Lagos has surpassed Dubai and Miami, securing the 19th position in the “Time Out” list of the best cities in 2024.

Lagos State, Nigeria, has been recognized as the 19th best city to visit in the world, as per a ranking by Time Out, a renowned publisher of guides and magazines. Alongside Lagos, Cape Town in South Africa (ranked second) and Accra in Ghana (ranked 44th) were the only African cities featured on the list.

This ranking was derived from a survey conducted among over 20,000 city residents worldwide, in addition to insights from Time Out’s network of editors. The assessment criteria encompassed various aspects such as the quality and affordability of food, cultural offerings, nightlife, overall ambiance, community spirit, access to green spaces, historical sites, among others.

The report encourages global travelers to explore the vibrant and diverse offerings of Lagos, endorsing it as a must-visit destination.

“Whether you’re a staunch mainlander or from Lekki, there’s something for everyone in Lagos, Africa’s most populous city

“Both the city and its suburbs are expanding – just check out live-work-play concept Eko Atlantic City. Just out of town, Epe, on the north side of Lekki Lagoon, is experiencing a boom.

“When it comes to standard of living, Lagos has a lot going for it, 96 percent of locals are happy, 98 percent would call Lagos beautiful and the city got a 92 percent friendliness rating, too,” the report read.

The report also highlighted  Victoria Island’s trifecta of swanky resorts, food haunts, and nightlife,  Ikeja’s Kuti’s Bistro, owned by the legendary afrobeat family, for serving up “reliably delicious food”, and  Oniru Beach as a relaxation spot.

In 2023, the Economist Intelligence Unit declared Lagos as the fourth worst city to reside in globally. Lagos ranked higher than Algiers, the capital of Algeria; Tripoli, the capital of Libya; and Damascus, the capital of the war-torn Syria.

The assessment surveyed 173 cities and considered 30 qualitative and quantitative factors categorized into five broad areas: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

See the full list below.

New York City, United States

Cape Town, South Africa

Berlin, Germany

London, United Kingdom

Madrid, Spain

Mexico City, Mexico

Liverpool, UK.

Tokyo, Japan

Rome, Italy

Porto, Portugal

Paris, France

Mumbai, India

Lisbon, Portugal

Chicago, US

Manchester, UK

São Paulo, Brazil

Los Angeles, US

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lagos, Nigeria

Melbourne, Australia

Naples, Italy


Miami, US

Bangkok, Thailand

Lima, Peru

Budapest, Hungary

Beijing, China

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Montreal, Canada

Glasgow, UK

Sydney, Australia

Bueno Aires, Argentina

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Manila, Philippines

Seoul, South Korea

Hanoi, Vietnam

San Francisco, US

Barcelona, Spain

Abu Dhabi, UAE

New Orleans, US

Philadelphia, US

Austin, US

Boston, US

Accra, Ghana

Marseille, France

Taipei, Taiwan

Istanbul, Turkey

Osaka, Japan

Hong Kong, China

Vancouver, Canada

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