Time Out Magazine honors Cape Town among World’s Best Cities 2024

The renowned global magazine ‘Time Out’ mentions the legislative capital of South Africa Cape Town, among World’s Best Cities 2024

Table Mountain in Cape Town mentioned by global magazine Time Out
Table Mountain in Cape Town mentioned by global magazine Time Out

The renowned global magazine ‘Time Out’ mentions the legislative capital of South Africa among the World’s Best Cities 2024. The magazine placed Cape Town second and was recognized as the best destination place for travellers in the latest edition of January 23, 2024.

Reportedly, Time Out has just released the latest report on the World’s 50 Best Cities that is based on the Time Out Index. The prestige publication conducted an extensive survey of over 20,000 city dwellers around the world.


Notably, the Time Out Index criteria primarily included culture, food (based on quality and affordability), nightlife, and how comfortable the city makes people feel.

Time Out conducted the survey with its network of editors. The list reflects the cities that are considered great places to visit and live.

Talking about the World’s Best Cities, the Time Out Magazine wrote, “What makes a city great? Some would say it’s all about buzzing neighbourhoods, affordable food and drink and a mighty selection of things to do from art galleries and museums to live music and theatre.”

A Tourist Spot in Cape Town, image featured in Time Out Magazine
A Tourist Spot in Cape Town, the image featured in Time Out Magazine

The global magazine added, “Others might highlight things like the happiness of its locals, access to green space and strong community vibes.”

Editor Grace Beard writes, “We factor in all that and more in our annual survey, which asks city-dwellers around the world to tell us what it’s like to live, work and play in their hometowns right now.”

The editor added, “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 and the 2024 results are in.”


Editor Beard mentioned that in previous years, the ranking remained based on the global survey of the people who knew their city best, i.e., ‘the locals’.

“Working with the research company Potentia Insight, we surveyed thousands of city-dwellers about the quality and affordability of food, culture and nightlife in their city,” writes editor Grace Beard.

Bo-Kaap Malay quarters in Cape Town
Bo-Kaap Malay quarters in Cape Town

While conducting the survey doubts such as; How the city makes people feel: are happy there? Is it a Beautiful Place? Is it easy to make social connections there? were all cleared by asking the locals, residents and the tourists.

The numerous responses were the reason that gave the analysers a unique insight and reality of living in the world’s greatest cities.

As per the sources, Time Out gave a special shout-out to Cape Town’s cultural offerings, from its late-night museum evenings over the summer months to its theatre and comedy offerings at Theatre on the Bay, as well as the newly opened Time Out Market Cape Town.

Cape Town was analysed by a contributor from South Africa – Richard Holmes. Writing about the South African capital, he mentioned what makes the city great.

Holmes wrote, “What makes us great: 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.”

“But spend a few days here and the Mother City’s multicultural soul quickly shines through,” write Holmes.

He mentioned the District Six Museum, Robben Island and various other visiting places such as Bo-Kaap and wrote, “In the District Six Museum and on Robben Island you’ll get to grips with the country’s turbulent history remembering that South Africa marks 30 years of democracy in 2024, while the colourful homes of Bo-Kaap are an invitation to discover the city’s vibrant Cape Malay community.”

Penthouse at beach of Cape Town
Penthouse at the beach of Cape Town

Explaining Cape Town, a contributor of South Africa added, “More and more visitors are using tourist dollars to support independent businesses in townships, while Cape Town’s creative landscape is alive with new energy.”

He said that the city Cape Town is the most LGBTQ+ friendly city, “Studios, galleries and public events abound – come for the Investec Cape Town Art Fair each February, while Cape Town is also famously the most LGBTQ+ friendly city on the continent.”

Richard Holmes brought up the reasons to visit the Cape Town and writes, “Visit now because the new Time Out Market Cape Town is buzzing! You’ll find a dozen of the city’s most creative chefs under a single roof, all set within an historic building on the charming harbourside V&A Waterfront.”

Moreover, the city scored the highest points in the analysis, “Cape Town scored highly across the board. A whopping 100 percent of locals said the city is beautiful and that it made them happy, while Cape Town’s culture scene ranked highest in the world for its quality.”

Colourful Beach houses in Cape Town
Colourful Beach houses in Cape Town

A link address is also added in the last to discover the best things to do in Cape Town.

In the survey, more than 100 well-travelled Time Out staff writers and editors, based all over the world were asked, which cities are particularly exciting places to visit right now.

Also, the international travel forecast has bounced back to the highest levels since 2019, many travellers will be planning a city break in 2024.

Other amazing cities that were mentioned by the Time Out global magazine in the World’s Best Cities 2024 are:

  1. New York City, US
  2. Cape Town, South Africa
  3. Berlin, Germany
  4. London, UK
  5. Madrid, Spain
  6. Mexico City, Mexico
  7. Liverpool, UK
  8. Tokyo, Japan
  9. Rome, Italy
  10. Porto, Portugal
  11. Paris, France
  12. Mumbai, India
  13. Lisbon, Portugal
  14. Chicago, Illinois
  15. Manchester, England
  16. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  17. Los Angeles, California
  18. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  19. Lagos, Nigeria
  20. Melbourne, Australia
  21. Naples, Italy
  22. Singapore
  23. Miami, Florida
  24. Bangkok, Thailand
  25. Lima, Peru
  26. Budapest, Hungary
  27. Beijing, China
  28. Dubai, UAE
  29. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  30. Glasgow, Scotland
  31. Sydney, Australia
  32. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  33. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  34. Manila, Philippines
  35. Seoul, South Korea
  36. Hanoi, Vietnam
  37. San Francisco, California
  38. Barcelona, Spain
  39. Abu Dhabi, UAE
  40. New Orleans, Louisiana
  41. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  42. Austin, Texas
  43. Boston, Massachusetts
  44. Accra, Ghana
  45. Marseille, France
  46. Taipei, Taiwan
  47. Istanbul, Turkey
  48. Osaka, Japan
  49. Hong Kong, China
  50. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada