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Lagos Beats Dubai, Miami Ranked 19th Best City To Visit | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Jan 26, 2024

Lagos has been ranked as the 19th best city to visit in the world, according to Time Out, a British media and hospitality company that publishes guides and magazines.

Time Out saidthe conclusion was drawn from a survey of more than 20,000 city dwellers around the world, along with its own network of editors.

Criteria used to rate the cities include food (quality and affordability), culture, nightlife, how the city makes people feel, strong community vibes, access to green space, historic sites, and much more.

In the report published on Tuesday, Time Out said it worked with Potentia Insight, a research company, to strengthen the survey’s quality.

South Africa’s Cape Town, Nigeria’s Lagos, and Ghana’s Accra were the only African cities that featured on the list.

While Cape Town ranked second, Lagos was 19th, and Accra had the 44th position.

“Whether you’re a staunch mainlander or from Lekki, there’s something for everyone in Lagos, Africa’s most populous city,” the report reads

Time Out encouraged global citizens to visit Lagos because: “Both the city and its suburbs are expanding – just check out live-work-play concept Eko Atlantic City. Just out of town, Epe, on the north side of Lekki Lagoon, is experiencing a boom”.

“When it comes to standard of living, Lagos has a lot going for it – 96 percent of locals are happy, 98 percent would call Lagos beautiful and the city got a 92 percent friendliness rating, too,” the report added.

The ranking also praised Victoria Island’s trifecta of swanky resorts, food haunts, and nightlife, recommended Lekki for brunchers, commended Ikeja’s Kuti’s Bistro owned by the legendary afrobeat family, for serving up “reliably delicious food”, and cited Oniru Beach as a relaxation spot.

Last Year, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister publication of The Economist of London, said Lagos was the fourth worst city to live in the world.

Lagos was ranked above Algiers, the capital of Algeria; Tripoli, Libya’s capital; and Damascus, the capital of war-torn Syria.

The report surveyed 173 cities and used 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

Lagos was the second worst liveable city in 2022 after holding the position for two consecutive years and was only behind Damascus which has been held down on the list by social unrest, terrorism and conflict.

EIU said Lagos moved up the ranks after seeing improvements in healthcare and education, but added that corruption is still a problem

Here is a Full List of the countries.

New York City, United States

Cape Town, South Africa

Berlin, Germany

London, United Kingdom

Madrid, Spain

Mexico City, Mexico

Liverpool, UK.

Tokyo, Japan

Rome, Italy

Porto, Portugal

Paris, France

Mumbai, India

Lisbon, Portugal

Chicago, US

Manchester, UK

São Paulo, Brazil

Los Angeles, US

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lagos, Nigeria

Melbourne, Australia

Naples, Italy


Miami, US

Bangkok, Thailand

Lima, Peru

Budapest, Hungary

Beijing, China

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Montreal, Canada

Glasgow, UK

Sydney, Australia

Bueno Aires, Argentina

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Manila, Philippines

Seoul, South Korea

Hanoi, Vietnam

San Francisco, US

Barcelona, Spain

Abu Dhabi, UAE

New Orleans, US

Philadelphia, US

Austin, US

Boston, US

Accra, Ghana

Marseille, France

Taipei, Taiwan

Istanbul, Turkey

Osaka, Japan

Hong Kong, China

Vancouver, Canada

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