37 reasons Toronto should have been voted the best city in the world

Oct 20 2016, 1:27 pm

We’re calling bullsh*t.

In its 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards survey, Condé Nast Traveler placed Toronto as just the 37th best city in the world. Hell, it seems like we were lucky to make the 40-city list at that point.

More than 100,000 readers were polled and in the end this is all the 6ix was given:

Toronto sits on Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore, and can lay claim to being one of the most multicultural cities on the planet—more than 140 languages are spoken here. A big city with a small-town feel, Ontario’s capital wins points for its abundant green space, galleries, rising food scene, and offshore islands.

Yes, we’re aware that we’re saying voters are wrong. And yes, we know that sounds ridiculous. But “well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

And this is ours.

You’re really trying to tell us we’re behind cities like Nuremberg, Germany and Bruges, Belgium? Sure, they’re pretty, but can you get a ramen burger there? Didn’t think so.

Not to mention, Vancouver was voted number six in the world (yes, our number). So clearly Conde Nast’s voters have either never been to Toronto or 90% of them live in Vancouver. (Besides, we know what we think of those west coasters.)

Either way, here are 37 great reasons Toronto should have been voted the best city in the world.

1. It’s October and it still feels like summer

2. We have more than 50 cool things to do that (can) involve putting a costume on.

3. We have a thing for building new, and amazing parks.

Rail Deck Park Toronto

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4. Even our dogs get behind what’s happening in the city.

5. We support our friends (even when they’re acting like idiots).

6. Our hospitals deal with sickness like this.

7. We take vegan to the next level.

vegan toronto

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8. Babe Ruth hit his first home run here. For real.

9. We have one of the most iconic buildings (and skylines) in the world.

10. We’re one of the most sustainable cities in all of North America.

11. We’re the most Instagrammable city in Canada.

Toronto most sustainable


12. We believe in taking what’s bad here and turning into something f*cking awesome.

13. We surf.

14. We’re beautiful no matter what the season.

Toronto weather October

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15. We have some of the best shopping in the entire world.

16. We have a Poop Cafe.

17. We take care of our neighbours and welcome them with open arms.

18. We have a THREE WEEK Chocolate Festival.

19. Even Adele got on our bandwagon.

Adele Blue Jays Toronto


20. Google told the world we’re must-see.

21. We have a castle. A CASTLE. And it knows how to get into the spirit of things.

22. You can get a Thanksgiving sandwich here…all year round.

23. We have awesome companies. And they’re hiring.

Toronto companies hiring jobs


24. Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING.

25. We have the best university in Canada. (And it’s 27th in the entire world.)

26. The world wants to live here.

27. Our fashion bloggers are on fire.

28. Not to mention, have you seen our models!?

29. We know how to throw a holiday market.

Christmas Market Toronto

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30. Our food truck scene will leave you drooling and hungry for more.

31. The Economist (and they’re pretty smart) thinks we’re the 4th most liveable city in the entire world.

32. We believe in Uber.

33. Our ink game is on point.

tattooed girl

34. Toronto is one of the biggest tech hubs in the entire world.

35. We’re working on giving entire neighbourhoods free WiFi.

36. We give a sh*t about youth mental health.

37. West Queen West is one of the coolest neighbourhoods in all of North America.

The Drake Hotel / Facebook

The Drake Hotel / Facebook

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