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The World's Most Cultural Cities

From towering skyscrapers to grand palaces, national museums to ancient temples, there’s a wealth of diversity across the globe. Use our tool to explore the world – filter by your tastes to see which cities have the most history, art, music, theatre, or food, and find out a little about their cultural backgrounds. What will you discover?

TheatresMuseumsHeritage sitesArt galleriesConcert hallsMichelin starred restaurants
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30 Worldwide Cities The World's Most Cultural Cities 2017

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PopulationCity population8,673,713
International overnight visitors*Number of international visitors3,715
International overnight visitor spendVisitor spend$19.76

*Holidays taken between 2013 & 2015.

Local interests

Art galleriesArt Galleries
World heritage sitesWork Heritage Sites
Concert hallsConcert Halls
Michelin starred restaurantsMichelin Starred Restaurants


We selected the top 30 cities in the world with the highest number of overnight international visits (as described by the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index). For each of these, we found the population, then, using TripAdvisor, we found the number of theatres, museums, art galleries, and concert halls.

Michelin star restaurants were found using the Michelin Guide, while the annual tourism spend was drawn from the Mastercard source on tourism.

Once we had complete data, we assigned each a score between 1 and 10. These scores were then included in a calculation that assigned different values to different metrics, based on how valuable we considered them to our final result.

We used this valuation and their score to form an overall score out of ten across all metrics. This was then used to rank the locations.

All research is effective as at 6 December 2016.