The most underrated cities in the world


“I hadn’t even planned to visit, but it ended up blowing my mind.”

One of the most exciting things about traveling is that you never know exactly what you are going to find which can lead to some really nice surprises. So the u / EvilDan69 redditor asked, “What city have you traveled to that really surprised you?” Here are some underrated destinations that have thrilled travelers.


“Bologna, Italy. OMI is arguably the best food town in the best food country in the world. I will never forget the tortellini al brodo, the tagliatelle al ragù and the panna cotta that I ate there. J Also loved walking to Madonna di San Luca and seeing the amazing view from the top. “


“Seville, Spain. What a city! There is incredible food, energy and culture. It is one of the few places I loved so much that I would consider having a second home.”


“Antwerp, Belgium. Loved the history there, all the museums and the awesome architecture. There were also some great restaurants and a great cafe and bar scene.”

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“Antwerp has an excellent bar and beer culture, it is easily accessible on foot and has beautiful architecture. I intended to go to Brussels, but was told to ignore it and go to Antwerp instead. It did not disappoint. “



“Chicago. I’m from Canada and have been to many cities in the United States, but Chicago really surprised me. If you’ve never been, don’t hesitate to go someday! fantastic, the food was epic, and our architectural boat tour was great. We walked over 15 miles to all the different sites we wanted to see. To our surprise, the Jazzfest was held for free in Chicago so it ‘was a real treat. And I checked an evening of The Cubs Game at Wrigley Field off my list, which was an amazing experience. “


“Inverness, Scotland. It was the most perfect location for a big trip through the UK. It was such a quiet and lovely place with a great view. We found some fun pubs where we enjoyed the live music and our Airbnb had a great view. Would go back anytime. “


“Santa Fe, New Mexico. There is always something interesting going on, so you can wander endlessly exploring the live music in the plaza, the art fairs, and so many museums, galleries and restaurants. everything is within walking distance. This is not a party town, but if you like art and relaxation there is nothing better. As a bonus, there is decent skiing and great hiking near.”


“Stellenbosch, South Africa. This is the wine country of South Africa, located about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The vineyards were superb (my favorite was the Delaire Graff estate) and the place was incredibly beautiful, offering majestic views of the Cape Mountains, lush gardens, and a great overall ambience!


“Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, really surprised me. I heard bad things so I was wary, but it turned out to be a fascinating city full of interesting things to see and do. I would highly recommend to rent a moped to explore the incredible landscapes outside of town. “


“Vienna, Austria. I didn’t have very high expectations but the city was just beautiful (much more beautiful than Paris, IMHO). There were some great cafes and museums, beautiful architecture and the metro was probably the cleanest I have ever seen in Europe. Plus, during the summer there was a free art festival with opera, street food and beer. “


“Orvieto, Italy. I stopped there for convenience as it was halfway between Rome and Florence, and I was blown away by everything: the cathedral, the view from the city walls (the city is stands on top of a cliff), friendly people and ancient Etruscan underground passages. “


“Banff, Alberta, Canada. While visiting, I felt like I was inside a snow globe. It was even more beautiful than the photos would suggest and I will return often. “


“Dingle, Ireland was way more than expected. There were so many cute shops and colorful doors to admire all around town. The whole peninsula was beautiful and there was a great food festival. . “


“Beirut, Lebanon. As someone who grew up in and around New York City, it was the first city that had that same palpable energy when you walk the streets. It was also home to amazing food and beautiful people. “


“Kyoto. The whole city looked like a beautiful garden. The vibe was so cold and the food was to die for. Loved the little streams, the historic buildings and all the greenery.”


“Tallinn, Estonia. I visited on part of a longer trip to Latvia. Tallinn has a beautiful old town with the gates of a castle and it’s so beautiful to walk through. to have traveled through time. “


“Krakow, Poland. I was there to visit Auschwitz but I was blown away by the city. Auschwitz leaves you feeling really heavy and depressing but seeing the rest of Krakow helps ease those emotions and makes the experience lighter. I especially liked the amazing central square. “


“Istanbul, Turkey surprised me in the best possible way. My stay there started in rough conditions: I was scammed, stuck in a torrential thunderstorm and our hotel reservation got mixed up. But from the second day, my experience was great. There is so much to see like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Catacombs and Galata Tower, and so much to do like a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus, Taksim for the nightlife and shopping, and the many bazaars. Turkish food was absolutely amazing and I loved shopping in the bazaars. (The store owners were very friendly and almost always offered tea or a yogurt drink just to pass by.) “


“Mexico City. I was told it was dangerous and ‘nothing special’, but my experience was completely different. The city was absolutely beautiful, so vibrant and fun. The people were some of the friendliest I have ever had. have ever encountered and all the food was amazing. It remains one of my favorite towns to this day. “


“Budapest, Hungary. This city stole my heart. I couldn’t spend enough time there and can’t wait to go back. The view of the parliament at night from the Danube will blow your mind.”


“Savannah, Georgia. It is definitely one of my favorite places in the United States. I love the charming southern vibe; the look of the city; the story ; the restaurants ; and parks. “


“I was blown away by Ljubljana, Slovenia. Visiting there was like being in a fairytale world. It’s beautiful. I went by train as part of an Interrail trip and I Didn’t expect much, but it was small, comfortable, and beautiful! “


“Lagos, Portugal. We didn’t know where to go in the south, so we decided to stay in a different town each day. Lagos was our second stop, but we actually decided to cancel our plans and move on there. the rest of our time. The sea was amazing as were the views. We took a boat trip through the Bengali cave, which cannot be reached on foot. We also had some really delicious food. I are already planning to return. “


“Traverse City, Michigan. It’s such a cool place. There are cherry orchards, vineyards, beautiful water and lots of water sports. And it’s only a short drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes. and Fishtown. “


“Bordeaux, France is really fantastic. The food, weather and wine are incredible, plus it’s a much cheaper and friendlier alternative to Paris. In fact, all of France’s ‘second cities’ to me. have pleasantly surprised. “


“Udaipur, India. It’s a small, old town that has so much to offer. The city is quite green and full of small lakes. Most of the older parts of town are within walking distance and the narrow winding lanes are so much fun to explore. The weather is generally very comfortable and the City Palace is a fascinating maze with intricate sculptures and hidden gardens. “


“George Town, the capital of the Malaysian island of Penang. It was incredible – such a mix of cultures, architecture and street art. The arty vibe permeates every aspect of life there. I highly recommend visiting. “


“Busan, South Korea (and the whole country, really). It’s this weird juxtaposition of old and supermodern, and everything is both chaotic and incredibly organized. I don’t know how it works, but it’s it is … and apparently much better than other major cities. The scenery, the food and the people were fantastic. “


“Salzburg, Austria. I knew it was famous for its baroque architecture and castles, but wow. It was by far the most beautiful place I have ever visited between the snow capped Alps, the crystal clear river, the little alleys hidden and Romanesque buildings adorned with steep Gothic bell towers and Baroque domes.Moreover, there is so much history given that Austria was at the epicenter of history, art and culture European. “


“Oaxaca, Mexico is an amazing, walkable city with perfect weather, interesting and delicious food, cool people and so much history like the ruins of Monte Albán. If you go, make sure you stay in a central part of town near the Zócalo or the Church of Santo Domingo. “


“Kiev. I didn’t expect much from Ukraine but loved it there. I was particularly blown away by the food. I tried a lot of different restaurants, both very affordable and upscale. of standard, and the quality of the food was consistently excellent. “


“Halifax, Nova Scotia. It looks like a big city, but everything is wrapped up in a nice little quaint seaside ensemble.”


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