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User currently offlineBristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2329 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

I have now lived in 2 cities, Bristol (UK) and Phoenix (US) and both of them have tinpot local radio stations claiming that they are broadcasting to 'the world's best city'. Clearly this is some cheesy statement by some hoping-for-promotion-to-decent-national-station local radio DJs but I was wondering what you lot think are the world's best cities.

My favourites:

Vancouver (Canada) - on the ocean, near the mountains so has spectacular backdrop and a cool vibe about the place
San Diego (US) - on the ocean, really relaxed and Coronado is just the nicest area.

Oh, and just for fun, the worst:

Milton Keynes (UK) - flat, charmless and featureless.

Fortune favours the brave
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User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3671 times:

Oh, and just for fun, the worst:

No city can be any worse than Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

My vote for world's best would go to Sydney, Australia.

Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.....
User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3663 times:

Ain't another city in the world like New York.

User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 14146 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3634 times:

Vancouver BC. Hands down the best city on Earth! I can't even tell you what a blast I had there last weekend!

Second would be my home in the US: Portland Oregon. I think it is a smaller and American version of Vancouver.

Worst may have to go to either Yakima or Medford. Just a bunch of people sharing the same valley. Not doing much of anything. Nothing cultural or significant about either city. They are just there.


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User currently offlinePhxairfan From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 811 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3623 times:

Best city, definitely London. No other place can you find anything that you are looking for, and a lot of stuff that you weren't. No other place has the Tube, try as they might. Also there is no other place can you watch Chelsea play.(A home game)

Worst city would have to be Tucson. Too much Mexico not enough trash pickup.

User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3613 times:

New York, New York. So nice,they named it twice.

User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3593 times:

Yes, this is very good cities in New York and I am really like them. I am sure we can go there in New York someday.

User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5954 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3583 times:

here is the list from Travel and Leisure poll. i've been to 5 of the top 10  Smile my vote would go to Istanbul or New York

Don't be fooled by Sydney's repeat as the world's No. 1 city. Although the Australian metropolis is pulling off this feat an astonishing sixth time, there's major change afoot in the 2003 city rankings—perennial favorites Paris, London, and Hong Kong are all out of the top 10 overall. Taking their place: Cape Town, which was last part of the elite group in 1997, and Istanbul and Santa Fe, which have never before been rated among the 10 best.

Top 10 Overall
Rank Name Score
1 Sydney 87.62
2 Florence 87.14
3 Bangkok 87.11
4 Rome 86.64
5 Cape Town 84.88
6 New York 84.67
7 San Francisco 83.86
8 Venice 83.23
9 Istanbul 83.18
10 Santa Fe 83.08

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User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3576 times:

Hmmm, funny that, according to the poll neither Bristol nor Phoenix are in the top ten (let alone the top one). Maybe this post should've been about the crapness of local radio!


Fortune favours the brave
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4053 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3571 times:

Personally Sydney is my favorite.

Hong Kong is great too, great nightlife also.

New York is way down my list. Way too over rated and the nightlife is shyte too.

London is nice, but is let down by the amount of litter and the cr@p public transport system.


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User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3571 times:

Syracuse, NY

This one should go undisputed.

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3555 times:

New Orleans, LA, USA...

...also worthy of notable mention:

Miami, FL

New York, NY

Paris, *beep (censored)*

Victoria, Hong Kong

User currently offlineQB737 From Canada, joined Mar 2003, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3549 times:
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Vancouver, by far.  Smile


User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 3526 times:


Nothing can get close to them


User currently offlineRyangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 3483 times:

lol, i dont think milton keynes is classed as a "city" some how!!!

I have travelled to many major cities in my time and here goes:-

1. London - unprecidented history, parallel streets (blocks) unheard of! London has everything bar 24 hour transport.

2. New york - A London cousin with blocks!

3. Sydney - stunning location and harbour but city wise not up there with London and New york.

My 3 favourites and believe me i tried to knock London but the character and amazing architecture and history is impossible to ignore.


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User currently offlineWorldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 3449 times:

I am with you Bristolflyer

San Diego is just beautiful. It has so much to offer and I love it there.

