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Medellín has also been ranked as the most innovative city in Colombia. Photo: Flickr
Medellín has also been ranked as the most innovative city in Colombia. Photo: Flickr

Colombian city is one of the best in the world according to 'Time Out’

Medellín was the only Latin American city in the top 10 best cities in 2022 ranked by Time Out magazine.

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Medellín, capital of the department of Antioquia in Colombia, was named the third best city in the world to live in according to a recent list published by Time Out magazine for 2022.

Each year, the magazine surveys nearly 20,000 residents of different cities around the world, along with its network of global editors, to identify what makes their city great through a survey known as "The Time Out Index." Time Out uses the resulting data to compile its global ranking of cities.

On this occasion, Medellín took third place and was rated by 97% of its residents surveyed as the place that is home to the best food and drink in the world. In addition, 90% of respondents said it was the most interesting nightlife destination and 94% said it is the city with the best community spirit.

"Medellín offers much more than good weather year-round," the magazine wrote of the 'City of Eternal Spring.' But even more than its good weather, it highlighted that it is the only one in Colombia with a metro system.

"In this year's survey, Medellín's nightlife was voted the best in the world, though perhaps not so surprising given that this is the city that gave us reggaeton artists J Balvin, Maluma and Karol G," Time Out wrote in its report.

The top 10 best cities are:

1. Edinburgh, Scotland

2. Chicago, USA

3. Medellin, Colombia

4. Glasgow, Scotland

5. Amsterdam, Netherlands

6. Prague, Czech Republic

7. Marrakech, Morocco

8. Berlin, Germany

9. Montreal, Canada

10. Copenhagen, Denmark

The Colombian city is the only Latin American city that made it into the Top 10 list by the magazine. 

From war to culture 

Previously, the city had a bad reputation, as it was one of the places most affected by violence from drug cartels that took over the country in the 1980s.

Nowadays, Medellín is acclaimed for having turned the communes and other sectors that were once very dangerous into tourist centers full of life, where spectacular displays of art, culture and food are developed.

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