The 50 best cities in the world in 2024 have been ranked and two Canadian cities made the list.

Timeout quizzed thousands of city-dwellers to rank the best cities globally and the results are in!

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Timeout says they factored in buzzing neighbourhoods, affordable food and drink, a mighty selection of things to do, the happiness of its locals, access to green space and strong community vibes when asking city-goers their opinions.

“Thanks to the opinions and insights of locals on the ground and our global network of city experts, we’re able to create a global ranking of the world’s best cities.”

The highest-ranked Canadian city among the 50 best cities? Montreal.

Montreal landed in the 29th spot with Timeout writing, “Combine one of the biggest cultural hubs in the world with old school European architecture and cutting-edge design and you’ve got Montreal.”

The list also states Montreal is notable for its cocktail scene, free family activities and festivals (including Montreal en Lumiere, one of the largest outdoor winter events in Canada).


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The other Canadian city that earned a spot may be at the bottom of the list but it still packs a punch! Vancouver was ranked 50th as the article mentions the city is as much a summertime destination as it is a wintertime one.

Timeout says, “Locals flock to beaches and events such as the Celebration of Light fireworks extravaganza, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and Khatsahlano, a street party in one of the city’s most photogenic neighbourhoods.”

The list mentions that year-round, Vancouver is – outside of Japan – the unofficial sushi capital of the world, and boasts a contemporary foodie scene with nine one-Michelin-starred restaurants.

If you’re wondering who topped the list, New York City, Cape Town, Berlin, London and Madrid ranked as the top five in that order.

So, do you think your city should have made the list?