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Posted on: Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Cape Town on Forbes.com “World’s most beautiful Cities” list

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Forbes.com has just published their annual “World’s most beautiful Cities” list and this year Cape Town joins Paris, Vancouver, Sydney, Florence, Venice, London as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Forbes.com on Cape Town …
Open space makes Cape Town special, says Levitt. Renowned English sea navigator Sir Francis Drake once referred to Cape Town as the fairest cape in the world. The city houses the Kirstenbosch botanical garden, and the top of Table Mountain offers a breathtaking view of the city from roughly 3,500 feet above sea level. Levitt, an environmental engineer, praises the city’s minimal ecological footprint, a result of its “manageable size.”

World's most beautiful city - Cape Town

From Forbes.com:
“Since beauty is subjective, we surveyed city specialists from a range of fields, including urban planning, architecture and sustainable development. Respondents include Reynolds and Michael Kaufman, an architect at Chicago-based architectural firm Goettsch Partners, as well as Raymond Levitt, director of the construction program in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, Tony McGuirk, an urban designer, architect, and Chairman of BDP in London, J. Hugh O’Donnell of urban engineering firm MMM International, and Ken Drucker, New York design director of architectural firm HOK”.

Herewith the Worlds most beautiful Cities according to Forbes.com:
Paris, France
Vancouver, Canada
Sydney, Australia
Florence, Italy
Venice, Italy
Cape Town, South Africa (Known For Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch botanical garden, V&A Waterfront)
San Francisco, USA
Chicago, USA
New York City, USA
London, England
Cambridge, England
Tokyo, Japan

Cape Town, South Africa – Known For Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch botanical garden, V&A Waterfront … what are your favourite things about Cape Town? Please share your favourite things about Cape Town in the comment field below.

Forbes.com Beautiful Cities Links:
World’s Most Beautiful Cities in Pictures
Read the full story here – The original article on Forbes.com by Tim Kiladze

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So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t been to Cape Town yet, its time! Some useful Cape Town links to begin exploring and to see what you will experience here are Cape Town Attractions and Things To Do in Cape Town. If you need to book a place to stay find hotel in Cape Town here or look for accommodation in Cape Town.

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17 comments about Cape Town on Forbes.com “World’s most beautiful Cities” list
  1. February 4th, 2010 at 00:49
    Cindy Carter says:

    The beaches, the views, the PEOPLE, Cape Town harbour, and … did I mention the beaches?

  2. February 4th, 2010 at 01:29
    Charles says:

    The great outdoors, hiking up Table Mountain, the Constantia Winelands, V&A Waterfront, Green Point Stadium … so many things

  3. February 4th, 2010 at 09:24
    Sanvir says:

    Well deserved Cape Town! City of awesum :)

  4. February 4th, 2010 at 11:07
    Jane says:

    So many things – magnificent Table Mountain (of course), having forests, winelands and beaches just minutes away, sundowners and people watching in Camps Bay, eating fish and chips on the rocks in Kalk Bay. Perhaps my favourite is the way the ocean sparkles on a sunny day enticing you to get out and enjoy the beauty that is Cape Town.

  5. February 4th, 2010 at 14:22
    alexis says:

    One of the criteria are “sustainable development”. I dont know how we won – considering that we use 3x the amount of resources available to each citizen in CT.

    We might be beautiful today – but we’re not ensuring that we’re going to be beautiful in the near future.

  6. February 5th, 2010 at 12:21
    Helen says:

    The beaches, the mountains, the winelands and the beautiful National Parks that are easily accessible and most importantly affordable for people to go out and enjoy. Lets not forget about the friendly people and the general great vibe of a great city!

  7. February 5th, 2010 at 12:24
    Tania says:

    Cape Town really is a one stop shop for me! There are too many things to have just one favourite, I love the fact that everything is so close and you can go from an urban setting to a stunning beach, climb up a mountain, walk in the forest or a friends beautiful garden. There is so much to love in Cape Town, the people, the landscape, the food, the vibe, for me it is happiness personified!

  8. February 5th, 2010 at 21:29
    Sharon says:

    Cape Town Rocks! All of us Capetonians know it, gazillions of travellers who’ve been here know it and anyone who comes here will see it!

  9. March 29th, 2010 at 08:15
    Meghashyam Chirravoori says:

    Congratulations to Cape Town. :) It had won the “Best World City” Award in December 2008
    (Telegraph travel Awards), but being on the Forbes list is something special.

  10. April 8th, 2010 at 09:14
    Mike Robinson says:

    I would love to go to SA…. we have friends that live there and I have longed for the holiday and may be to live in the beautiful surroundings of the country. One piece of advice though, it’s a 12 hour flight for us Brits so dont forget your JetRest travel pillow ! Wonderful.

  11. January 20th, 2011 at 21:57
    Nathan Eisen says:

    I am born and raised in Cape Town and I can honestly say thats it is the most breathtaking city on Earth. It has everything: Great beaches, Nightlife, Naturalistic wonders, great food, amazing people and way more. I truly recommend Cape Town as top travel destination for anyone.

  12. March 13th, 2011 at 16:34
    Margit C. Pagani says:

    Why isn’t Rio, Brasil on the list of the most beautiful cities?
    It should be among the first five. Not only is it world famous but it’s also gorgeous, all surrounded by mountains and the ocean.

  13. March 14th, 2011 at 21:39
    Margit Pagani says:

    What about Rio in Brazil, one of the most gorgeous cities in the world?

  14. March 16th, 2011 at 11:34
    SA-Venues Admin says:

    Hi Margit

    These lists are made by Forbes.com – not us. You’d need to question the exclusion of cities with Forbes.

  15. December 22nd, 2011 at 12:58
    Clifford Matlakala Snr says:

    Indeed,Cape Town is the Mother City of the world.Everything is within access.It wows eeveryone.

  16. September 7th, 2012 at 11:18
    Raymond says:

    I LOVE Cape Town! In October I am attending a wedding in Paternoster & then staying in Blaauwberg – I hope to retire some place in Cape Town soon – can,t wait.

  17. January 16th, 2013 at 02:41
    Mark Stableford says:

    Cape Town is the mos stunning city on earth. I have travelled the entire planet and been to most of the cities that aim to compete and most of the other geographically wonderful places in the world that most would list in the top ten, but nowhere else combines these in such dramatic beauty, style and opulence… in every sense…