According to international media brand Time Out, world-famous San Francisco has been crowned the ‘world’s best’ city to visit in 2021. Surveying around 27,000 global city dwellers to narrow down the top 10 list, Time Out considered everything from nightlife, cultural highlights, sense of community and even the way the COVID-19 pandemic was handled. Environmental initiatives, commitment to activism and overall friendliness were also examined.
Time Out applauded San Francisco’s citizens for finding ways to support each other during strict shutdowns. The city’s transition to outdoor dining due to the pandemic is set to become permanent, with Time Out describing it as one big outdoor party. But San Francisco is just one location on this list as there remain 9 other global gems one can explore and be assured of having a delightful experience.
Caroline McGinn, Time Out’s global editor in chief stated that ‘this year’s list of the best cities in the world shines a spotlight on cities that adapted during a time where the key factors that make these metropolises the place to be – fun, culture and socialising – were largely off the table.’
The cities concerned are Amsterdam, Netherlands in second place, Manchester, UK in third and Copenhagen, Denmark in fourth. Another USA city, New York follows suit at fifth place with Montreal, Canada coming in 6th. The list is rounded up by Prague in Czech Republic, Tel Aviv in Israel, Porto in Portugal and finally Tokyo, Japan.