New York will cater to holidaymakers craving a trip that’s on the cutting edge of trendiness for 2019. Whether you know the lively city as the Big Apple, Concrete Jungle or simply the home of Macy’s and Bloomingdales, it has been hailed the absolute best city in the world according to the result of the Time Out Index 2019, by Time Out Magazine. It came after 30,000 people in 48 cities were grilled about their views on their particular city. Food, drink, happiness, culture and affordability were all surveyed, with 91 per cent gushing how New York always offers something to see and do, on any given day.
The Time Out team then combined feedback with expert knowledge to ascertain their results.
New York will celebrate World Pride this year, with other arts and culture highlights including cultural institution The Shed, the World’s Fare Festival of International Cuisine and the unveiling of four new public landmarks honouring trailblazing women.
The so-called ‘capital of the world’ pipped Melbourne – famed for its music scene and happiness vibes – to second place.
Again flying the flag for America, Chicago came third.
Yet, for those who are craving beaming smiles with their sunshine, it might be the best place as it was declared the happiness place in the world.
London came fourth with culture, live music and food proving hugely popular.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles came in fifth.
Yet when it comes to the booziest city worldwide, the UK came top.
Manchester was hailed the booziest place on earth, home to the highest percentage of drinkers.
Those in Edinburgh, however, also appeared to enjoy the finer side of life and clocked up the fewest working hours each week, with 35.3 hours.
Glasgow was also top of the world for friendliness and affordability.
James Manning, Global Projects Editor of Time Out said: “Time Out has been helping people explore and enjoy the best of the city since 1968, starting in London and now curating the best of 315 cities.
“The Time Out Index lets us understand what makes the world’s greatest cities tick right now.
“The cities at the top of our list are centres of diversity, diversion and dissent dotted across the world: places where anything can (and does) happen, where new ideas, delicious food and world-class art and entertainment are born every day, and where people from all corners can come together with a shared civic identity.
“Every single one of these cities should be on your travel bucket list for 2019.”
The world’s top 10 best cities right now, according to the Time Out Index 2019:
1. New York
5. Los Angeles