Charlotte Foster

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The world's best cities in 2022 revealed

The world's best cities in 2022 revealed

The top 53 cities in the world have been crowned, after Time Out asked 20,000 city dwellers around the world to share their opinion.

The guide's 2022 World's Best Cities Index revealed that Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, has been voted the best city in 2022, due to its beauty, history and walkability. 

The Illinois capital city of Chicago came in second, the Colombian city of Medellin in third, Glasgow in fourth place and The Netherlands' capital of Amsterdam in fifth place. 

The ranking is now in its fifth year, as it calls on those who live in a city to "point people in the direction of the places that locals are raving about" and putting an emphasis on "the things that make cities great places to visit as well as to live".

Edinburgh took the crown as the best city in world, with locals calling the city "ever-evolving". 

Time Out added about the city, "Self-expression is encouraged, with 88 per cent of locals saying it is easy to express who you are in the city. It's something that’s celebrated every summer with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which this year will be marking its 75th anniversary."

Chicago's second place spot is largely due to the city's thriving art and culture scene, with 95% of people claiming there is always something new to do. 

The guide adds, "Whether you want to try world-class dining from high-end restaurants to outstanding family-run eateries, party until 4am at historic clubs, spend a day soaking up the sun along Lake Michigan, see iconic artworks or just wander among different neighbourhoods – all this is putting the city on the map for visitors."

Two Aussie cities made the list, with Melbourne coming in at 15th and Sydney taking out the 46th spot. 

One New Zealand city also featured in the list, with Auckland coming in at 47th. 

Check out the entire list of the top 53 cities for 2022 below. 

1. Edinburgh, Scotland

2. Chicago, USA

3. Medellin, Colombia

4. Glasgow, Scotland

5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

6. Prague, Czech Republic

7. Marrakech, Morocco

8. Berlin, Germany

9. Montreal, Canada

10. Copenhagen, Denmark

11. Cape Town, South Africa

12. Madrid, Spain

13. Manchester, England

14. Mumbai, India

15. Melbourne, Australia

16. Taipei, Taiwan

17. London, England

18. Porto, Portugal

19. Lyon, France

20. New York, USA

21. Buenos Aires, Argentina

22. Birmingham, England

23. Stockholm, Sweden

24. Tokyo, Japan

25. San Francisco, USA

26. Delhi, India

27. Toronto, Canada

28. Lisbon, Portugal

29. Boston, USA

30. Mexico City, Mexico

31. Tel Aviv, Israel

32. Paris, France

33. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

34. Manila, Philippines 

35. Athens, Greece

36. Dublin, Ireland

37. Sao Paulo, Brazil

38. Miami, USA

39. Barcelona, Spain

40. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

41. Rome, Italy

42. Los Angeles, USA

43. Accra, Ghana

44. Singapore

45. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

46. Sydney, Australia

47. Auckland, New Zealand

48. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

49. Johannesburg, South Africa

50. Istanbul, Turkey

51. Bangkok, Thailand

52. Hong Kong

53. Doha, Qatar

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