Three African cities – Cape Town in South Africa, Lagos in Nigeria, and Accra in Ghana – have been recognized among the best cities to visit globally, according to Time Out, a British media and hospitality company renowned for its guides and magazines.
The result was drawn from a survey of more than 20,000 city dwellers around the world, along with its network of editors.
The evaluation criteria include food quality and affordability, cultural richness, vibrant nightlife, the overall emotional impact of the city, community spirit, access to green spaces, historical sites, and more.
New York City claims the top spot on the list, with Vancouver securing the 50th position. According to Time Out, it worked with Potentia Insight, a research company, to strengthen the survey’s quality.
Cape Town, South Africa (2)
With Table Mountain – laced with well-marked walking trails – at the heart of a peninsula fringed by glorious beaches, it’s not hard to be smitten by Cape Town’s natural beauty.
In the District Six Museum and on Robben Island you’ll get to grip the country’s turbulent history, while the colourful homes of Bo-Kaap are an invitation to discover the city’s vibrant Cape Malay community.
100 per cent of locals say the city is beautiful and that it made them happy, while Cape Town’s culture scene ranked highest in the world for its quality.
Lagos, Nigeria (19)
Time Out says, that whether you’re a staunch mainlander or from Lekki, there’s something for everyone in Lagos, Africa’s most populous city. Posh Victoria Island continues to deliver a trifecta of swanky resorts, food haunts, and nightlife. Maple Lagos in Lekki, Kuti’s Bistro in Ikeja, ‘Obi’s House’ and Hard Rock Cafe Lagos are just a few of the places where you can experience unfiltered enjoyment.
When it comes to the standard of living, Lagos has a lot going for it – 96 per cent of locals are happy, 98 per cent would call Lagos beautiful and the city got a 92 per cent friendliness rating, the magazine says.
Accra, Ghana (44)
With over 4 million people, Accra is nothing if not lively. New bars, restaurants and galleries continue to spring up and find their place in the rhythm of bustling markets, honking motorists and raving nightlife.
Accra is positively humming with exciting new ventures across music, nightlife and the arts. Creative dining space Palm Moments, Accra’s Imullar Sound System, and Thursday Lates are vents you don’t want to miss.
Accra scored a stunning 100 per cent happiness score, with the same percentage of locals saying the seaside city is beautiful to see.