These are the top 37 cities in the world for 2021

IN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, many have decided to pack up their belongings and move. But deciding on a new place to live in is not as easy and throwing a dart at a map and hoping it’ll all work out.

To make sure you choose your next home very carefully, Time Out has ranked the best cities in the world in 2021. To create this ranking, the publication surveyed 27,000 city-dwellers from around the world and asked them what living in their cities was like this year. Topics covered in the survey included food, culture, community projects, green space, and sustainability.

After compiling the results, Time Out ranked the best 37 cities in the world. Here are the top three:

San Francisco

The Painted Ladies in San Francisco

Photo: Luciano Mortula – LGM/Shutterstock

Time Out explains that San Francisco got the top stop for the strong community spirits that emerged in the city during the pandemic. While the COVID-19 restrictions have been strict in SF, people stepped up to help their neighbors in needs in many ways, like the SF New Deal initiative which helped small businesses stay afloat during those tough times.


Vondel park in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam came in second place for its green spaces and efforts when it comes to sustainability. The city is home to Vondelpark the largest city park in Amsterdam and the most popular. According to the Amsterdam tourism board, Vondelpark is also “home to a selection of restaurants and cafés, including the Blauwe Theehuis, Café Vertigo, Vondelpark3, De Vondeltuin and the Groot Melkhuis. You’ll also find a skate rental shop, an open-air theatre and a rose garden with more than 70 types of roses in the park.” The fact that Amsterdam is has one the best museums in the world, Rijksmuseum, is another huge asset.


Cathedral of Manchester

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Time Out ranked Manchester as third best city in the world in 2021 for its cultural events and creative vibe, as well as the all-around good-spirited people. The city was voted number one for the following category: ‘nightlife’, ‘creativity’, ‘community spirit’, ‘friendliness’, and ‘getting to know your neighbors’.

Here are Time Out’s ranking for the 37 best cities in the world:

  1. San Francisco, California

  2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

  3. Manchester, United Kingdom

  4. Copenhagen, Denmark

  5. New York, New York

  6. Montreal, Canada

  7. Prague, Czech Republic

  8. Tel Aviv, Israel

  9. Porto, Portugal

  10. Tokyo, Japan

  11. Los Angeles, California

  12. Chicago, Michigan

  13. London, United Kingdom

  14. Barcelona, Spain

  15. Melbourne, Australia

  16. Sydney, Australia

  17. Shanghai, China

  18. Madrid, Spain

  19. Mexico City, Mexico

  20. Hong Kong

  21. Lisbon, Portugal

  22. Boston, Massachusetts

  23. Milan, Italy

  24. Singapore

  25. Miami, Florida

  26. Dubai, UAE

  27. Beijing, China

  28. Paris, France

  29. Budapest, Hungary

  30. Abu Dhabi, UAE

  31. São Paulo, Brazil

  32. Johannesburg, South Africa

  33. Rome, Italy

  34. Moscow, Russia

  35. Buenos Aires, Argentina

  36. Istanbul, Turkey

  37. Bangkok, Thailand

To learn more about the ranking, visit Time Out‘s website 

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