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Europe’s best cities for 2023 have been named

The annual list by Resonance Consultancy ranks the continent’s greatest cities to live, visit and invest

Grace Beard
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Grace Beard

What makes a city great? We at Time Out have our own ideas: our annual ranking of the world’s best cities looks at everything from community spirit and affordability to nightlife, culture, green space, and safety.

But of course there are other rankings out there, and one of them was just released today. Resonance Consultancy, the firm behind, has ranked Europe’s 100 best cities for 2023. Multiple factors were considered when compiling the list, including walkability, attractions, diversity, experiences, employment levels, and even Instagram hashtags.

Top of the list this year is (drumroll please)… London! The UK’s capital – named by Resonance Consultancy as the ‘capital of capitals’ – is celebrated in the report for its newly extended underground network and big-name restaurant openings, and for attracting tech giants like TikTok and Instagram.

Next up is Paris, which got the nod for its new cycling network and ambitions to become a walkable city, as well as its impressive rail infrastructure. Amsterdam came third, noted for its housing projects, including an in-the-works neighbourhood made entirely out of wood.

And when it comes to entire countries… well, Switzerland sweeps the board, with three of its cities in the top ten.

Here’s the top ten countdown of Europe’s best cities, according to Resonance.

Europe’s best cities in 2023

  1. London, UK
  2. Paris, France
  3. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  4. Barcelona, Spain
  5. Zurich, Switzerland
  6. Madrid, Spain
  7. Berlin, Germany
  8. Rome, Italy
  9. Basel, Switzerland
  10. Geneva, Switzerland

And check out the full list of Resonance’s 100 best European cities in 2023.

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