THE WORLD'S BEST CITIES

Condé Nast Traveler readers cast more than 100,000 votes for their favorite cities in the world (outside the U.S.) in the 2016 Readers' Choice Awards survey. Is your favorite on the list? Part 2 of 4.

Author: Katherine LaGrave

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Paris, France


Paris needs no introduction. Proper nouns will suffice: The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Sacre-Coeur, Musée Rodin, Centre Pompidou, Saint-Germain, the Seine (at dusk). The city is firmly established as one of the most beautiful in the world. Dine like the French near the Bastille at Chez Paul or stroll among the statues at the elegant Luxembourg Gardens. To stay, treat yourself to a room at the exquisite Hôtel Plaza Athénée.

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Sydney, Australia


Australia’s biggest city is an ideal getaway no matter the season. Dine al fresco, swim like a Sydneysider in rock pools, and head to Bondi, Manly, and Redleaf beaches in the summer (remember, that’s during our winter); in winter, explore the city’s vibrant arts and culture calendar through Vivid Sydney. Whatever the season, get spectacular views of the city from Sydney Tower’s glass viewing platform.

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London, England


Though its double-decker buses, iconic red phone booths, and pub culture remain, London has seen many a change in recent years. After checking out the classics, explore burgeoning London by booking a table at chef Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store in the up-and-coming Kings Cross; catching a show at Almeida, a performance venue housed in a former train station in Islington; and seeing how many of the city's best cocktail bars you can tick off your list.

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Melbourne, Australia


At once sophisticated, stylish, and seemingly free-spirited, Melbourne has all of the traits you'd want in a friend—and an incredible arts scene. Visit Gertrude Contemporary for eye-popping installations by emerging Australian artists; take an Urban Scrawl street tour; and drive 20 minutes to the world-renowned Heide Museum of Modern Art. In this city, too, each morning should start with a flat white.

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Rome, Italy


Experience la dolce vita in all of its forms in Rome. After requisite visits to the Pantheon and Colosseum, perk up with an espresso at Caffe Sant’Eustachio or try your luck at Settimio al Pellegrino: When you ring their doorbell, you’ll be greeted and treated to whatever the owner’s wife has prepared for the day.

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Singapore


Once one of the most important commercial centers of the British Empire, Singapore today is a bustling metropolis with a growing contemporary-art scene, new hotels, and a feast of flavors. Head over to Tiong Bahru or Haji Lane to shop like a local, have a drink at the historic Raffles Hotel, or take a 10-minute boat ride from Changi Village to Pulau Ubin and explore the small island by bike. Come evening, dig into the city’s food-hawker culture at Maxwell Food Centre.

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Tel Aviv, Israel


With influences from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is one of the world's most vibrant, diverse cities. Hummusiyas and falafel aside, what continues to draw travelers? Notably nightlife and beaches, museums (Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art), and the world’s largest concentration of buildings in the International Style—more than 4,000 of them comprise Tel Aviv’s White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Quebec City, Canada


Hilltop Quebec City is a town for all seasons. Explore Quebec City’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town, brush up on your military history at the citadel atop Cap Diamant, and head to the Quartier Petit-Champlain for pedestrian-only streets and artisan boutiques. Reserve a room at the historic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, and dine in the hotel at the property’s 1608 Wine and Cheese Bar, which specializes in Quebec cheeses.

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Nuremberg, Germany


Germany has no shortage of picturesque cities, but Nuremberg stands out for its distinct blend of old and new. Once the “unofficial” capital of the Holy Roman Empire and an early capital of science and invention, Nuremberg today is best known for its Christkindlesmarkt, museums, and...bratwurst.

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Venice, Italy


There's nothing like Venice: Its canals, labyrinth of car-free cobblestone streets, and hidden passageways are perfect for wandering—even getting lost here is magical. Head to Al Muro for authentic Venetian cuisine, or for a more adventurous itinerary, get out of the well-trod historic center and take a boat to nearby islands Sant’Erasmo or Giudecca. Want to avoid the crowds? Try La Serenissima in January.

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