The Top 25 Cities in the World

1. Oaxaca, Mexico

A Spanish Colonial church in Oaxaca, Mexico

Whether you’re into art, architecture, food, history, spirits of the drinking kind, or handicrafts, Oaxaca has it in spades. “One of the most delightful cities I’ve ever visited,” wrote one World’s Best voter. A center for mole and mezcal making, Oaxaca is filled with fantastic markets, including Mercado Benito Juárez, where visitors can find local staples like grasshopper tacos. The city also boasts both a modern art museum in a 17th-century mansion and, 20 minutes away, an impressive pre-Colombian archaeological site. Artisanal culture is not just alive in this southern Mexican city but thriving. “We visited a basket maker, a lady making red pottery, rug weavers who dye their own yarn, and an amazing group of woodcarvers that paint/decorate the carving,” reported one T+L reader, who presumably went home with an extra suitcase.

2. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Traditional wooden doorway set in a yellow wall in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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Score: 92.01

3. Hoi An, Vietnam

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall in Hoi An, Vietnam

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Score: 90.52

4. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tuk Tuk on the street in Chiang May, Thailand

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Score: 89.62

5. Florence

The Fountain of Neptune in Florence, Italy

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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 89.21

6. Kyoto, Japan

View of Kyoto, Japan at night, featuring the Kyoto Tower

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Score: 88.77

7. Udaipur, India

A woman in an orange sari walks past a mural in Udaipur, India

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Score: 88.49

8. Luang Prabang, Laos

Drone view of Luang Prabang, Laos

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Score: 88.17

9. Ubud, Indonesia

Men riding motorbikes through Ubud, Indonesia

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Score: 88.16

1o. Istanbul

Street cafes in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey

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Score: 88.14

11. Mexico City

Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, Mexico

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Score: 87.95

12. Bangkok

Cityscape of Bangkok, Thailand, including the Grand Palace

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Score: 87.91

13. Rome

View of Rome, Italy, from Castel Sant'Angelo

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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 87.90

14. Jaipur, India

Children play cricket in the backdrop of the Ajmeri Gate, in Jaipur, India

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Score: 87.87

15. Tokyo

View of the Tokyo skyline at sunset, featuring the Tokyo Skytree

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Score: 87.67

16. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Aerial view of Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Score: 87.38

17. Lisbon

Aerial view of Augusta Street, near Commerce Square, in Lisbon, Portugal

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Score: 87.34

18. Charleston, South Carolina

A student on the campus of the College of CHarleston, SC

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Score: 87.29

19. Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco, Peru, with the Andes mountains in the background

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Score: 87.24

20. Porto, Portugal

Woman walking in front of the Carmo church in Porto, Portugal

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Score: 87.15

21. Singapore

Modern and traditional architecture in Singapore

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Score: 87.05

22. New Orleans

French Quarter bars and restaurants on Bourbon Street in New Orleans Louisiana

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Score: 87.03

23. Seville, Spain

THe Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain

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Score: 87.00

24. Mérida, Mexico

Cityscape in Merida, Mexico

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Score: 86.84

25. Kraków, Poland

Aerial view of the market square in Krakow, Poland

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