Top 10 Greatest Cities in the World

There are so many great cities, and here are some of the best. I based it on night life, beach's, popularity, culture, sports, etc.

The Top Ten

1 London, England

London is easily the best city on the planet. It beats New York hands down, every single time. The History of Britain is so diverse and stretches much further back than that of the US, and much of the fascinating culture of this is located in London. London's Impressive architecture includes Buckingham Palace, St James' Palace, the Victoria Memorial, Wellington Arch, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Shard, London Bridge. (The list goes on) All you have to do is watch clips of the Olympics last year and acknowledge the fact that the 2012 games have been labelled the BEST ever. London is the only city to host the games three times. As well as this the world has been fascinated by the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the Royal Wedding. London is where the world lives and watches. Meanwhile in New York...?

I'm not going to put down other cities in my comment, only give the desirable aspects of London. Every street has a history worth telling. I went to a restaurant quite far off the centre of London, and this small restaurant had a whole past linked with royals and medieval practises and it was fascinating. And there's a similar story for most places, too. In London, you feel as if the whole world revolves around you: something is always going on that attracts huge amounts of attention. Walking through London is like walking through a film, with every building a spectacle in its own right -Buckingham Palace is stunning, the government building is perhaps too beautiful for the people within it (! ) and now the more modern buildings are rising. None of them are plain, rectangular skyscrapers, they are creative and clever, like every other part of London. London is clean, it's safe (in most areas) and there's something for everyone. Whether it's art, fashion, food, shopping, sports, ...more

Born in London-so pretty biased -but in all seriousness London has everything you could possible want of a mega city and some -apart from a history spanning over 2000 years it is a city of firsts-some intentional-hosting the modern Olympics 3 times-some not-first city to be arial bombed- by Zeppelins during the first world war-and first modern city whose population surpassed 1,000,000 -an impressive list of the worlds top museums-all free by the way-great food-great theatre-great music-great art-great parks-great architecture -great fashion-great sporting events-great clubs and nightlife-and on and on-Dr Samuel Johnson once said "A man who is tired of London is tired of life"-if you want to live in one of the creative hubs of the world which is tolerant- diverse and has a magnetic energy-this is the place for you it makes most other cities-some near neighbours -look like backwaters-famous and infamous have all lived or past through-Motzart-Van gough-Karl Marx-a very good ...more

Crystal palace

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2 New York City, U.S.A New York City, U.S.A The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.

Reasons why it's better than London...
Cheaper
Bigger
24/7 subway running more lines
More variety in shopping
Way more Diverse
More iconic
Higher wealth status
More Billionaires
Financial capital of the world in the financial capital of the world country
Bigger and more advanced technology
Has the top restaurant in the world
London may have good universities but NYC universities are ranked higher
Hard to believe but NYC has a higher life expectancy probably due to its lower amount of pollution because the USA is more spread out, the third oldest person in the world lives in NYC
Inventor of Hip Hop/Rap and Disco
Awesome Beaches
More sunny days than London yet colder

NYC may not have the history London has or the culture but NYC being around for only 150 years has grown into one of the best cities in the world and competes with a city (London) that's 1000 years old.

I don't care about history I love the cheap upscale shopping ...more

I've lived in NYC for most of my life and it has been the greatest, and the best pleasure of my life. All of my joy, happiness and sadness have been experienced there. Now I'm away for education, but I miss the city everyday. It is truly the city that never sleeps. You will never be bored; there is always somewhere to go at any time of day and night. It's a melting pot of cultures and races, and it's absolutely amazing. Home to so many museums, parks, piers, businesses, entertainment fields, etc. NYC, I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK! ^_^

New York is a good place to see all the history and go camping and take a vacation off. The museum of natural history is the best site I've seen in this city. I could have voted for both New York and London. I think London and New York are both the same. I've visited them both, and I can tell they both are very nice cities. I'm originally from Canada and it's a good excuse to visit good cities like London and New York. It's a good thin I keep my passport so I can travel anywhere I want. Oh, and happy holidays to everyone around the world!

New york has high building and more animals pet can live in and selling

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3 Paris, France

We have visited this absolutely terrific city 5 times.
Such wonderful, cultural, historical (covering all the last 25 centuries), capital of fashion, of haute couture, of gastronomy, of arts.

Just be careful, only in some crowded touristic places, with some people coming from Eastern Europe (pickpockets, Three-card Monte), Italy (rip off, swindle, fraud) North Africa (drug, counterfeit products).
Always ask French tourist information, what the best.

But anyway it is a dream like USA.

