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December 4, 2019

Cape Town Voted Number 1

For the seventh year running Cape Town has been voted the best city in the world by readers of The Telegraph.

Cape Town Voted Number 1

Readers of The Telegraph took part in the 2019 Telegraph Travel Awards and voted Cape Town as the best city in the world.

This is the seventh year running that Cape Town has won this incredible title. There were more than 39 000 people who took part in the voting, known as a “coastal gem, lying in the shadow of a cloud-hugged mountain” it is no surprise that our beloved city came out on top.

Geography, weather, Cape Point, Bo-Kaap, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and Table Mountain were some of the city’s highlights that were featured.

Cape Town is known for its beautiful beaches, pictured here is Long Beach in Kommetjie.
Cape Town is known for its beautiful beaches, pictured here is Long Beach in Kommetjie.

The 2019 Telegraph Travel Awards list of 20 best 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

Cape Town managed to hold its top position despite the recent water crisis not having been forgotten, remarked Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, including Tourism, James Vos - “we retained this position as the best city in the world despite The Telegraph also noting our ‘earnest notes to flush only when absolutely necessary’. While perhaps a bit of a tongue-in-cheek comment on their part, it is a reminder of the major challenges the City and our tourism sector faced. It is also a reminder of how Capetonians acted together to save  water and avert the taps running dry. While we are still in recovery mode, it is encouraging that we have retained our top position despite other major shifts in the rankings. This is something we can be proud of.”

Table Mountain


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