When asked about the best cities in the world, many of us look to the bright lights of New York.
But the cultural and financial capital of the USA has not managed to appear among the ten best cities in the world.
The Big Apple came in 14th place, surpassed by American cities such as Chicago, which came in third place, Washington DC, which came in ninth, and Boston in 13th place.
Consumer champion Which one? asked more than 1,800 respondents to rate their world travel experiences outside of Europe over the past three years. Locations were marked based on seven different criteria, including quality of food and drink, cultural and tourist attractions, ease of getting around and value for money. The city’s score was then calculated based on a combination of overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend the destination.
Sydney came first in the survey and was praised for its “spectacular” scenery and “lively” atmosphere. Perhaps surprisingly, Cape Town, which has been marred by incidents of gang-related violence and crime, came in second place, while Las Vegas, a city very popular with British tourists, came in last place.
Britons have voted Sydney the best “city in the world” in a poll by Which?. It was praised for its “spectacular” scenery and “lively” atmosphere.
Consumer champion Which one? asked more than 1,800 respondents to rate their world travel experiences outside of Europe over the past three years
Despite being a world-famous party destination, renowned for entertainment and casinos, Las Vegas did not earn more than two stars in any category. Although visitors enjoyed the “crazy fun” that can be found on the Strip, respondents noted that it is a “love it or hate it” destination, with “something to love (or avoid) around every corner.”
Los Angeles, another popular tourist destination, also made the bottom three. The city scored low for ease of getting around, with one respondent saying “rush hours are manic” and another adding: “Be careful when renting a car – the roads are crazy.”
Australian cities dominated the top 10, with Melbourne in sixth and Perth in seventh, while Japanese cities also scored highly.
Perhaps surprisingly, Cape Town, which has been plagued by incidents of gang-related violence and crime, came in second place.
Chicago (third) offers the best of America at a better price, according to Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel
Kyoto (fourth), was praised for its Buddhist temples, Zen gardens and authentic food that is often “cooked in front of you.”
Kyoto, the former Japanese imperial capital famous for cherry blossoms in spring, came in fourth place and was praised for its Buddhist temples, Zen gardens and authentic food that is often “cooked in front of you.”
Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travelsaid: “The top-rated cities in our latest survey may be wildly different, but they all have one important thing in common: they offer visitors a feast for the senses, with a fantastic range of cultural attractions, great food and stunning landscapes. “. combining to create that undeniable “wow” factor.
‘Australia proved particularly popular, with sunny Sydney courting visitors with its unique mix of cosmopolitan city life and relaxed beach vibe, while Melbourne and Perth also impressed. Meanwhile, Chicago offers the best of America at a better price.’