Everything is here! History, Food, Fashion, People, Geography, Monuments... Etc

I love Paris! Best city!

Great without tourists - GreenDayFan21

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4 Tokyo, Japan

I've never lived in any of these top cities, but I have visited all.

Unlike in New York or London, or even in my home city of Christchurch New Zealand; I felt completely safe walking around the streets at night in Tokyo. In fact Tokyo has been ranked the safest city in the world with incredibly low crime rates.

Everybody is so friendly, even though Tokyo was the place where I was most obviously a foreigner (and barely spoke the language).

The transport system is impeccable (rush hour is much the same) with the trains running nearly exactly to schedule all the time.

Historically it beats London (New York doesn't even hold a candle to either) with a much richer historical background in the surrounding areas and longer history, although Kyoto is again better for this.

During my month stay in Tokyo, I only once saw rubbish in public, and it was in a little used stairway at the back of a small station. Tokyo is far cleaner than either New York or ...more

Urban, Bright light experience

Greatest city before, today and future - ronluna

It's so scenic you'd swear it's out of an anime.

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5 Los Angeles, U.S.A.

It has the best weather in the world, those other places have miserable weather. It is a very beautiful city, center of the world film industry and music industry. Whenever I go somewhere else, it's always wonderful to come home to such a beautiful place. My vote goes to Los Angeles, the greatest city in the world. It is full of history and culture and the people are second to none. And the girls on the beach are the most beautiful. Go sit in the rain and snow, I will bask in the sun in Los Angeles.

I can't say it's one of those places full of history, culture and friendly people, but one thing it is, is diverse. It shows the richest and poorest of America, the prettiest and the ugliest. It's an ugly city, but in a beautiful way.

LA is not an ugly city at all whoever said that below is totally wrong! LA has to be one of the most unique cities in the world. It is so different from so many places and extremely trendy and high class. It's infested with famous people and Beverly Hills is probably the best neighborhood I've every seen. Highly recommend LA

HOLLYWOOD, Every movie you know and love comes from here!

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6 Sydney, Australia

It's beautiful, has friendly people, clean and has many attractions- what's not to love? - liizy

From a convict campsite to a truly cosmopolitan global city. A multicultural melting pot, harmonious and vibrant, fast paced and edgy. Sydney is dynamic and creative, down to earth and welcoming. A stunning summer city, the gateway to Australia.

I have been to many cities around the world and none are as close to nature as Sydney. Beaches, mountains, fascinating birds and animals are all within minutes of the cosmopolitan city centre.

I love this place but I haven't been there should be number 1

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7 Dubai, U.A.E. Dubai, U.A.E.

Dubai. Home of the world's tallest free-standing building, the Burj Khalifa, and one of the most expensive cities. Not only has the world's tallest building, but the city has a another world wonder, the world's largest shopping mall, The Dubai Mall. This mall has a indoor amusement park like it was six flags, and has a extremely large and cool aquarium, capable of habiting WHALE SHARKS. The city is probably the best city (my opinion). The city has air-conditioned bus stops, one of the world's busiest airports, and home to one of the largest economy growth.

Hey hey what why Dubai is in 10 position they are greatest city on the earth

I am proud of my country, Dubai I haven't seen city like this it is amazing

AWESOME!
NO WORDS TO SAY
Its totally magnificient

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8 Rome, Italy

Walking in the narrow streets of the eternal city is always amazing you can breath a unique atmosphere a mix of traditions between past and present but no future! Time is locked in next 100 200 years others capital will change and so many times their skylines but Rome will be always the same that's the beautiful

Rome has a lot of issues, but all cities really do, but what Rome has over the others is that Rome is unique. The history, the culture and the cuisine are iconic. Many of the other cities on this list will rise and fall. Their architecture is a dime-a-dozen. But there's only one Rome and Rome is eternal.

Old, chaotic, full of trashes, only ruins to visit

Architecture is amazing every building is a work of art.

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9 Chicago, U.S.A.

Chicago is easily the most affordable city to live in on this top ten list. Amazing architecture and food--and it has the perfect mixture of greenspace among the built environment. Chicago is simultaneously a slow and fast city---and few cities have more museums covering the sciences, humanities, and culture. The city is rich for its museums and art institutes.

The city also has amazing neighborhoods and is relatively easy to travel around. Chicago is the worlds best kept urban secret.

