Here at Rough Guides HQ we’ve been debating the world’s best cities from San Francisco to Berlin, and a few of our editors have put their cases forward for the world’s best city below:
Buenos Aires – Neil McQuillian, Travel Editor
In some very vivid ways – the grand architecture, the ‘sophistication’ of culture – it feels European or North American. But then it reminds you that it’s utterly Latin American at heart, largely through the temperament of the people and the products you come across when you’re there (amazing steak from the pampas, empanadas, indigenous textiles etc). And not far away are quite magnificent sights – estancias, Iguazu Falls, glaciers, whales. Also there’s a really distinct feeling of neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires (San Telmo with its antiques, Palermo with its hipsters etc) which is something I personally love; and the football culture is awesome.
Berlin – Helen Abramson, Travel Editor
Because nowhere does Sunday brunch with more enthusiasm and dedication; you can’t walk far without falling into yet another cool bar decked out with mis-matching old furniture; it’s cheap compared with many other big western-European cities; politics and art spill out all over the streets; Berliners take their music seriously; the density of bakeries is extremely impressive; and the men are mostly attractive and have good beards (don’t put that last one in).
San Francisco – Rachel Mills, Travel Editor
My all-time favourite city is San Francisco. Of course the city by the bay has big hitters like the Golden Gate Bridge, Museum of Modern Art and Alcatraz, but it suits a more laidback exploration than some travellers give it time for. Getting about on foot means you that you stumble across cozy coffee shops, open air street markets, secret viewpoints, brewpubs… each neighbourhood is distinct and you’re bound to find one you love. It’s a special moment when the fog rolls away to reveal brightly painted Victorian houses and cable cars trundling up and down steep streets.
New Orleans – Ed Wright, Cartographer
N’awlins, y’all, wears its curious, infectiously boisterous heart on its Sazerac-stained sleeve. A spicy blend of good times, great food and mercurial music smothers NOLA like its famous crawfish étouffée over rice. That its long, turbulent history mightn’t be the very root of this proud city’s joie de vivre, who’s to say? Who dat, indeed?
Put your case forward to win
So now it’s your turn: to be in with a chance of winning £1000 of Sykes Cottages vouchers all you need to do is sign up or log in to the Rough Guides Community and click “Add Reply” to this thread on the Community and make your case for the title of world’s best city.
Competition closes 23:59 BST on June 30 2014. For full terms and conditions read here.
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