Monocle’s 5 loveable cities in 2013

colombo skyline

Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka

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These cities may not be deemed as remarkable as the others, on a global scale, have been; yes, each of these cities faces problems, either of political instabilities or tumultuous, acute social problems, of little salubriousness or dim prospects, but things often turn out not to be one-sided. From one viewpoint they are perceived as not meritorious, but on the other hand, concurrently thanks to their setbacks, they possess rare qualities that the rest of the world may not have. They may not be considered ‘livable’ for bulk of the populace, but instead of being termed the former, they engrave a new title they probably should, in their glory, adhere to: lovable. Lovable for their uniqueness, their one-of-a-kind-ness, that tourists and globe-trotters alike may hardly find the replicate somewhere in this planet.

Monocle has just released its new list of ‘5 loveable cities in 2013’, and here are the winners:


1. Palermo (Italy)

Problems they face: run-riot mafia, endemic corruption, urban mismanagement

Good things: plentiful markets, friendly locals, picturesque beaches, tranquil urban parks

2. Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Problems they face: current recovery from civil war, poverty

Good things: economic boom, improvement in public transport, bustling tourism

3. Tel Aviv (Israel)

Problems they face: Middle East-related political violence, social insecurity

Good things: plentiful cafes, hip-hip-hurrah creativity in arts and culture, vibrant nightlife, booming start-up industry

4. Chiang Mai (Thailand)

Problems they face: barely any (only slow-paced life)

Good things: strong cultural identity, plentiful Buddhist temples, thriving arts industry, robust entrepreneurial culture

5. San Jose (Costa Rica)

Problems they face: refer to Chiang Mai

Good things: quality education, serene lifestyle, solid entrepreneurial spirit, tranquil urban parks, appreciation of historical values


Watch the video at Monocle for further description.