The following are the World’s Best cities that you should visit once in your lifetime.  From the most fascinating Asian cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong to the recent metropolis such as Dubai and entertainment capital such as Las Vegas and Macau, the list is packed with some of the planets most exciting destinations.  Our list is divided into various sections, starting with the top 10 most famous cities, followed by the key urban destinations within the various world regions including the Americas (North, Central, South), Europe, Africa, Asia and finally Oceania. Each item on the list comes with a short description as well as a photograph.

Topics

  1. Introduction
  2. Top 10 Cities
  3. Top Cities in the Americas
  4. Top Cities in Europe
  5. Top Cities in Africa
  6. Top Cities in Asia
  7. Top Cities in Oceania
  8. Complete Top 100 World’s cities list

Top 10 Cities

The following are the world’s Top 10 Cities with some of the most famous global metropolis in Europe, Asia and America including Paris, London, New York City, Bangkok and Singapore.

  1. Paris
  2. London
  3. Bangkok
  4. Singapore
  5. New York
  6. Kuala Lumpur
  7. Hong Kong
  8. Dubai
  9. Istanbul
  10. Rome

Paris

Paris: world’s most visited city

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Paris is not only the capital and biggest city in France but the world’s most visited city.   It is located on the river Seine at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits, is largely unchanged since 1860 and has an estimated population of over 2 millions.  The metropolitan area however has a population of almost 12 million and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.  An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.

London

London: one of the world’s greatest global cities and second most visited

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London is one of the world’s greatest cities.  It is a vibrant and exciting metropolis packed with a variety of different cultures, influences, world class attractions and entertainment for every budget and lifestyle.   It is a really diversified city offering so much to its residents as well as to the millions of tourists coming in every year.  From world class museums and galleries to chic hotels, well known shops to exquisite restaurants, passing by a variety of music venues, it has something for everyone.

Bangkok

Bangkok: one of Asia’s most visited and vibrant cities

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Bangkok, with its wide array of cultural and religious sites, bargain shopping locations, famous nightlife and many business and technological centre is one of the most contrasting and compelling of all Asian cities. It is indeed a very cosmopolitan city with a good mix of Thai, Chinese and other Middle Eastern influence, not to forget the millions of tourist from all over the world flowing in every year.  With a population of over ten million it is a surprisingly safe and clean city, offering many transport options including a multitude of elevated highways, the Sky train (BTS), the underground (MRT), and boats, not to mention the famous tuk-tuks.  It is also the perfect city to enjoy a relaxing Thai massage or experience a Muay Thai kickboxing match.

Singapore

Singapore: the world’s most globalised city

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The city state of Singapore is one of the most interesting and inspiring city of all South-east Asia.  Officially called the Republic of Singapore, it is a set of islands located in the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, south of Thailand.  Singapore is said to be the world’s most globalised city, with a long history of immigration and a big expatriate community.  It has today a population of around 5 million consisting of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians and with about 40% of the city being foreigners including both students and workers.  It is the world’s second most densely populated city right after Monaco. This cosmopolitan city, which is part of the four East Asian Tigers (with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan) also play a fundamental role in the finance and international trade world. Its port is one of the busiest in Asia and the country is considered one of the worlds’s most technologically advanced.

New York City

New York City: one of the only World’s Alpha ++ Cities

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New York is the most populous city in the United States as well as a global metropolis with a significant impact upon international commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.   It is home of the United Nations Headquarters, the New York Stock Exchange considered the world’s largest stock exchange, as well as numerous of the world’s top rated colleges and universities.  It is often being described as the cultural capital of the world, hosting a variety of museums and art gallery. It is located within the world’s largest natural harbours and its skyline is one of the most recognisable in the world.  It is especially impressive at night when all the skyscrapers are illuminated.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur: one of Asia’s fastest developing cities

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Kuala Lumpur is the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia, and considered one of the fastest growing metropolitan regions in the country, in both population and economy.  It is rated as one of the world’s alpha cities being an important cultural, financial and economic centre in Malaysia and Asia.  It also played host in a variety of international events such as the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the Formula One World Championship.  Kuala Lumpur is best known today as the home of the Petronas Twin Towers, considered the tallest twin buildings in the world and representing an iconic symbol of the country.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong: World’s best example of East meets West

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Hong Kong, along with Macau is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of the People’s Republic of China.  Situated on China’s south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of just 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated areas.  Its population is 95 percent ethnic Chinese and 5 percent from other groups.  It has become a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War, until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty.  The region espoused minimum government intervention under the ethos of positive non-interventionism during the colonial era, which greatly influenced the current culture of Hong Kong, often described as East meets West.

Dubai

Dubai: home to one of the world’s most innovative construction projects

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Dubai is by far the most famous city within the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located south east of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula within the emirate’s northern coastline.  When oil was discovered in the region in the late 60’s, it quickly led to a massive influx of foreign workers, expanding the city by 300% and bringing in international oil interests. The modern emirate of Dubai was created after the UK left the area in 1971. Today, Dubai has emerged as a global city and a business hub. Although Dubai’s economy was built predominantly on the oil industry, its main revenues are now from tourism, real estate, and financial services, similar to that of Western countries.  Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects including the Palm, the World, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest manmade structure and the famous Burj al Arab considered the world’s only seven-Star hotel.

Istanbul

Istanbul: world’s only metropolis situated on two continents

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Istanbul, historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople is today the largest city of Turkey, with a population of over 13 million inhabitants, as well as the the country’s cultural, economic and financial capital.  Istanbul strategically lies on the Bosphorus strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, within the northwest part of the country.  It is the only metropolis situated on two continents, extending both on the European (Thrace) and Asian (Anatolia) sides of the strait.  It ranks among the world’s fastest growing metropolitan area.  Its historic areas were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985, and it was named a joint European Capital of Culture for 2010 and the European Capital of Sports for 2012.

Rome

Rome: considered the birthplaces of western civilization

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Rome is Italy’s capital and most populous city.  It is located within the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region.  Rome’s history spans two and a half thousand years, and was once at the heart of the Roman Empire, one of Western Europe and the Mediterranean region most dominant power for over seven hundred years (from the 1st century BC until the 7th century AD). The city is regarded as one of the birthplaces of western civilization, as well as the seat of the Papacy since the 1st century AD.  It is today ranked as a beta+ world city and is the most popular tourist attraction in Italy and third within the European Union.  It is also considered one of the world’s most successful city brands, both in terms of reputation and assets, with its historic centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as being home some of the world’s top 50 most visited tourist destinations such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum.