I thought this list would write itself and to be honest, it didn’t. I could have added 10 more cities to it, all places I’ve loved and had an amazing time in. I’ll also point out that these aren’t ranked (apart from number one) because that would add an extra layer of headache to this post.
Also, I didn’t add Melbourne because I live here but please, take it as a given.
1. London – BEST. CITY. IN. THE. WORLD. I love everything about London and even after three visits there’s always more to see and do. I love visiting my old favourites (National Gallery, Greenwich) or checking out new things, and the shopping is outstanding. I adore the history of the city and the fact you walk past these incredible buildings that were constructed hundreds of years before they ever even came to look for our country. Honestly, there’s nothing I don’t love about it.
2. New York – One of the easiest cities in the world to explore because everything is laid out so perfectly on the grid pattern and it’s infinitely walkable. If you want it, New York has it – great shops, fantastic museums, amazing food. A city full of possibilities.
3. Kyoto – Just edges out Tokyo as my favourite city in Japan thanks to it’s beautiful architecture and incredible temples. Kyoto is lovely and calm compares to the capital’s energetic chaos and it’s also home to one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life – the bamboo forest in Arashiyama.
4. Lisbon – How can you not love a city filled with bakeries that stay open until the wee hours on a Sunday night serving the best custard tarts of your life? Sweet treats aside, Lisbon is a brilliant city. It’s gorgeous to look at, there’s plenty to see and do, and the old cobblestone streets and pastel buildings give it a charming appearance. Plus the people are beyond friendly.
5. Barcelona – Probably the most fun city in the world. There’s always something happening and the atmosphere of the city is just complete joy. You can’t go here and not have a great time. The tapas, museums and the brilliant La Sagrada Familia are enough to rock your world.
6. Canberra – I adore Canberra and reckon it’s one of our most underrated cities. Admittedly I called it home for eight years so I have something of an emotional attachment to it, however it has some of the country’s best museums, there’s fantastic shopping and it’s a city that loves its sport. Can’t go wrong.
7. Honolulu – Hawaii is one of my favourite places I’ve ever visited and Honolulu is a big part of that. Sure, it’s touristy and the areas away from Waikiki are decidedly questionable, but that patch of beach is magnificent. If you want somewhere to go that manages to be both fun and relaxing, this is it.
8. Bangkok – Lots of people seem to visit Thailand and never go to Bangkok. I’m not sure why because it’s this great big, interesting city full of crazed activity. The food is incredible, the public transport is amazing and the Thai people are some of the friendliest citizens in the world. Oh and the shopping is pretty amazing too.
9. Paris – The first time I went to Paris I thought it was underwhelming. Where was the magical city I was expecting? Last year I went again and I absolutely loved it. I planned out a day and visited all the museums and sights I could handle, and let’s be honest Paris does both pretty well. Paris has a unique charm that’s not replicated in any other city.
10. Sydney – The most beautiful city in the world. Expensive and the traffic is hideous but those views are priceless. I just love the feeling when I’m in Sydney – it feels like I’m back with my (NSW) people. While I don’t have any plans to leave Melbourne just yet, I know I’ll probably regret never living in Sydney as an adult.
11. Edinburgh – If you’re in the UK and keen to escape from London then I highly recommend Edinburgh. A gorgeous fairytale city with a castle looming over the town, it’s the perfect place to spend hours wandering though. The people are brilliant as well.
12. Madrid – Barcelona’s counterpoint – Madrid is cool and refined and elegant. One of the most aesthetically pleasing cities in the world, it has all the same things that make other Spanish cities great like amazing food and wonderful people. Also if you love art, this is one of the best cities in the world to visit.
13. Venice – Venice is like a city out of a dream. It is, without a doubt, the most fantastical place I’ve ever been and until you see it with your own eyes (and even then) it’s hard to believe. It’s amazing and mysterious and frustrating and wonderful, all at once. It also has incredible landmarks, awesome markets and good Italian food.
14. Athens – Easy to find your way around, packed with history, great people and some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Don’t let it’s dusty, run down exterior scare you off because Athens is a cracker.
15. Adelaide – Every time I’ve been to Adelaide I’ve had a brilliant time and my last visit was no exception. I think it’s another underrated gem, a beautiful city perfect for a weekend getaway.