(CNN) – Not every city’s skyline includes an extinct volcano, an impressive hilltop castle and centuries-old buildings, but Edinburgh’s stunning horizon is just one reason the Scottish capital is the best city of Time Out for 2022.
Each year, the media company asks about 20,000 city-dwellers around the world, along with its network of global editors, to point out what makes their city great through a survey called Time Out Index. Time Out uses the resulting data to compile its global city rankings.
It’s not just the beauty of Edinburgh that topped it for 2022, the city is also known for its roaring art festival and growing food scene, and the locals surveyed praised the city’s ability to walk as well as its welcoming, inclusive feel.
While last year’s list praised the places that came together during the epidemic, this year Time Out has taken a closer look at restaurants, bars, nightlife and museums in every city, emphasizing everything we’ve been missing over the last few years. .
Time Out says the goal is to make the rankings “the ultimate travel bucket list for 2022”.
“These are all places that inspire people to travel and try new things,” Time Out’s Hugh Oliver tells CNN Travel.
Resilience and partying
No. At 2 is Hot Chicago’s Midwestern American hub on Edinburgh’s hills, as well as its epidemic-era resilience for its early hours of nightclub scene. Third on the list is Madeleine, Colombia, which is celebrated for its nightlife, boutique hotels and mouth-watering food.
And it’s a strong performance for Scotland as Glasgow is No. 4 on the list, Time Out is a champion in a variety of Glasgowan dining options and the city’s friendly atmosphere.
Stability initiatives, safety and public transport are also factors in the rankings. On the green front, Time Out name-checking Glasgowian club SWG3’s latest initiative is to generate power through the body heat of dancers, while Amsterdam, at No. 5 on the list, is known as the most bike-friendly city in the world.
Top 10 Best Cities in Time Out
1. Edinburgh, Scotland
2. Chicago, USA
3. Madeleine, Columbia
4. Glasgow, Scotland
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
6. Prague, Czech Republic
7. Marrakech, Morocco
8. Berlin, Germany
9. Montreal, Canada
10. Copenhagen, Denmark