London is one of the greatest cities in the world - no question. New York, Sydney, Paris, Rome and Rio are amongst the best for me.

The worst? I wouldn't hurry back to Athens.


User currently offlineDamirc From Slovenia, joined Feb 2004, 746 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

No contest  Smile

New York, NY  Smile


User currently offlineLionel From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 391 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

My vote goes to Zurich, Switzerland!

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

I liked Athens!

If Bristol is the best, i'm George Bush  Nuts

User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 3422 times:

My hometown Amsterdam is pretty cool, but overall in the world, from my own experience, Rome is the best city ever... Can't wait to get back there!


Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2292 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 3407 times:

I can't pick just one , so:

Berlin, Germany
New York, NY

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User currently offlineNZblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 639 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 9 hours ago) and read 3368 times:

Sydney, Australia
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Firenze, Italy
London, UK
Cologne, Germany
Barcelona, Spain
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Seattle, WA / Vancouver, BC
Hana, HI

In no particular order...probably  Smile


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User currently offlinePhxairfan From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 811 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 7 hours ago) and read 3346 times:

Florence at number 2? I mean I guess it was nice, but hardly the 2nd best city in the world. Actually if your gonna be in Florence, I suggest you stay in a little town outside of it called Montecatini. If you head west out of Florence past the airport, its the next major city that you'll come too. Its a beautiful city with a wonderful nightlife, I would highly recommend visiting there. It is also only a short maybe 45 min drive from Florence, so you could stay in Montecatini and take a trip in to see everything.

User currently offlineRoberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 11 months 7 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

Im a fan of Geneva, Madrid and Malaga.

And naturally London given its my home.

User currently offlineAloha73g From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2407 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (11 years 11 months 7 hours ago) and read 3335 times:

"Hana, HI"

I don't think Hana counts as a city, though it is an AWESOME little town.

Honolulu though is a great city--beautiful scenery, nice people, strong culture & rich history.


