World's Best Cities 2012
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.