The Russian capital, which last year was the top-hashtagged city on Instagram, has been named the world’s fifth-best metropolis in a ranking of 100 major cities by Resonance Consultancy, RIA Novosti reports.
“Intriguing and increasingly hungry for global attention, Russia’s beguiling capital is a cultural gold mine spanning the ages,” reads Resonance’s ranking. “First-timers and regulars fall under the spell of Moscow the minute they set foot in this endlessly fascinating and dynamic metropolis,” the consultancy said.
Moscow was only behind London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo in the rating. Dubai, Singapore, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Rome closed the top-10.
Last year, Resonance rated Moscow the world’s sixth-best city.
According to the consulting firm, Moscow “offers a bounty of classic attractions, including the masterpiece of Russian architecture that is St. Basil’s Cathedral; the Kremlin and Red Square, two UNESCO Heritage Sites that are also the historic and spiritual heart of the city; and, of course, Gorky Park.”
“But the city also rewards venturing off the beaten path, with bizarre bars, tasty and increasingly locally sourced meals, and daring fashion boutiques,” it added.
Another Russian city, St. Petersburg, which is often dubbed Russia’s cultural capital, was ranked 35th overall.
“There are many worthy cities that vie for the title of Venice of the North, but only one that wears the crown with the panache of St. Petersburg,” the ranking said.