Manchester Third Best City In The World

Wednesday 22 September 2021

‘Time Out’ quizzed 27,000 city-dwellers to rank the best cities in the world right now.

The Index asked people not just about food and culture, as Time Out always do, but also community projects, green space and sustainability. They were after the cities that were not only thinking about the now, but also the future. The ones making life better both for us and for our grandkids.

This list was put together based on answers across every category in the poll, along with insights from Time Out editors and experts worldwide. Here’s the results:

Time Out's top 10 coolest cities

1. San Francisco, California, USA
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
3. Manchester, UK
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
5. New York, USA
6. Montreal, Canada
7. Prague, Czech Republic
8. Tel Aviv, Israel
9. Porto, Portugal
10. Tokyo, Japan

What an achievement for Manchester to be ranked 3rd in the whole world! It’s not surprising however with all that it has to offer.

Time Out goes on to say:

Manchester sure is a resilient place. All things considered, we’ve thrived over the past year – with communities here really banding together through the toughest of times. Mancunians are a very proud people, and so it’s no wonder 71 percent described the city as ‘creative’ in this year’s Index.

This is the home of Factory Records, the Fall and the Smiths, after all, and in 2021 the likes of Manchester International Festival (MIF) and Grayson’s Art Club have continued to show this city really punches when it comes to big, splashy cultural events.

On a more local level, small firms like Result CIC offered free mental health support to frontline workers, while the Eagle and Child pub gave away 4,500 meals to vulnerable locals.

If only all cities had the vision that has brought new venue The Factory to life. It’s about to open as a permanent home for MIF, bringing world-class art and performance to Manchester all year round.

Manchester is leading the way in general great vibes. This city has a rep for knowing how to have a good time, and it came as no surprise to us that it was voted top for ‘nightlife’, ‘creativity’, ‘community spirit’, ‘friendliness’ and ‘getting to know your neighbours’.

— Rob Martin, Time Out Manchester

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