From the bustling streets of Hong Kong to the dreamy cobblestone paths of Paris, city life has a lot to offer any traveler. In order to find out which of the world's most exciting cities reigns supreme, Time Out and Tapestry Research created the Time Out City Life Index, a survey 15,000 people in 32 cities across the globe. Researchers asked questions about food, drink, culture, friendliness, affordability, happiness, and livability to create a definitive ranking of the world's best cities. Based on their research, the best city in the world right now is Chicago.
This city tops the list due to its bar scene, live music, culture, local neighborhoods, and its affordability. There are just so many things to do in Chicago. Additionally, survey participants felt the happiest and proudest compared to urbanites from other cities in the running. Its only shortcomings were in areas of safety and whether or not the city has improved over time.
Chicago is followed by Porto, New York City, Melbourne, London, Madrid, Manchester, Lisbon, Philadelphia, and Barcelona. While the Windy City outranks all others, each city has something unique to offer. The survey found that Parisians have the most sex, but they are also the most sleep-deprived. New Yorkers are the most stressed, but they make up for it with some of the most exciting nightlife. Bangkok takes the cake for best street food, and Melbourne appears to be the happiest city in the world.
Consult the Time Out City Life Index before planning your next vacation to one of the most exciting cities in the world.