Vancouver named one of the Best Cities in the World (again)


Are we still awesome, Vancouver? Yep. According to people who love to travel, that is.

Vancouver has once again landed on the the readers’ choice lists of Best Cities in the World in both the U.S. and UK versions of Condé Nast’s travel publications.

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The awards, voted on by the public, were revealed last month, and Vancouver is still a global favourite among the jet set.

For CN Traveler (out of the U.S.), Vancouver landed in the 10th spot on their list of the Best Big Cities to visit for 2018; editors there say that city travel is so popular (they had 429,000 votes submitted), they split the list of cities around the globe into two, sorting out the small and the big. Last year, Vancouver placed 8th on the same ranking.

While we dropped in favour with CNT, they still used the same blurb to describe our fair city as in 2017, and it’s feeling even more out of date (sorry CNT) than it did a year ago:

“Seaport Vancouver has a competitive and creative arts scene, rugged natural beauty, and no shortage of things to do. As one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities, it’s also one of the country’s best food cities: After you’ve taken a cable car up Grouse Mountain, return to the city for Indian fare at Vij’s, a French bistro experience at Farmer’s Apprentice, or tagine at Moroccan-inspired Medina.”


Meanwhile, Condé Nast Traveller, the U.K. version of the publication, also featured Vancouver on their 2018 list of the Best Cities in the World. They have all urban hot spots on one list, and Vancouver lands 18 out of 20.

The bottom line is (and it’s no secret) but tourist like us. They really, really like us.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom