World's biggest cities

I am a big city addict. I feel truly alive when I am in a big city. My goal is to visit all the world's biggest cities, including cities that are relatively small but are the biggest in their country. Below is the list of 200 cities I've picked for myself. The population data is mainly based on 2020 data from World City Populations, it is only correct to the order of magnitude. Progress on my goal? 42 out of 200.

Tokyo, Japan

37 million

New Delhi, India

30 million

Shanghai, China

27 million


Mexico City

22 million

Sao Paulo, Brazil

22 million

Cairo, Egypt

21 million

So close! I visited Cairo as a kid, but my parents didn't let me explore the city. I do remember the museum and the souvenir shop.


Dhaka, Bangladesh

21 million

Beijing, China

20 million

Mumbai, India

20 million


New York City

20 million

Osaka, Japan

19 million

Chongqing, China

16 million


Karachi, Pakistan

16 million

Istanbul, Turkey

15 million

The meeting point of the world. It was part of the Silk Road and it is now the biggest city that is located on two continents. Every restaurant is a cat cafe.

Kolkata, India

15 million


Kinshasa, DRC

14 million

Lagos, Nigeria

14 million

Manila, Philippines

14 million

So close! I missed a connecting flight in Manila airport, so I had from 11pm until 5am to spend in the city. The airline provided me with a hotel room for free, so I slept most of it.


Guangzhou, China

13 million

Río de Janeiro, Brazil

13 million

Tianjin, China

13 million


Bangalore, India

12 million

Lahore, Pakistan

12 million

Moscow, Russia

12 million


Shenzhen, China

12 million

Xi'an, China

12 million

Bogota, Colombia

11 million


Chennai, India

11 million

Jakarta, Indonesia

11 million

Lima, Peru

11 million


Wuhan, China

11 million

Bangkok, Thailand

10 million

Hyderabad, India

10 million


Seoul, South Korea

10 million

Chengdu, China

9 million

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

9 million


London, UK

9 million

A perfect mix of energy, architecture, science, art and entrepreneurship; a mix of big city vibes, historic villages and expansive green spaces. I believe London is the best place to live in the world.

Nagoya, Japan

9 million

Nanjing, China

9 million


Tehran, Iran

9 million

Ahmedabad, India

8 million

Bangalore, India

8 million


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8 million

Luanda, Angola

8 million

Baghdad, Iraq

7 million


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

7 million

Hong Kong

7 million

Madrid, Spain

7 million


Pune, India

7 million

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

7 million

Santiago, Chile

7 million


Surat, India

7 million

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

6 million

Johannesburg, South Africa

6 million


Khartoum, Sudan

6 million

Singapore

6 million

Toronto, Canada

6 million


Abidjan, Ivory Coast

5 million

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

5 million

Alexandria, Egypt

5 million


Ankara, Turkey

5 million

Barcelona, Spain

5 million

Brasilia, Brazil

5 million


Buenos Aires, Argentina

5 million

Chittagong, Bangladesh

5 million

Fukuoka, Japan

5 million


Guadalajara, Mexico

5 million

Hanoi, Vietnam

5 million

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

5 million


Melbourne, Australia

5 million

Nairobi, Kenya

5 million

Saint Petersburg, Russia

5 million


Sydney, Australia

5 million

Yangon, Myanmar

5 million

Cape Town, South Africa

4 million


Casablanca, Morocco

4 million

Kabul, Afghanistan

4 million

Kano, Nigeria

4 million


Los Angeles, USA

4 million

Montreal, Canada

4 million

Rome, Italy

4 million


Tel Aviv, Israel

4 million

Xinbei, Taiwan

4 million

Algiers, Algeria

3 million


Antananarivo, Madagascar

3 million

Asuncion, Paraguay

3 million

Athens, Greece

3 million


Berlin, Germany

3 million

Big wide streets, big buildings, big Schwerbelastungskörper, big listening station on top of a big hill made from rubble. Berlin is the opposite of cramped. I'd like to spend more time there.

Busan, South Korea

3 million

Caracas, Venezuela

3 million


Dakar, Senegal

3 million

Douala, Cameroon

3 million

Dubai, UAE

3 million

So close! I changed planes in Dubai airport, but didn't have a chance to visit the city. There is an indoor garden with birds and butterflies in the airport.


Faisalabad, Pakistan

3 million

Guatemala City

3 million

Guayaquil, Ecuador

3 million


Kampala, Uganda

3 million

Kumasi, Ghana

3 million

Kuwait City

3 million


Kyiv, Ukraine

3 million

Lisbon, Portugal

3 million

I arrived in Lisbon with a bad cold, the city being wet and cold in December didn't help. None of the food was vegetarian. I still enjoyed the city. I imagine I will appreciate it so much more when I visit next time.

Lusaka, Zambia

3 million


Mashhad, Iran

3 million

Milan, Italy

3 million

One of my favourite cities in the world. Great food, great architecture, great atmosphere, lovely neighborhoods and loads of places to enjoy. I've visited more than five times, and I will definitely visit many more times.

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

3 million


Port Au Prince, Haiti

3 million

Pyongyang, North Korea

3 million

Sana'a, Yemen

3 million


Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.

3 million

Yaounde, Cameroon

3 million

Accra, Ghana

2 million


Aleppo, Syria

2 million

Almaty, Kazakhstan

2 million

Amman, Jordan

2 million


Baku, Azerbaijan

2 million

Bamako, Mali

2 million

Beirut, Lebanon

2 million


Brazzaville, Rep. of the Congo

2 million

Brussels, Belgium

2 million

During my first visit there were protests going on, deafening explosions prevented me from fully enjoying an otherwise great falafel wrap. During my second visit, a revolution was going on in my own life. I don't like Brussels, but it's not the city's fault.

Bucharest, Romania

2 million


Budapest, Hungary

2 million

My memory of Budapest is observing locals having fun - enjoying parks, public baths, and open air cafes in the city center and in the neighbourhoods. I'd love to visit again.

Chicago, USA

2 million

Conakry, Guinea

2 million


Damascus, Syria

2 million

Havana, Cuba

2 million

La Paz, Bolivia

2 million


Lomé, Togo

2 million

Matola, Mozambique

2 million

Minsk, Belarus

2 million


Mogadishu, Somalia

2 million

Montevideo, Uruguay

2 million

Panama City

2 million

Visiting Panama canal and Soberanía national park from here are my most vivid memories. I was detained by the police twice - for "being alone in the dark" and for "walking down the street where everyone gets robbed".


Paris, France

2 million

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2 million

Quito, Ecuador

2 million


San Juan, Puerto Rico

2 million

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

2 million

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

2 million


Tunis, Tunisia

2 million

Vienna, Austria

2 million

An architecturally amazing experience. I spent most of my week in a university. I can imagine myself staying for longer, enjoying the scientific life of the city and making the most of the transport links to surrounding countries.

Warsaw, Poland

2 million

I only had half a day to explore the city and I spent most of it indulging in local cuisine. Definitely an enjoyable city I'd love to visit again.


Cotonou, Benin

1 million

Amsterdam, Netherlands

1 million

As soon as you escape the touristy part of the city, a wonderful city unravels in all directions. Pretty neighborhoods and canals, all connected by free ferries. The city is also home to my favourite airport.

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

1 million


Asmara, Eritrea

1 million

Auckland, New Zealand

1 million

Bangui, Central African Republic

1 million


Belgrade, Serbia

1 million

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

1 million

Bujumbura, Burundi

1 million


Colombo, Sri Lanka

1 million

Copenhagen, Denmark

1 million

The best place in the world for cinnamon rolls and New Nordic Cuisine. The architecture gems scattered around the city make for enjoyable walks, while high density of bakeries ensures you are always full of doughy goodness.

Doha, Qatar

1 million


Dublin, Ireland

1 million

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

1 million

Freetown, Sierra Leone

1 million


Gaza

1 million

Harare, Zimbabwe

1 million

Hargeisa

1 million


Helsinki, Finland

1 million

I spent a month in Helsinki doing a Finnish language course. The city is full of parks, harbours, islands and lakes. I never managed to make friends with anyone, so the over experience was lonely and cold despite it being summer.

Jerusalem

1 million

Kathmandu, Nepal

1 million


Kigali, Rwanda

1 million

Libreville, Gabon

1 million

Lilongwe, Malawi

1 million


Managua, Nicaragua

1 million

Monrovia, Liberia

1 million

Muscat, Oman

1 million

A long city stretched along the shore. An intangible division between "for tourists" and "not for tourists" areas and the car-centric nature of the city prevented me from getting a real feel for it.


N'Djamena, Chad

1 million

Niamey, Niger

1 million

Nouakchott, Mauritania

1 million


Oslo, Norway

1 million

A city designed to be enjoyed. In many apartment blocks you can swim from the front door into the harbour. Parks are for sunbathing and enjoying sculptures, the opera house is for walking on the roof. I have yet to visit in winter.

Prague, Czechia

1 million

San Jose, Costa Rica

1 million


San Salvador, El Salvador

1 million

Sofia, Bulgaria

1 million

Stockholm, Sweden

1 million


Tbilisi, Georgia

1 million

A truly fascinating city. Get a tour guide to access the most fascinating examples of art and architecture. Since 2015 citizens of 90 countries may visit visa free for up to a year, hence the city is changing rapidly.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

1 million

Tripoli, Libya

1 million


Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

1 million

Vientiane, Laos

1 million

Yerevan, Armenia

1 million


Zürich, Switzerland

1 million

The most dynamic and alive city in Switzerland. Beautiful architecture surrounded by snowy mountains. Locals enjoy swimming on their lunch breaks, hiking on the weekends and frequently indulging in cheese fondue.

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

0.5 million

Bratislava, Slovakia

0.5 million

I spent most of my time enjoying the local cuisine before sailing out of the country. Hrad Devín, located on a defendable rock not far from the city, is an obvious place for a country border, given the flatness of the surrounding area.


Chișinău, Moldova

0.5 million

Djibouti, Djibouti

0.5 million

Edinburgh, Scotland

0.5 million

One of the most exciting and beautiful historic cities on the planet, surrounded by the elegant new city. Scottish culture, castles, hiking opportunities and the best whisky in the world are some of the main highlights.


Kingston, Jamaica

0.5 million

Ljubljana, Slovenia

0.5 million

Manama, Bahrain

0.5 million


Riga, Latvia

0.5 million

I spent the first 18 years of my life in Riga. The city center is beautiful, though increasingly geared towards tourists. It is enjoyable to explore Riga for several days, as long as you don't speak both Latvian and Russian.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

0.5 million

A mix of different cultures, religions and architecture styles surrounded by majestic green hills. I only had half a day to explore the city, a more indepth visit is required.

Skopje, North Macedonia

0.5 million

The historic city centre, very different from the rest of the city, and the big fortress overlooking it, that stands completely abandoned, are my most vivid memories. I believe there is much more to explore.


Tallinn, Estonia

0.5 million

Tirana, Albania

0.5 million

A city full of history, both old and very recent. In 2019 it was going through abrupt changes - new bars serving "everything you'd find in Europe" and shiny new signs in English causing confusion to older residents.

Vilnius, Lithuania

0.5 million


Washington DC, USA

0.5 million

Zagreb, Croatia

0.5 million