'We’ll put up with the occasional discomfort' - Cape Town voted world's best city for a record 7th year

Tourists love Cape Town, so much so that they consider inconveniences like not being able to take a bath or the odd spat of load shedding well-worth the visit. 

Some 39 000 readers of The Telegraph, Britain's national daily published in London, have voted the Mother City their favourite city in the world - for a record 7th consecutive year. 

"We can reveal that the greatest city in the world is a coastal gem, lying in the shadow of a cloud-hugged mountain. Here wine flows, penguins waddle and – not too far away – majestic beasts roam," the publication describes Cape Town saying it is much like dating a Mercurial model, "We’ll put up with the occasional discomfort for the sheer joy of waking up with a real, natural beauty." 

New entries included in the 2019 list of Best Cities were Kyoto, New Orleans and Havana, "all disrupting the rankings and entering the top 20". Perth also rose in popularity, as did Singapore and St Petersburg.  See the full list here.

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When describing why Cape Town is the Best City in World, the Telegraph noted some of the Mother City's marked attractions that make it an ideal holiday destination: 

Shopping and entertainment at the sprawling V&A Waterfront and Silo District.

catamarans docked at v&a waterfront

Boulder’s Beach and its famous African Penguins.


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From Worcester to Franschhoek, wine-tasting across the splendid Winelands.


Can't forget iconic Cape Point.

Or our award winning Kirstenbosch Gardens.

The standout heritage of the Bo-Kaap.

mural of a high five with a man standing in front

And our World Travel Award winner for Africa's top natural wonder, Table Mountain.

aerial view of cape town city

"The original Khoi inhabitants named the iconic flat-topped massif 'Hoerikwaggo', Mountain of the Sea, and it is precisely this unique geography- towering mountains that drop, at times perpendicularly, into the vast blue- that is so seductive,’ says the Telegraph.

Cape Town also came in second on The Telegraph readers' Bucket List of must-see destinations, beaten only by New York.  

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See the full Telegraph readers’ top 20 cities in the world:

1. Cape Town

2. Vancouver

3. Kyoto

4. Sydney

5. St Petersburg

6. Singapore

7. Venice

8. Luang Prabang

9. Seville

10. New Orleans

11. Havana

12. New York

13. Bagen

14. Florence

15. Istanbul

16. Rome

17. Dubrovnik

18. Tokyo

19. Krakow

20. Buenos Aires 

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