8) BERLIN, GERMANY
The high-energy German capital checks a variety of boxes, praised for its all-night raves, fine dining, “revolutionary walking tours and cutting-edge contemporary art shows”. Interestingly, it is also notable for its affordability — only 10% of respondents described the city as expensive, the lowest anywhere in the world. It also got the world’s best rating for public transport with 97% approval.
9) MONTREAL, CANADA
TimeOut hails the Canadian city with its “mix of European culture and Québécois joie de vivre” as a “true all-rounder” with solid results across the board: 93% of locals rate the food and drink scene, 82% praised its art and museums, and 80% said it was easy to take a walk in nature. TimeOut says the city has bounced back post-pandemic, with several new restaurants and bars and “some seriously positive energy”.
10) COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
More than a city full of “hot people on bikes” — who knew? — the Danish capital is apparently a city that likes to party, but also comes out as one of the world’s greatest green cities, ranking second in the world for sustainability with 75% positive responses (Stockholm was the highest with 78%). It also scored highly for walkability (86%) and ease of getting around by bike (97%). Special mention is also made of how it is using its canals in creative ways this summer with hydrofoil bikes, floating saunas, jacuzzis and even kayak bars.
TimeOut started in 1968 as a publication listing the best cultural attractions — art, film, theatre, restaurants and more — in London. While it has grown to cover more than 300 cities in 59 countries, its last print edition hit the streets last month. It is now an online-only publication.
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