Beirut 14th Top City in the World Ahead of San Francisco, Sydney and Chicago

November 10, 2014

Well, we’ve done it again!
According to Conde Naste Traveler’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Award, Beirut, Lebanon is the 14th BEST CITY to visit in the world!

Voters selected Beirut ahead of Siena, Italy, Vienna, Austria, Kyoto, Japan and Sydney, Australia!

Editor David Jefferys outright claims that Beirut is, ” simply a city that won’t die”.  “This immortality is buttressed by a thriving dining and shopping scene…and its fabulous hotels.”

We all know there’s a lot more to Beirut, but we’re happy that Conde Naste readers love the city as much as we do.

Other top cities were, in order:

1. Florence, Italy

2. Charleston, South Carolina

3. Budapest, Hungary

4. Cape Town, South Africa

5. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

6. Prague, Czech Republic

7. Rome, Italy

8. Siem Reap, Cambodia

9. Barcelona, Spain

10. Santa Fe, New Mexico

11. Krakow, Poland

12. Luang Prabang, Laos

13. Bangkok, Thailand

14. Beirut, Lebanon (yay)!

15. Vienna, Austria

16. Siena, Italy

17. New Orleans, Louisiana

18. Quebec City, Canada

19. Sydney, Australia

20. San Francisco, California

21. Chiang Mai, Thailand

22. Salzburg, Austria

23. Chicago, Illinois

24. Bruges, Belgium

25. Kyoto, Japan

Here’s what the description says:

Though the Middle East's current political climate is volatile (and, admittedly, has been for much of the last three millennia), Beirut remains a popular port of call for seasoned and in-the-know travelers. As editor David Jefferys says, “it’s simply a city that won’t die.” This immortality is buttressed by a thriving dining and shopping scene—try Tawlet, the ‘farmers’ kitchen’ of Souk el Tayeb (every day, a different regional Lebanese chef is showcased) and Artisan du Liban et d’Orient for traditional local garments and crafts. Adding to Beirut’s appeal as a top world city is the presence of numerous fabulous hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Beirut, Le Gray, and Hotel Albergo come to mind. 

To read more about Conde Naste Traveler’s latest Readers poll, click here!