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Lagos ranks 19th best city globally


A renowned British media and hospitality company, Time Out, has named Lagos the 19th best city to visit globally. 

The ranking was derived from a comprehensive survey involving over 20,000 city residents worldwide, combined with insights from Time Out’s editorial network. 

The assessment took into account various factors such as the quality and affordability of food, cultural richness, vibrant nightlife, the city’s overall atmosphere, community vibes, accessibility to green spaces, historic sites, and more.

This prestigious list positioned South Africa’s Cape Town at the second spot, further highlighting the diverse representation of African cities. Ghana’s Accra secured the 44th position, affirming the continent’s prominence in the global travel landscape.

Time Out’s report specifically lauded Lagos for its appeal to a broad audience, citing its position as Africa’s most populous city. 

It emphasized the city’s ongoing expansion, spotlighting the live-work-play concept of Eko Atlantic City and the burgeoning developments in Epe, situated on the north side of Lekki Lagoon.

The report commended Lagos for its quality of life, with 96% of locals expressing contentment, 98% describing the city as beautiful, and a noteworthy 92% friendliness rating. It encouraged global travelers to explore Lagos, underscoring its multifaceted attractions.

The report highlighted specific areas and attractions within Lagos, such as Victoria Island’s upscale resorts, culinary hotspots, and vibrant nightlife. 

Lekki was recommended for brunch enthusiasts, and Kuti’s Bistro in Ikeja, owned by the iconic afrobeat family, was acknowledged for consistently serving delicious food. Oniru Beach was spotlighted as a relaxing destination.

While this recognition from Time Out contrasts with a previous report ranking Lagos among the least livable cities, it underscores the city’s dynamic nature and its ability to cater to diverse preferences. 

The full list includes a range of global cities, with New York securing the top spot and Vancouver rounding off the list at 50th place.

Here is the complete list of cities:

  1. New York City, United States
  2. Cape Town, South Africa
  3. Berlin, Germany
  4. London, United Kingdom
  5. Madrid, Spain
  6. Mexico City, Mexico
  7. Liverpool, UK
  8. Tokyo, Japan
  9. Rome, Italy
  10. Porto, Portugal
  11. Paris, France
  12. Mumbai, India
  13. Lisbon, Portugal
  14. Chicago, US
  15. Manchester, UK
  16. São Paulo, Brazil
  17. Los Angeles, US
  18. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  19. Lagos, Nigeria
  20. Melbourne, Australia
  21. Naples, Italy
  22. Singapore
  23. Miami, US
  24. Bangkok, Thailand
  25. Lima, Peru
  26. Budapest, Hungary
  27. Beijing, China
  28. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  29. Montreal, Canada
  30. Glasgow, UK
  31. Sydney, Australia
  32. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  33. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  34. Manila, Philippines
  35. Seoul, South Korea
  36. Hanoi, Vietnam
  37. San Francisco, US
  38. Barcelona, Spain
  39. Abu Dhabi, UAE
  40. New Orleans, US
  41. Philadelphia, US
  42. Austin, US
  43. Boston, US
  44. Accra, Ghana
  45. Marseille, France
  46. Taipei, Taiwan
  47. Istanbul, Turkey
  48. Osaka, Japan
  49. Hong Kong, China
  50. Vancouver, Canada


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