The 10 Most Cultured Cities In The World

Published 3 years ago on April 3, 2017
By Vincent

Culture, at times, can be hard to define and just because one place has more cultural institutions than others it doesn't necessarily make it more cultured than others. It is, however, a good indicator. Price comparison website have recently released a ranking of the most cultured cities by tallying their cultural attractions.

The full list takes into account the total number of cultural institutions per capita, as well as all the Michelin data they could get their hands on and the number of overnight international visits for 30 of the world's most visited countries.  They then looked at those with the most theaters, museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Michelin starred restaurants. Here we look at the top 10.


10. London, UK

The British capital has an absolute wealth of cultural institutions, but it also has a large population meaning that there needs to be a fair few of these institutions to make sure that accessibility is available to the majority. Of course, being a wealthy nation, it also has a significant amount of Michelin-starred restaurants as well, putting to bed the notion that British food is all dour, stodgy and bland.

Theaters: 878
Museums: 186
Art galleries: 125
World Heritage Sites: 4
Concert halls: 17
Michelin-starred restaurants: 67

9. Vienna, Austria

Austria has long been considered a cultural mecca with its rich, multicultural history and imperial origins, the city has long been a seat of beauty and culture for Europe as it packed as much culture as it possibly could into its small space and, as such,  In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Theaters: 55
Museums: 103
Art galleries: 14
World Heritage Sites: 2
Concert halls: 7
Michelin-starred restaurants: 9

8. Rome, Italy

The center of the Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire and now the capital of modern-day Italy, Rome is bursting at the seams with culture, and it is practically impossible not to lap it up when there. One of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe, it is perhaps little wonder that it has always catered for culture.

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Theaters: 93
Museums: 151
Art galleries: 42
World Heritage Sites: 5
Concert halls: 3
Michelin-starred restaurants: 18

7. Milan, Italy

Another Italian city riding high on the country's focus on arts and culture, Milan is known for its high-end fashion scene, ancient cathedrals, and major European soccer teams. Italian cuisine is also globally renowned for its quality, so it is understandable that Michelin stars are abundant in this city so often associated with luxury.

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Theaters: 43
Museums: 76
Art galleries: 42
World Heritage Sites: 1
Concert halls: 4
Michelin-starred restaurants: 17

6. Barcelona, Spain

With more to offer than just a soccer team, Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural center and a major tourist destination. Its strength in variety, coupled with its gorgeous coastal location, makes it a major draw for people from across the globe.

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Theaters: 80
Museums: 95
Art galleries: 46
World Heritage Sites: 1
Concert halls: 3
Michelin-starred restaurants: 25

5. Paris, France

When you think of culture, many would instantly have their minds jump to the French capital so it is not a surprise in the slightest that it is on this list although eyebrows may be raised at its position. With the world's most visited museum in the Louvre, Paris has long been a place where the aesthetic beauty of art has taken precedence and, its cuisine is often considered comparable to none.

Theaters: 245
Museums: 147
Art galleries: 69
World Heritage Sites: 1
Concert halls: 6
Michelin-starred restaurants: 100


4. Miami, Florida, USA

Miami come as a shock to a few reading this list, but it comfortably slides into the top 5 with its wealth of great restaurants, museums, theaters and even a World Heritage Site in its Everglades National Park with its exceptional variety of water habitats making it a sanctuary for a large number of birds and reptiles, as well as for threatened species such as the manatee. It is, however, sorely lacking in cuisine where it has 0 Michelin-starred restaurants.

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Theaters: 72
Museums: 18
Art galleries: 27
World Heritage Sites: 1
Concert halls: 1
Michelin-starred restaurants: 0

3. Prague, Czech Republic

The historical capital of Bohemia, Prague has drawn great artists and thinkers from around the world with its multi-cultural makeup and relaxed attitudes. Unlike many other European cities, Prague was spared from swathes of bombing in WWII so much of its medieval history and architecture remains intact. Since 1992, the extensive historic center of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Theaters: 129
Museums: 110
Art galleries: 201
World Heritage Sites: 1
Concert halls: 4
Michelin-starred restaurants: 3

2. Dublin, Ireland

Ireland's capital may have become better known in recent years as the European home of tech giants like Google and Apple, and this has undoubtedly brought a lot of intelligent thinkers to the country, but it has also served as a cultural hub as well despite lacking the recognition of a UNESCO world heritage site. 

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Theaters: 127
Museums: 57
Art galleries: 32
World Heritage Sites: 0
Concert halls: 6
Michelin-starred restaurants: 5

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

The liberal Dutch city has always been a forward-thinking capital of progressives and has long since treasured art, literature, and theater as part of its cultural identity with famous residents including Rembrandt, Anne Frank, Vincent Van Goughand Spinoza. Few will have expected it to top this list, but they will probably not be surprised either.

Theaters: 96
Museums: 81
Art galleries: 54
World Heritage Sites: 2
Concert halls: 8
Michelin-starred restaurants: 43

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