I'm very glad to see Chicago in the top ten, where it should be.
Chicago has something for everyone!
Want to go shopping? Magnificent Mile
Want to see artwork? Art Institute of Chicago
Want to go to the beach? 28 miles of lakefront beaches
You want it, Chicago's got it. - Ajkloth

Chicago is awesome! The crime may be bad but if you get ut alive its worth it visiting the city

Beautiful city, proud to call it my hometown. The crime is bad, but not the worst

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10 Berlin, Germany

This city is the city in the world with the most historical events of all time.
It has a wonderful skyline and their people are very nice and serious but they are really wise and know everything about their history.
The Olympic Stadium with 75.000 seats is also worth to be visited.
Paris and London are nothing, when you want to experience great things!

Berlin is by far the best city in the world to live in. This city is very very rich, if not the richest one. There are so many attractions to see. I was often there. I must say it is the cleanest, most beautiful and best, greatest place and city to live in. Berlin must be on place 1 or two. And by the way London is never as good as Berlin or New York! Berlin TOWN OF GODS!

NYC 1 laugh out loud. But in all reality, if you want a good job in a not boring city, Berlin is the place. Source:i live here - ErichHimmel

Berlin is super wealthy in culture and other aspects.It should be there in top 5.

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The Contenders

11 Mumbai, India

The financial capital of India and a future international economic hub. Mumbai is taking India forward economically and with all the big MNCs setting up base rather than Bangalore and New Delhi (both used to be nice places, but now they've declined because the people do not have the same business mentality and compassion as Bombayites. There's no bias whatsoever, I've lived in Bangalore for 6 years and currently stay in Delhi. I would like to move to Mumbai and live there).
With the new international terminal set to be one of the world's best, improved road connectivity, and existing extensive local railway network, upcoming mass transit system and monorail, two outer ring roads and five new sea-links (apart from the existing one that has raised the benchmark of Indian infrastructure), mumbai's infrastructure is set to become world-class.

With the makeover of the Mumbai Zoo according to world standards, the plantation campaigns of mangroves, the planting of trees along every ...more

Mumbai is by far one of the most influential cities in the world, both culturally and financially. Apart from being home to Bollywood and a rapidly changing skyline, it's increasing popularity as an economic hub and a tourist attraction has led to plenty of foreign investment. Quite easily the best city in India, it is also the safest Indian city and with improving infrastructure, will soon make join the likes of London, Tokyo and New York as one of the finest cities in the world

Mumbai's the best city in the world no doubt in it...
The most rapidly rising city in the world...
Home to a Lakhs of people of different castes, religions, countries, etc...
The financial capital of INDIA and has the worlds most rapidly rising and making a global mark on the various markets...
Finally... I love mumbai... - Vinaydudhane

Best city

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12 Toronto, Canada Toronto, Canada Toronto is the capital of the Canadian province of Ontario. It is located within the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario on the northern shore of Lake Ontario.

Toronto, for such a young city, is definitely a city with culture. There are people from all over the world, there are a bunch of different scenes and yet it still feels in some ways like a nice small town despite it being HUGE. Not New York huge but very big in it's own right. There is something to do everyday, tons of job opportunities, and all kinds of different neighborhoods. If you're the kind of person who wants it all, Toronto is your city, trust me. It's very much a city for everyone, no matter who you are, you will find your people.

I may be a little biased because I do live in Toronto, but I've been to both Toronto and New York City. I think that both cities are quite similar, New York City has Times Square and Toronto has Dundas Square. I think that Toronto is a better city because New York City is an island and has a limit of space so it will not develop much more. Meanwhile Toronto is a huge City that still is developing and has plenty of space. Comparing the events, things nearby and prices of both cities, Toronto is much more affordable compared to New York City. So overall I think that Toronto is a much better city

Amazing city. And so overlooked. May not be quite as great as New York in terms of grit and character but it makes up for it with its welcoming and liveable practicality. I've been to Chicago, Buenos Aires, Shanghai, Rome and more amazing world class metropolises but for me Toronto is second only to NYC and deserves more buzz than it gets.

The centre of the known universe.

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13 Bangalore, India

It is one of the most beautiful city in the world if we see the climate, design & market of the city. It is known as garden city & also it is famous for it's IT market. The climate of the city is neither hot nor cool. - samirkapoor32

Bangalore is the silicon Valley of India. Because it's IIT, educational programs and all such are famous. Even it's culture, architecture, food, heritage and richness are world famous. The temperature is suitable to anyone. Bangalore can beat Sydney in a few year's if government works hard. But still bangalore is globally a famous country which deserves a top 10 rank.

Bangalore... Now a BETA city is surely gonna race other cities in the world because of its greatness in the IT sector and because of its infrastructure... The density of Bangalore is growing like hell.. And very soon it is going to overtake any other cities

Best

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14 Seattle, U.S.A. Seattle, U.S.A. Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington.

