Discover the best cities for architecture enthusiasts across the globe in this latest study from Buildworld.
From Romania’s captivating Iasi with its rich history and standout attractions, to the iconic architectural wonders of Chicago’s skyline, the study ranks destinations based on the percentage of architectural sites in each city with a 4.5- or 5-star rating.
It takes you on a South American journey in Quito, Ecuador, and delves into the architectural treasures of Manchester and Liverpool in the UK. It also explores the Asian gem of Quezon City in the Philippines.
Join us as we venture into these architectural marvels that span continents and centuries.
The best city in the world for architecture
Iasi in Romania is the top global city break destination for lovers of architecture and design, according to the Buildworld study. Over 90% of architecture-related TripAdvisor reviews were 4.5-star or higher.
The city boasts a captivating blend of architectural styles that reflect its rich history. It features elegant neoclassical buildings and dozens of beautiful Orthodox churches showcasing its past as a cultural hub. The iconic Gothic-style Palace of Culture is the city’s standout attraction.
City breaks in the USA
Over 80% of Chicago-related TripAdvisor reviews of the city’s architecture scored at least 4.5 stars.
If you’ve been there, you’ll know why the Windy City scored so highly.
Chicago’s architecture is a breathtaking fusion of innovation and history, highlighting the city’s contribution to the skyscraper revolution. Iconic towering structures on show include the Willis Tower and John Hancock Center.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School influence is evident in the Riverfront high-rises and the modernist marvel of Cloud Gate in Millennium Park.
South American city tour
Interested in a stunning city break in South America? Then book your next flight to Quito, Ecuador. It topped the table for the best city for design lovers to travel across the continent.
Quito is a truly unique destination that blends modern design, the natural world, and Ecuador’s rich and diverse history. The city’s center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features colonial-era treasures like the ornate Compañía de Jesús Church, the neo-Gothic Basilica del Voto Nacional, and the modernist elegance of La Carolina Park’s Quito Exhibition Center.
Architectural wonders of Europe
Liverpool is perfect for a cultural city break in the UK. Start with a stroll along the UNESCO-listed waterfront, where you can soak up the stunning sights of the Royal Liver Building and the sleek modernity of the Museum of Liverpool.
Georgian terraces, influenced by the city’s trading past, stand shoulder to shoulder alongside innovative structures and designs like the Liverpool One complex. It’s an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary architecture that tells the story of this great city.
Top Asian city destinations for design lovers
Heading to Asia for your next adventure? If you love architecture, then make sure you stop off at Quezon City in the Philippines. 9 out of 10 visitors took the time to post a 4.5-star review of the city’s architecture.
Most of them mention the Quezon Memorial Circle. It’s a national park and historical monument located in the heart of the city. The centerpiece is a tall art deco-inspired monument housing the remains of President Quezon and his wife, Aurora Quezon. Put it at the top of your must-see list.