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25 SESGDL : Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Tie. I'm from the Twin Cities, and couldn't love them more. They're both lovely cities, great quality of life. Je
26 Dtwclipper : Detroit, what else could I say?
27 WidgetBoi : Vancouver!!!!!!! jeremy
28 767-332ER : 1. Sevilla, Spain 2. New York, NY 3. San Diego, CA 4. Boca Raton, Fl. 5. Orlando, Fl. 6. Phoenix, Az 7. London, England 8. Paris, France 9. Dubai, U.
29 Rjpieces : Honestly, I don't see why people are choosing niche cities! While I'm sure many of these cities are beautiful, and if you grew up there it is understa
30 AATriple7 : 10- Cleveland 9- L.A. 8- Corona 7- Riverside 6- New York 5- Palm Beach 4- Memphis 3- Minneapolis 2- Las Vegas 1- Phoenix
31 Qantasclub : I can't get past Sydney's stunning beauty and unbeatable lifestyle. It is simply the most drop dead gorgeous,aesthetic, coolest place on earth. London
32 Post contains images ZKSUJ : They say the world's best city thing here in AKL to. AKL is nice, but boring after a while. Rome and Zurich are Nice. Singapore in im opinion is too c
33 Deltaownsall : 1. Hong Kong 2. Singapore 3. Tokyo I suppose Dubai and Sydney would be up there as well if I had been to them before. how the hell did florence get th
34 Lionel : AATriple7: The world is bigger than the US! Do you know that there are other countries in the world?
35 Delayedagain : Go back to the poll posted by Qantas077 and look for the city that no-one else is mentioning. Stand tall, CAPE TOWN and take your place as one of the
36 Lionel : Please believe me. This are only stories. The drug-scene ended 10 years ago. I don't know which "drugstore" you mean. Please explain! You must have se
37 Post contains images Delayedagain : Lionel drugstore as in pharmacy! And they seemed to think the fact they had one open 24hours was something worth shouting about Zurich may always be i
38 9V-SPF : For me: 1. New York City, NY 2. Vancouver, BC 3. Munich, Germany 4. San Francisco, CA 5. Paris, France 6. Miami, FL 7. London, UK 8. Orlando, FL 9. Os
39 Sabena332 : My favorites (only cities I visited): Singapore Dubai Paris San Francisco Barcelona Cape Town New York Berlin Vienna Lisbon Milan Patrick
40 Lionel : Delayedagain: That must have been a very bad sightseeingtour. In Zurich there are many great things to see which you can't see out of a tour bus. It's
41 Post contains images Delayedagain : Lionel: I'll give it another try then on your recommendation , but just because of your approval of Cape Town
42 Goose : Personal bias.... but out of all the cities I've been to, my home town of Calgary has to stand out among the best. Clean streets, friendly folks. Comp
43 Swissgabe : 1.ZURICH / Switzerland 2.KUALA LUMPUR / Malaysia 3.TOKYO / Japan 4.CAPE TOWN / South Africa 5.KUESNACHT / Switzerland others: Cape Town / South Africa
44 JAL777 : For me... its Tokyo. I love everything about it.
45 Swissgabe : Delayedagain I guess you have been in the WRONG bus or in one of those Zurich's you have in the US ...
46 Pdpsol : RJpieces does have a point... Cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Aukland, Seattle, Vancouver, Florence, Zurich, Munich, Hamburg, even San Francisco, Amste
47 Delta767300ER : -London -Tokyo -Istanbul -Los Angeles -Las Vegas -Delta767300ER
48 Dc10guy : You guys are whey whey off ..... Its Amsterdam. The greatest city on the planet.
49 AirxLiban : i've been to a number of places aorund the world, but no where in east asia, south america or australia so my judgment is limited to what I know. And
50 Post contains images Delayedagain : swissgabe: you must have missed my earlier conciliatory offer to give ZRH another chance since it gets a few compliments. So, what does one do for 2 n
51 Post contains images FJWH : Wietse, NZblue and especially Dc10guy, INDEED MY FRIENDS!! AMSTERDAM!! FJWH
52 Swissgabe : Delayedagain, well, I missed it. sorry about that ... you might visit www.zuerich.com and get most of the information you need. tell me, what are you
53 Maxair : For unrivalled choices in just about anything you wish to mention....London
54 Post contains images Russophile : New York, New York. So nice,they named it twice. Wagga was named twice too. Wagga Wagga. And it's a farking shithole. Does this also apply to New York
55 Post contains images Ryanb741 : For me it's Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. I live in London and can't stand the place - too many Londoners
56 Ben : Sydney people love themselves sooo much it aint funny. Guys, the residents of every other Australian city, town, suburb and outback dunny disagree wi
57 Pdpsol : Russophile, Yes, HK does have < 5 million, but it is expected to grow significantly in the future, with greater immigration from the mainland PRC. Sin
58 Gman94 : My vote is for Toronto. Me and the wife have been there each year for the last five years and we love more it each time we go. It's a fantastic city a
59 G-KIRAN : The favourites out the major cities that I have been to: 1.London, UK 2.Sydney, Australia 3.Rome, Italy 4.Vienna, Austria 5.Vancouver, Canada 6.Singap
