Lonely Planet reveals 10 best cities for 2019

Danish Copenhagen ranks the highest, closely followed by Shēnzhèn in China and Novi Sad in Serbia

If you wonder where to head for a nice city break next year, wonder no more. A popular travel publisher Lonely Planet has just selected 10 best cities for 2019.

For this year’s shortlist, the magazine has come up with a mixture of the evergreen touristy destinations and the lesser known marvels.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark’s capital of cool is unstoppable — Christian Möller / Unsplash Lonely Planet reveals 10 best cities for 2019
Denmark’s capital of cool is unstoppable — Christian Möller / Unsplash

With the lifestyle called the hygge that consists of enjoying the little moments, the Danish have been an inspiration for people around the world. And that’s exactly one of the reasons why Lonely Planet has chosen the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, the absolute winner this time.

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Apart from its iconic approach to living, Denmark has established itself as a hipstery paradise with the omnipresence of dining options, art and culture.

“Denmark’s capital of cool is unstoppable. New-Nordic Noma has gourmands swooning with its new digs, urban farm and groundbreaking Scandinavian menus. The city’s booming street-food scene is smashing it on Refshaleøen, where a former shipyard is now rebooted food and craft market Reffen,” the publisher commented on choosing Copenhagen the very best choice.

For the more active, the city now features a hiking area and a new artificial ski slope on top of a waste management centre.

Shēnzhèn, China

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Geographically, the second place in this year’s ranking cannot be much further from Copenhagen. But over just a few years Shēnzhèn too has become the definition of cool. 

Located next to the Pearl River, the “Silicon Valley of China” has rapidly grown into one of the country’s most beloved — and mega — metropolises. Since 1980s millions have moved here and many large corporations have chosen the city as their bases.

“Previously known as a cheaper nightlife alternative to Hong Kong, Shēnzhèn now has a strumming indie-music scene, cool cafes, a small contingent of craft brewers and a whole new arts district risen from the remains of former warehouses,” Lonely Planet says.

However, it is shopping that attracts tourists to Shēnzhèn the most, mainly with Luohu Commercial City— a massive mall with endless designer options.

Novi Sad, Serbia

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Being the annual host of the Exit Festival and awarded by the title of 2019 European Youth Capital, Novi Sad in Serbia managed to catch the international attention. The city located north from Belgrade is the third in Lonely Planet’s ranking of 10 best cities for 2019.

“Elegant yet easy-going, Novi Sad basks in the limelight, defying its second-city status and boldly living up to its moniker,” the publisher says.  

The city has invested in the renovation of its landmark and boasts with young energy. For the real feeling of alternative culture, head to the Chinatown.

Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities

  1. Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. Shēnzhèn, China
  3. Novi Sad, Serbia
  4. Miami, Florida
  5. Kathmandu, Nepal
  6. Mexico City, Mexico
  7. Dakar, Senegal
  8. Seattle, Washington
  9. Zadar, Croatia
  10. Meknes, Morocco

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