Istanbul, one of the best cities in the world to live in

Istanbul, one of the best cities in the world to live in

In the ranking, which also includes Barcelona, Madrid and Mexico City, Istanbul appears in 36th place, behind Buenos Aires.

Istanbul is one of the best cities in the world to live in, according to a recent ranking prepared by the British leisure and entertainment publication Time Out, which drew up a list of the 37 best cities in the world based on the opinions of its own inhabitants, where the Turkish metropolis appears in 36th position.

In the list compiled by Time Out, the North American city of San Francisco appears at the top, followed by Amsterdam and Manchester, while Copenhagen, New York, Montreal, Prague, Tel Aviv, Porto and Tokyo complete the Top 10 of the ranking. Barcelona appears in 14th place, while Madrid is 18th followed by Mexico City. Ahead of Istanbul there is another Latin American city, Buenos Aires, in 35th place.

To prepare its index of Best Cities in the World 2021, Time Out gathers the opinions of a survey of 27,000 inhabitants of these cities, who are asked about various categories such as food, culture, community projects, green spaces, sustainability, etc. The ranking is completed with the opinions of the Time Out team of editors, as well as experts from around the world. This year has also taken into account how cities dealt with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Istanbul has suffered a severe blow from the pandemic, but the city has not been defeated,” says Time Out when talking about the Bosphorus metropolis, highlighting that the city has managed to keep its spirit alive thanks to community projects such as Sen Güvende Kal (Stay Safe), with which dishes cooked by city chefs have been brought to the homes of the elderly, or with proposals such as that of the mayor of the city, Ekrem İmamoğlu, for the wealthiest citizens to help families financially hit by the crisis.

More than 70% of Istanbul citizens highlight its cultural and artistic life

According to the publication, 71% of the inhabitants of Istanbul consulted praise its cultural and artistic activities. “Istanbul has always offered some of the best culture this side of Europe – with 71 percent of locals rating the arts scene highly in our survey – so it was fitting enough that theatre was one of the first things to come back to life as lockdown lifted” explains Time Out.

Finally, when talking about the reasons for including Istanbul in the list of the best cities in the world to live in, the British publication praises public spaces such as the Küçükçiftlik Park, where the organisation of events and public performances in the open air has helped the Turkish city dwellers to deal with the toughest restrictions imposed by the pandemic, such as social distance.