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Edinburgh is officially the best city in the world in 2022

We just named the Scottish capital the world’s most beautiful, walkable and generally bloody excellent place to visit

Chiara Wilkinson
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Chiara Wilkinson

Ever wondered what the absolute best city in the world is? The results are in, folks. Edinburgh has been crowned the worthy winner in 2022, beating Chicago and Medellín to the top spot.

The Time Out Index is a yearly survey of thousands (yes, thousands) of locals about life in their city right now. We use it to come up with our annual ranking of the world’s best cities, factoring in everything from community spirit and public transport to food and drink and cleanliness. It’s a pretty comprehensive project, if we do say so ourselves.

The Scottish capital scored high across the board, and performed exceptionally high for walkability (93 percent) and being ‘easy to express who you are’ (88 percent) – better than basically everywhere else in the world. It also scored 95 percent for being beautiful – and with an ancient castle slap-bang in the city centre and loads of green space, it’s hard to argue with that. 

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon seemed pretty chuffed with the news: 

Edinburgh also scored 91 percent for ‘not being rude’ and 96 percent for ‘not being boring’. That’s in addition to a score of 89 percent for ‘not being stressful’, compared to London’s measly 52 percent. Looking to move out of the big smoke? The Burgh could make a pretty nice alternative. 

Okay, we all know the weather can be a bit temperamental in Scotland. But with Edinburgh’s buzzing nightlife community, an ever-evolving food and drink offering, a decent selection of galleries and museums, and an alright festival every August, we’ll let it slide. Fancy a city break, anyone? 

Want to know where else made the list? Check out our full ranking of the 53 best cities in the world right now.

Plus: if you’re planning a visit, here’s our pick of the best things to do in Edinburgh.

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