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World's Best Cities 2012

World's Best Cities: Cape Town

Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town

No. 4 Cape Town

South Africa’s third-largest city has a complicated history, but, as this year’s ranking in the top five attests, there is no dispute about its beauty—the flat-topped Table Mountain rises a dramatic 3,563 feet above the city, vineyards produce excellent wine just a few miles outside of town, and the once-staid dining scene is booming.

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