All cities are not created equal. Glamorous, invigorating and, above all, captivating, these are the towns you never say no to.
10. Barcelona, Spain
9. Cape Town, South Africa
Cold? Ain’t got time to feel cold.
Montreal is a frontrunner in at least one “World’s Most Livable Cities” list, was named “Canada’s Cultural Capital” by Monocle Magazine and has recently been granted UNESCO “City of Design” status.
Stuffy acknowledgements aside, what makes Canada’s original “sin city” such a draw not just for style mavens, 18-year-olds without fake ID and New Englanders seeking a quick, cheap Europe-ish fix, but for 7.5 million annual tourists of all stripes is the city’s certifiably festive attitude — the kind that assures visitors they’re going to have more fun, stay up later and cure hangovers with tastier 4 a.m. poutine and smoked meat sandwiches here than wherever they’ve come from.
Summer draws the biggest crowds to Montreal with its lineup of legendary festivals and street fairs, including its International Jazz Festival (June 28-July 7) and Just for Laughs (July 12-29), featuring one of the world’s largest congregations of comics.
The real test: even when it’s 800 below zero in February, people still really dig this city.
7. New York City, United States
6. Paris, France
5. Petra, Jordan
4. San Francisco, United State
3. Santiago, Chile
2. Shanghai, China
1. Tokyo, Japan