A Conde Nast Traveler survey that asked some of the world’s most affluent and worldly globetrotters to name their favourite cities has crowned Tokyo the world’s best city of 2017.
Some cities can leave their visitors disheartened, deceived and heavy with disappointment, while others leave their visitors inspired and exhilarated – consistently. In the 2017 edition of CN Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, the city that never disappoints is Tokyo, where neon-lit skyscrapers coexist with temples, shrines and ancient forests.
Tokyo is also a food lover’s paradise, with more Michelin stars than any other destination in the world. Just ask Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, who has circumnavigated the globe over the years and has repeatedly cited Tokyo as one of his all-time favourite cities.
It’s been a banner week for the Japanese capital, as an Economist report from their Intelligence Unit likewise named Tokyo the world’s safest city for 2017. Meanwhile, Vienna, Austria and Kyoto, Japan round out the CN Traveler podium after Tokyo.
Overall, the list of best cities in the world is dominated by Europe, which take up six of the top 10 spots. The United States is conspicuously absent, but Canada's Vancouver is the highest-ranked North American city at No. 8.
More than 300,000 readers cast their votes in categories like the best hotels, resorts, cruise lines, islands and airlines. Here are some of the winners:
Best Cities In The World
1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Kyoto, Japan
4. Barcelona, Spain
5. Paris, France
6. Sydney, Australia
7. Madrid, Spain
8. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
9. Rome, Italy
10. Munich, Germany
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