Which is Africa’s best city?

Luxury traveller magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, has released the results of its annual readers’ choice awards – revealing Cape Town as the best African city.

The annual list, which is now in its 26th year, compiles information on the best cities, hotels and global destination. This year, the magazine claims to have compiled the most comprehensive list, based on 1.3 million votes on 16,000 destination.

World’s best cities

According to the magazine, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico took the top spot as the best city in the world, followed by Budapest, Hungary, and Florence, Italy, which tied for second place.

Four of the top 25 cities listed can be found in Italy – aside from Florence (2nd), Rome (8th), Siena (9th) and Venice (24th) were also included.

Cape Town was voted 11th overall, tied with Bruges, in Belgium.

City scores are an average based on six categories, rated out of 100. These categories are:

  • Culture
  • Friendliness
  • Atmosphere
  • Restaurants
  • Lodging
  • Shopping

Top 25 Cities in the world

# City Country Score
1 San Miguel de Allende Mexico 84.6
2 Budapest Hungary 83.8
2 Florence Italy 83.8
4 Salzburg Austria 83.3
5 Charleston USA 83.2
5 San Sebastián Spain 83.2
7 Vienna Austria 83.1
8 Rome Italy 83.0
9 Siena Italy 82.9
10 Québec City Canada 82.7
11 Cape Town South Africa 82.3
11 Bruges Belgium 82.3
13 Vancouver Canada 82.2
14 Kyoto Japan 81.6
15 Prague Czech Republic 81.3
15 Krakow Poland 81.3
17 Victoria Canada 81.2
17 Sydney Australia 81.2
17 Santa Fe New Mexico 81.2
20 Seville Spain 81.0
20 Beirut Lebanon 81.0
22 Paris France 80.8
22 Melbourne Australia 80.8
24 Venice Italy 80.5
24 Barcelona Spain 80.5

Looking at Africa, Cape Town was the only African city to make it into the top 25 – making it the best city on the continent, according to Condé Nast.

Cape Town’s category scores are:

  • Culture – 85.2
  • Friendliness – 82.9
  • Atmosphere – 86.8
  • Restaurants – 83.4
  • Lodging – 86.9
  • Shopping – 67.9

Marrakech, Morocco was voted the second best city in Africa, tied with another Moroccon city, Fez.

Top 5 cities in Africa

# City Country Score
1 Cape Town South Africa 82.3
2 Marrakech Morocco 68.6
2 Fez Morocco 68.6
3 Essaouira Morocco 67.2
4 Luxor Egypt 65.7

In the “Top 100 Hotels and Resorts in the World” category, La Residence in South Africa took the top spot – tied with Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, New Zealand.

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