60 QANTASFOREVER : Ben Sdney people love themselves sooo much it aint funny. As an ex Sydney-sider I must agree. Guys, the residents of every other Australian city, town
61 Post contains images ClassicLover : People from the US often do that, because they (usually rightly) assume that people know what country they're talking about. I've been to the USA and
62 Post contains images UKRAir : Kiev UKRAINE !!!
63 Flymia : My top Miami FL London UK Madrid Also to everyone that had Orlando on there list why? What so good about Orlando. That city would be on my worst list.
64 FraT : For me the greatest cities are Sydney and Vancouver. Other great places are: Europe: Rome, Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam Asia: HK, Singapore Pacific: A
65 Post contains images BMAbound : I like Moscow. The coolest view of a city I've ever had in my life was standing on my hotel room balcony at that really big hotel that was solely buil
66 Nudelhirsch : How come, in 65 replies CHICAGO was only mentioned once in the middle of a big list of cities, c'mon guys!
67 Lionel : Nudelhirsch, thats true. Chicago is one of the best cities in the US!
68 Nudelhirsch : Now thanks! What do we have all these beaches and girls for? AND, our beaches are under the approach routings for ORD and also departure routings of O
69 KEno : My vote goes to LAUSANNE, Switzerland. Not too big, not too small, super clean, everything there works like clockwork, plenty of job opportunities, fa
70 FlyingKangaroo : Definately Singapore! Clean, modern, and it just has that feeling to it! flyingKangaroo
71 Post contains links Moekha786 : Pdpsol said: "RJpieces does have a point... Cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Aukland, Seattle, Vancouver, Florence, Zurich, Munich, Hamburg, even San Fr
72 Post contains images Saslover : Karup in Denmark!! [Edited 2004-07-11 16:50:25]
73 Post contains images Matt777 : Best: Big: Roma (Rome) Napoli (Naples) Milano (Milan) Medium: Padova (Padua) Firenze (Florence) Venezia (Venice) Small: Portofino Bellaggio Moena
74 Schweizair : Electrabob: You're wrong. It HAS to be Baghdad.
75 BAViscount : All depends on what you're looking for in a city. Sydney, I think, is a stunningly beautiful city, but I preferred Melbourne - it has a friendlier atm
76 Qantasflyer : Sydney people love themselves sooo much it aint funny. Guys, the residents of every other Australian city, town, suburb and outback dunny disagree wit
77 Mas777 : wallpaper* magazine earlier this year voted Kuala Lumpur as Southeast Asia's hippest city. Understated and underexplored - it certainly does deserve t
78 Post contains images JGPH1A : 1. Rome - just stunning, has everything, 2700 years old and still VERY civilised. 2. Sydney - location, location, location (and Bondi Beach) 3. Capeto
79 Dcbat2072 : What about Washington DC? I think it ranks as one of the world's most beautiful cities, it being the capital of the most powerful nation on earth.
80 JGPH1A : Yes Washington is nice, very impressive monuments, amazing layout etc, but you'd think that the greatest nation on Earth would be able to do something
81 Post contains images NoelG : Can't stand London - each time I've been I've thought it was a shithole and is too big, loud, and scary. It never gets any better! The only place I've
82 JeepBoy : This is too easy to pick.. My Home Town Sydney is by far the best city in the world. S Y D N E Y Where do I start? JB
83 Pdpsol : Moekha786, I lived in Chicago for two years, living in Hyde Park and studying at the University of Chicago. I've visited the Art Museum and the Field
84 TransIsland : I probably agree with the initial statement about Milton Keynes. C'mon, I've been to watch "Wimbledon" play Rotheram last December, and despite the pl
85 Ushermittwoch : I can tell you that Halle/Saale is the worst city in Germany. As for the best in the world? Well Paris is growing on me more and more...
87 Caribb : Trent Vancouver is a nice city but quite frankly it's the mountains around it that gives it it's charm. They are spectacular. The city itself is quite
88 JeepBoy : *Sydney* *yay* My city seems to rate so highly all of the time! Is it because Sydney is the best city in the world? Could an Australian city make all
89 Lan_Fanatic : Considering the big cities I've visited, here's my top 10: 1.London: Not the most beautiful city on Earth, but extremely interesting and fun. Might be
90 Cragley : Vancouver.......no contest. Worst city would be Seoul Sorry to step on toes......but maybe some feet are too big :P
91 NWADC9 : Kansas City, Missouri Seattle, Washington Any South Korean city, South Korea Detroit, Michigan Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Frankfort, Germany Memphis
92 Travelagent : Despite that I love my hometown Düsseldorf - my all time favorite is Honolulu! I just returned from my seventh visit there, just can`t get enough of
93 An-225 : I have to say that Moscow is definitely one of the greatest cities on the planet. All kinds of restaurants and entertainment; everything is open 24/7
94 TK : Yes, HK does have < 5 million, but it is expected to grow significantly in the future... What are you talking about? Hong Kong has a population of 6.8
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