Which are the top Asia Pacific cities to visit?

This Asia Pacific city scored highly for happiness, creativity, and live music. Source: Shutterstock.

A MAJOR Time Out survey, which gathered data from 34,000 people in 48 cities around the world, has revealed that New York is the world’s best city to visit right now.

Bangkok has been named the street food capital of the world while Manchester home of the heaviest drinkers and Parisians the most libidinous of the bunch.

New York was given top honors for its “unbeatable” combination of food, drink, culture, and entertainment. The Big Apple scored highly for its diversity and culture, with an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers (91 percent) agreeing that there is always something to see or do.

Rounding out the podium is Melbourne, which scored highly for happiness, creativity, and live music, followed by Chicago, home to the world’s happiest people in the world: an impressive 85 percent of Chicagoans said they felt happy in the last 24 hours.

Respondents were asked to rate their city on everything from food, drink, culture, and nightlife to relationships, community, local neighborhoods, and happiness. Editors crunched the numbers and also considered the opinions of local experts and editors to come up with the ranking.

Here are the top 10 cities, according to the Time Out survey:

  1. New York
  2. Melbourne
  3. Chicago
  4. London
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Montreal
  7. Berlin
  8. Glasgow
  9. Paris
  10. Tokyo

Other highlights include Bangkok being named the capital of street food, with residents eating at food markets and street stalls on average three times a week.

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And though Parisians described their city as the least friendly, they actually emerged the most sociable in the survey. This is because Parisians are more likely to go out to meet friends or visit an art gallery or museum on a weekend (41 percent) than other cities.

The healthiest and most ethical city by far, however, is Berlin in Germany, where residents are most likely to be vegan or actively reducing their meat intake (eight percent and 29 percent respectively), and the highest proportion of teetotaller (25 percent). To add on, the city also ranks the best for live music.

Meanwhile, the world’s biggest drinkers are said to be those living in Manchester, home to the highest percentage of drinkers in the world and by extension, the biggest sufferers of hangovers (25 days a year).

Movie freaks, on the other hand, are said to come from Mumbai, the headquarters of India’s Bollywood. Residents here see an average of 31 movies and 24 shows or plays a year.

If you love food, then there is no reason to not love Hong Kong. Thanks to the city’s dynamic dining scene, Hong Kongers eat out more often than anyone else in the world.