all-around favorite city is the one i'm nearest to: san francisco.
depending on what i'm looking for, i have loved: paris, rome, guadalajara, kyoto,
barcelona, morelia (mexico). i also have enjoyed in the u.s.: santa fe, chicago,
boston, seattle, new orleans.
there are also many wonderful cities/neighborhoods that are within other cities or
part of a larger metro area: silver lake in los angeles, coyoacan in mexico city. i like
aoyama street in tokyo, and the beautiful cobblestoned streets in morelia.
most underrated "world-class" city: mexico city.
cities i want to visit: new delhi, dublin, sydney, sevilla/granada/cordoba.
Madrid is wonderful
Bangkok is sureal
London is Awesome
And Toronto is home sweet home
I don't think you really need to know a city well for it to be your favourite. In the process of getting to know a city well there are bound to be a few bad experiences, aren't there.
I have to say my fave. city in the world is Montreal. I don't know it very well, but every time I have visited I have a had a wonderful time, the Film Festival there is just the best, and the food is amazing.
Incidentally my least fave. city is also Canadian.. Toronto. It's just a bland city which could be anywhere in America.
I really like Bangkok and Chicago. Others that i considered were Boston, Oslo, and Fukuoka.
From all cities i've seen so far in Europe and USA, my favourite city would be Montreal, I always tend to realise when I'm away that Canada holds treasures we only notice when we're so far from it. Cosmopolitan city of Canada..festivals one after another, we really have fun here, there's no fear walking at 3 in the morning.. it's definetely my city.
My favorite city so far is Venice -- such an incredible mix of cultures, and the water forces people to move more slowly. After Venice, the other two cities that still call to me at Salzburg and New Orleans.
What a question to answer:
Montreal- for the people
Praha- history, history...
Vancouver- so. damn. beautiful.
Melbourne- for not being Sydney
And oh so many others, for other moods.
i need to add st. petersburg as one of my fav. cities ........
anyone who hasnt been here should def. COME
...all those beautiful cathedrals and museums are refurnished for the 300th anniversary of st. pg.. ballet shows and opears are fab.
its my 2nd week here now and im falling in love with it .. (but its really hard to get around if you dont speak any russian )..
I haven't been to too many cities but when I was in Germany I absolutely loved Stuttgart and the Ludwigsburg schlosse(I love medieval history). I'm also a horse person and Germany is pretty rich in breeding pedigrees worthy of all disciplines. History records in Stuttgart are also kind to the horse's contribution in war. Because I live near it I also love Toronto, albeit it's not as clean as european cities, it is a city magnificently rich in all cultures and has something like 200 acres of park area. Those are my choices.
OOh now that is a hard one - mine would have to be Cape Town with Sydney a close second - I loved the gardens in Sydney, and the way they lead to the bridge and opera house etc...but you can't beat Cape Town for it's absolutely stunning natural scenery - I never got sick of the long windy hillside roads or Table mountain - spectacular..oh and the wines dirt cheap too lol.