Cape Town has once again been included in a list of the world’s Top 10 Cities according to the latest Travel + Leisure survey.
Brand South Africa reporter
The international travel magazine hosts the annual survey via a reader questionnaire.
Readers vote on several categories, including the world’s best hotels, airports, spas and islands.
Ranked at number nine, Cape Town has featured in the top 10 for several consecutive years.
The magazine described the city as “cutting-edge, artsy, and buzzing with energy”, and applauded the variety of activities in Cape Town.
“There are few places in the world where you can exercise your shopping skills (head to Woodstock’s Neighbourgoods Market on Saturday mornings for Afrikaans jerky and silk-and-leather sandals), take off on a safari, or indulge in world-famous cuisine all in one weekend,” the magazine explained.
“Atlantic-facing Clifton Beaches are the South Beach of South Africa, known for enormous natural boulders tumbling into the sea, pristine sunbathing conditions, and the capoeira dancers that entertain crowds with fire and African drums on Monday nights.”
A tale of numerous cities
Top of the list, however, is Japan’s Kyoto for the second year running, with Charleston in the US and Siem Reap in Cambodia, in second and third place respectively this year.
These were followed by Florence and Rome in Italy, Bangkok in Thailand, Krakow in Poland and Barcelona in Spain.
Jerusalem in Israel was listed at number 10.
Readers rate the top cities based on sights, culture, arts, food, friendliness and shopping.
Accommodation also take the honours
The Cape Grace, a Cape Town hotel, also made it on to the list of the World’s Best 100 Hotels, ranked at number 34.
Also on the list was Singita Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga at number 59.
Hotels were rated in terms of facilities, location and service.
Based on the survey, the top hotel in the world is The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India.
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