Published On: Tue, Dec 18th, 2018

Is this small Mexican city the best in the world? (Boston Globe)

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Christopher Muther is a travel writer and columnist for the Boston Globe, covering everything from local haunts to global destinations and travel trends. Previous to writing about travel, the University of Massachusetts graduate covered fashion and style for the G section of the Globe and served as an adjunct professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Christopher came up with a question to all of us: Is SMA the best in the world?


SAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE, Mexico — We all love a good list. Best chocolatiers in Brussels? Yes, please. Top places to shop in Paris? Let’s hear it. Best cat videos on the Internet? Not travel related, but still very relevant to my interests.

However I’m a bit dubious when a list broadly declares a place to be the best city in the world. How can you determine the best city? It’s like trying to choose your favorite Backstreet Boy or Spice Girl (impossible!). Despite this, the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine seem quite clear on their favorite city in the world. In both 2017 and 2018, it was San Miguel de Allende. It landed in the top three in 2016.

When I heard this, I wondered how a city of 60,000 in the center of Mexico could one-up London, Tokyo, Reykjavik, or Sault Ste. Marie. Maybe not so much Sault Ste. Marie, but you get the picture. It’s a Herculean task given the beauty, diversity, and culture that you can find while globetrotting.




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