I’ve put together this list of singleroom best cities in the world based on several factors, including the city’s beauty, the quality of life and variety of sights and places of interest. I’d like to emphasise that these cities are chosen based on my personal opinion and experience traveling them. You may not agree with all of them, but feel free to share with me what YOUR favourite cities in the world are in the comments field below.
Meanwhile, here’s a look at the best cities in the world, according to singleroom!
1. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Despite its economic debacle in 2002, Buenos Aires is a vibrant, rapidly growing and very charismatic city that straddles between the past and present. The sprawling city holds on to its history and culture like no other place in Argentina, as evident from the old neighbourhoods like San Telmo where you’ll find people dancing tango on the streets, or La Boca, where cobblestoned streets flank colonial houses. Littered with gorgeous architecture, atmospheric bars and antique shops, Buenos Aires is reminiscent of Europe, yet completely its own. A unique place to live and smell culture, this is the perfect city to explore for art lovers who seek a bohemian lifestyle.
2. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona: progressive, new-age, and explosive. This Spanish city is so full of life and colors it dazzles almost every type of traveler, from the wide-eyed shoestring backpacker to the romance-seeking honeymooner and well-heeled traveler keen on indulging in luxury. The hip crowd usually hang around the beach at Barceloneta, while the artistic ones can mingle around works of Gaudi. Outdoor lovers will also love how Barcelona is surrounded by diverse and spectacular landscapes, and conveniently located between the mountains and the coast. Let’s not forget about the food here — indulge in delicious paella right on the beach or taste different tapas at the famous La Boqueria market.
3. Miami, USA
Besides the fact that this was the city that changed my life, Miami has that special flair that sets it apart from the rest of the US. With a large population from the Caribbean and Central and South America, the city has a sexy, Latin vibe. You can easily sense it from the authentic Cuban bars, Caribbean-style diners, and neighborhoods. Besides admiring the Art Deco architecture, you can go kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding on Key Biscayne and then soak up the Miami atmosphere and party the night away on South Beach. Better yet, if you’ve got the money to splurge, go on a sightseeing flight and see Miami Beach from above.
4. London, UK
London – Europe’s culture capital – is a melting pot of cultures and a modern-day testimony to European history. Packed with traditional English pubs, outdoor markets and green gardens, London is rich in character and old-world charm. Whether you are visiting the world-famous museums (that are often free to visit on certain days of the week), cruising on the Thames River or shopping along the Portobello Road Market, you won’t ever have a shortage of things to do in this lively capital city. We lived and worked in London for a year and packed every weekend with visits to museums, trips to eclectic neighbourhoods, or excursions to the suburbs for some greenery.
5. Melbourne, Australia
This city may be the second most populous city in Australia, but it doesn’t quite feel like it. Located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip, Melbourne is surrounded by nature — sprawling across the southwestern coast into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon mountain ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley.
The city itself is an eclectic cultural hub, with laid-back, artsy vibes. It also has plenty of European influence, as evident from its magnificent Tudor and Victorian houses. The climate, waterfront location and nightlife make it one of the most vibrant destinations in Australia. It’s also just a hop away from the spectacular Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island, both of which make for interesting destinations.
6. Seoul, South Korea
Seoul — jam-packed with plundering skyscrapers, brightly lit neon signs and an explosive culinary scene — is truly a city of epic proportions. With a population of over 10 million people, the dynamic capital city of South Korea is after all one of the largest cities in the world. For decades, it has been coyly hiding behind the shadow of its neighbouring brother, Tokyo. Today, Seoul has come into its own, emerging as the latest Asian powerhouse.
For the uninitiated, Seoul is a sensory overload: its gastronomy, culture and architecture evoke expressions of superlative magnitudes. The most colourful street food scene, the oldest temple and the raunchiest red-light district — it’s all here in Seoul. Amidst its futuristic buildings stand ancient palaces and pine-fringed park, and tucked between massive malls are sprawling night markets.
7. Singapore, Singapore
I may be biased, but Singapore was where I was born and raised, and it will always be somewhere special for me. Singapore may have risen through the ranks to become an economic hub in Asia — but it’s not all sky-soaring buildings and hectic commercial districts. Singapore is also filled with bouts of ethnic culture and tradition. Outside of the futuristic city center, you’ll find traditional Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, Muslim mosques and Catholic churches. In a multi-racial society like this, food is diverse and rich: sample colorful and flavorful Singaporean dishes like chilli crabs or fried oysters. Check out Singapore hotels in the City Hall and Esplanade area as that’s the beating heart of the city.
8. New York, USA
The Big Apple is America’s pride and joy – a massive metropolis chocked full of ethnic districts, charming restaurants and attractions. New York is perhaps the most photographed and filmed city in the world, with its sprawling skyline appearing in thousands of movies and series. When in New York, the first thing that most tourists do is climb to the top of the Empire State Building for a 360degree view; then wander through the night lights of Times Square and mourn the loss of lives at Ground Zero.
Extremely fast-paced, hedonistic and absolutely quirky, Tokyo is a megapolis packed with rising skyscrapers, flashing neon signs, contemporary architecture, and interesting urban tribes. A walk around Tokyo could lead you into massive electronics and arcade games stores, ancient 100-year-old temples, or ultra bizarre robot restaurants. The modern and old live side by side in Tokyo — it’s not uncommon to find historical wooden houses standing alongside hip boutiques, dark alleys lined with yakitori stands running parallel to large boulevards dotted with stylish restaurants. The best hotels in Tokyo range from budget capsule hotels to historical ryokan-style lodging, which make hotel stays an experience on its own.
10. Cape Town, South Africa
The Mother City of Africa, Cape Town, is my absolute favorite city in the world. It may not be the safest (it has a relatively high crime rate), but it is the most beautiful city I’ve seen. Poised in the southern tip of the African continent, Cape Town is a coastal city fringed by rugged beaches and topped with towering mountains. Table Mountain is the most important landmark of the city, and you can see it looming overhead wherever you go in the city. From the top of Table Mountain, feast on a 360-degree panorama of the City Bowl and bay area. With so much nature surrounding it, active travellers are in for a good treat here, with opportunities to engage in all kinds of outdoor activities from surfing to sand boarding, shark cage diving and even paragliding over Table Mountain.