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It’s said that Melburnians can be a little smug sometimes – but who can blame us when we’ve got world-class dining options, a rich arts landscape and a killer live music scene? Thanks to our friends at Time Out for providing us with their Time Out City Life Index which has revealed that Melbourne is not only one of the most exciting cities in the world for culture and going out; it’s also one of the happiest.
Time Out polled 15,000 people from 32 cities around the world. They were asked questions related to their lifestyle habits and their feelings about life in their city, ranging from how often they go out for dinner to how they’d rate their city for affordability, safety and friendliness. The responses were then assessed across seven different categories:
Among all the cities surveyed, Melbourne came in at number 4, narrowly missing out to Chicago (who also took out the top spot last year), Porto and
New York. The big factor that catapulted Melbourne to fourth place: food and drink. Globally, the survey found that all the highest-ranked cities have
super high ratings for their bar and restaurant scene. 80 percent of Melburnians rated their local bar and food scene as outstanding, and 74 per cent
of Melburnians agreed that “there’s always something to do or see”. It’s no surprise then that Melbourne ranks second for ‘inspiration’. We’re spurred
on by a sense that there’s always something new to discover.
Sadly, the story isn’t the same in Sydney. Our northern friends ranked at 28 on the list, beating Dubai, Boston, Singapore and Istanbul. Only 37 per cent of Sydneysiders had positive feelings towards the dining scene, and only 28 per cent felt as excited about Sydney's cultural offerings as Melburnians do.
Source : Time Out
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