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Sorry Paris and New York, Cape Town has cracked a coveted spot on the World’s Best Cities for Culture list, coming in third as a global hotspot of cultural riches!


Cape Town, South Africa (01 December 2023)—Cape Town is relishing in yet another accolade after cracking a spot on a renowned World’s Best List celebrating global hotspots of culture around the world.

Time Out, who annually quiz local experts on a variant of global hotspot topics —including the World’s Coolest Streets, another list Cape Town has made— took to a fresh voting session from savvy travellers to find the World’s Best Cities for Culture.

Identifying the world’s best cities for something as significant as culture (for the first time) is no small task, and with thousands of votes and an abundance of culturally rich cities to consider, the results represented a big accomplishment for the chosen cities.

Roughly 21,000 people cast their votes for the first-time ranking. It was compiled both from the perspective of worldwide travellers and locals, with each city scored based on both quality and affordability.

Not only did Cape Town make the list, but the Mother City near-dominated it after knocking other culturally beloved cities off the charts and coming in hot in third place.

According to Time Out, Cape Town beat out ‘cultural heavweights’ like Paris, New York and Amsterdam. South Africa’s prized city was also the only city in sub-Saharan Africa to make the list at all, and only one other African city (Marrakech) joined it at position 13.

Meanwhile in other World’s Best news for South Africa on the culinary front, 11 local restaurants made La Liste’s Top 1000 Restaurants list after winning and dining favour from the foodie world.

Sources: Time Out 
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