Though the height of its skyline may keep it out of the top tier, the buildings comprising it are architecturally diverse and distinguishable, Space Needle, Smith Tower, Columbia Center, etc. The cityscape is nestled between the hills and the Puget Sound, with Mount Rainier as a backdrop. It has become the Pacific Northwest's largest tech hub, rivaling Silicon Valley for the best on the West Coast. It's the city where Amazon and Starbucks began, with Microsoft just across the water. The city is full of artistic and musical expression, there are museums and performance halls all over the city. Seattle is also home to the University of Washington, go Dawgs! Pike Place market is nearly as iconic as the Space Needle, and the addition of the Great Wheel spices up the pier. Despite years of mediocrity, sports in Seattle appear to finally be on the rise as well. Overall, Seattle seems to have the right balance of city life, nature, and art.

I don't get why Chicago is top 10, but Seattle isn't. If you want to get shot or stabbed, go to Chicago.

An amazing city which definitely should be number 5 on this list

The city looks smoggy?!

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15 Miami, U.S.A.

This city has the most style and swagger of all the other cities. This city has an amazing tropical climate, the best beach to have ever existed, the skyline is absolutely beautiful, the condos both new and old are amazing, and the best part is the fact that some of most beautiful women in the world live and vacation here.

Miami is a beautiful city which should definitely be higher on this list as it has amazing buildings and the worlds 2nd best beach just behind Venice beach in LA

Miami is awesome really surprised 16 its crazy Miami has tall buildings tallest is 789 feet beautiful beaches amazing houses and best city

Miami is Miami. It has a very nice energy. Cool city. Nice people.

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16 Shanghai, China

Dude, I am living Dubai. But I am from shanghai. I swear whole shanghai is city but Dubai is just about 1/5 is city rest of them is desert. They just have biggest shopping mall and Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. They don't have any culture, everything they can do is just put money. Not like Shanghai you can go thru the city from traditional to modern. I think you have never been in Shanghai before. They have about 15 lines subway, about two thousands buses. Compare to Shanghai, Dubai is horrible!

Best city in the world! Should be no1! New York's nothing compared to Shanghai! This place is known as city of the future because all the buildings look so futuristic. Shanghai's the most underrated city in the world! It's better than New York, London and Tokyo!

Dubai beats all of them including this because of all the tallest building in the world - Burj Khalifa and the LARGEST SHOPPING MALL - sryanbruen

Most futuristic looking city in the world! Lights cover the place and the buildings look like they're from the year 2100! How come it's rated so low?! If you ever go to shanghai, you won't wanna come home! It's advanced, luxurious and just plain awesome! Love China and Love Shanghai!

Greatest city on Earth

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17 Singapore

Best city in the world! The airport is a hub for air travel. It's a City State with lots of trade and a port. It's iconic skyscrapers like the hotel near the Ferris wheel, and how many different cultures there are in a small area.

Great Tiny country and nice skyscrapers no trash on the river as made to boat transport

Always the best city in Asia to live in. 0% crime rate, 100% safest city!

Singapore has lots of fun tourist attractions.Love it there, there is high quality in the hotels I visit

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18 Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Best forever

Home of the president it will always win

Washington Dc is great. It isn't too crowded like New York or La and has amazing monuments and luxury there

19 Las Vegas, U.S.A. Las Vegas, U.S.A. Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.

I think this City is most beautiful and should be number 1

I would do anything to LIVE here. - sryanbruen

You must be 21 or older to enjoy Las Vegas - SpectralOwl

20 Istanbul, Turkey

Napoleon once said, "If the earth was only one state, then Istanbul would be its capital." Formerly known as Constantinople, it was the fall of this great city to the Ottoman empire that had fostered the the Europeans' interest in discovering America. Arguably it is for that reason alone that this city should be recognized as the greatest city to have ever existed in history. If there was never a motive to discover America, then the most powerful nation of the modern world, the United States of America, would cease to exist. For that matter, Istanbul should be ranked higher than NYC. It is the only city in the world that spans two continents and its strategically economical position lies between a strait and an artificially, yet well-crafted isthmus-bridge.

I love istanbul just because of kadikoy

Istanbul shoul be a lot higher. I lived in Istanbul and I want to go back. Everything is amazing. The people, the food, the buildings and a lot of other things. I can't believe it's on 30. - godeniz

HOW IS THIS 20TH SCREW THIS BIASED RUBBISH! TOP 5?!?! - Republican

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