Cape Town Soars to #2 in Time Out's 50 Best Cities of 2024!
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Cape Town earns second place in Time Out’s 2024 rankings, affirming its global allure and cultural richness.


Global (26 January 2024) – Time Out has confirmed what local Capetonians have known all along… South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ is one of the best places on the planet to live and visit.

Yes, Cape Town has secured the enviable position of second place in Time Out’s esteemed list of the 50 best cities around the globe for 2024.

Time Out, the quintessential urban culture curator that has been igniting the wanderlust of city dwellers since its inception in London in 1968, bestowed this prestigious accolade upon the ‘Mother City’ after tapping into the pulse of thousands of urbanites worldwide.

Grace Beard, Travel Editor for Time Out, emphasises, “The basis of the ranking remains our global survey of the people who know their city best: the locals.”

And who could be better judges of a city’s charm than those who call it home? Cape Town’s triumph speaks volumes about the allure of its scenic beauty, its melting pot of multicultural communities, and its pulsating creative scene. It’s a city where the mountains meet the sea, where diverse cultures converge, and where culinary adventures await at every corner.

“The quality and affordability of food, culture, and nightlife in their city” are key criteria that underpin Time Out’s assessment, but it’s the intangible essence of a place that truly sets it apart.

Cape Town’s residents, known for their warmth and resilience, undoubtedly played a pivotal role in securing its well-deserved spot among the world’s elite cities.

While New York City claimed the top spot, Cape Town’s ascent to second place surpasses renowned European capitals like Berlin, London, and Madrid. Its recognition as a must-visit destination highlights the city’s status as a global icon, a place that effortlessly blends modernity with tradition, offering experiences that linger in the hearts of travellers long after they depart.

For Cape Town, ranking second on Time Out’s list is more than just an honour; it’s a celebration of the spirit that infuses its streets, the warmth of its people, and the kaleidoscope of experiences that await those who venture to its shores.

Sources: Time Out’s 50 Best Cities of 2024! 
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