Global consultancy firm Resonance Consultancy ranked the top 100 cities among more than 270 cities with a population of more than one million, taking into account many factors including livability, likeability and prosperity.
It also emphasised poverty rate, number of quality restaurants, shops and nightclubs, walkability, number of mapped cycling routes, quality parks and museums, and recommendations on social media sites such as Tripadvisor, Google, Facebook and Instagram.
The ranking of the world's best cities by global consultancy firm Resonance Consultancy is as follows:
10. According to the report, Seoul has positioned itself as a global centre of popular culture, with trends such as K-pop taking the world by storm. It also highlighted the South Korean capital's rapid transformation from a war-torn city to a high-tech hub with a low poverty rate, 500 global companies and a growing start-up ecosystem.
9. Netherlands Amsterdam ranks ninth with a good score for liveability. After addressing local residents' complaints, such as the relocation of the famous red light district from the centre to a suburban location and the banning of non-residents from cannabis cafés, the city managed to make the list of the world's best cities. The Dutch capital scores particularly highly in terms of cycling routes, museums, shopping, nightlife and active labour force.
8. The report states that Barcelona is one of the world's rarest cities, ranking in the top ten for both liveability and likeability. This is likely due to its iconic parks, stunning architecture and year-round good weather.
7. USA San Francisco also deserves seventh place, recognised in the report as the best place in the world for start-up innovation, thanks to its job opportunities, high salaries and educated workforce. The city's organisation scores highly, with protected bike lanes and new car-free streets.
6. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, continues its rapid rise as a luxurious and vibrant city, scoring highly in the report for its hotels, landmarks and attractions.
5. It's the food and shopping that whet many travellers' appetites in Singapore, according to a report by global consulting firm Resonance Consultancy. The city is noted for having one of Asia's most modern, well-organised and charming urban centres with an astonishing retail offering.
4. Tokyo, which has long held the top spot as one of the most liveable metropolises on the planet, leads the ranking of the world's best shopping thanks to its boutique stores and luxury department stores, according to the report.
3. Resonance Consultancy, which prepared the list, describes New York as follows: "This city is back. For those who prefer to spend time outdoors, classics like the High Line and Central Park combine with the city's newest green space, Little Island.''
2. The soon to be reopened Notre Dame and Paris Plages city beach and the 250 million Euro renovation of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport seem to have paid off.
1. London wears the crown as the best metropolis in the world, according to a report published by global consultancy Resonance Consultancy. The study selects London as the most livable with its culture and high level of education. The report points out that despite coronavirus quarantines, economic devastation and Brexit, the city has managed to be more striking than ever.
In the top ten, four cities from Asia, four from Europe and two from the United States were included in the list, and Istanbul and Turkey were able to take place in the 19th place.