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From Hong Kong to Paris, the world's top 10 most desirable cities

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A new list of the world's top 100 cities has seen London narrowly eclipse its old rival Paris. New tourism figures show that 16.8 million visitors came to London in 2013, making it one of the 10 most desirable cities to travel to in the world, and the highest-ranking city outside Asia.

Paris came next after the UK capital, with 15.2 million tourists flocking to the city of light in 2013, according to figures released by market intelligence firm Euromonitor International.

Hong Kong came top overall, with just over 25 million people drawn to the vibrant and eclectic southeast Asia metropolis. Come see which other cites made the shortlist, along with our pick of hidden gems for each. Jet-set city break, here we come...

Photos: Rex Features

  • Hong Kong

    (25.6m visitors in 2013)

    Grab some dim sum at Lin Heung Tea House, a bustling and authentic age-old parlour in the heart of Central or take a leisurely two-hour stroll to Ham Tin Wan beach, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Rent camping gear from one of the village stalls and enjoy a tasty seafood dinner in one of two restaurants. At night, the sky will light up with stars, a rare sight indeed in this frenetic urban hub. 

  • Singapore

    (22.5m visitors) 

    Food For Thought is a chic restaurant at Singapore Botanic Gardens and a great place to meet friends, especially if you're on a budget. There's a tasty and reasonably priced breakfast and the pancakes come highly recommended.

  • Bangkok

    (17.5m visitors)

    Maya Indian Restaurant is a hard-to-beat dining experience in Bangkok. A rooftop bar with big city views, a slick, elegant interior and top notch Indian dishes accompany some serious cocktails. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls showcase the glimmering skyline, which will wow you even before you've sampled the drinks. 

  • London

    (16.8m visitors)

    The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street spans three floors and offers uninterrupted views across the City of London. Served by two express lifts, visitors arrive to a beautiful landscaped garden with a viewing area, terrace, café, bar and restaurant.

  • Paris

    (15.2m visitors)

    Join French and international fashionistas from all over the world in beautiful concept store Merci offering the very best in fashion, design, household goods, and food all under one roof. Browse the vintage furniture, emerging new fashion brands and rare and limited editions pieces.

  • Macau

    (14.3m visitors)

    An elegant and relaxing wine lounge featuring fine art and great music in the heart of this historic city, Macau Soul is tastefully decorated with fine wooden furniture, works of art and cute bird cages. There's an extensive list of Portuguese wines and top notch food with live gigs of blues, jazz, country and Texas swing every Saturday.

  • New York City

    (11.9m visitors)

    Fill your boots with what's on offer at Brooklyn Flea market, from a wealth of top-quality furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antique vendors, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers. Not to mention the delicious fresh food. The New York Times called the Flea "One of the great urban experiences in New York" and the view of the Manhattan skyline from here is pretty good too... 

  • Shenzhen

    (11.7m visitors) 

    Known among locals as Shenzhen’s "Central Park", gorgeous green space Lychee Park provides both respite from the noise of the city and a picture-perfect view of Shenzhen’s skyscrapers in the distance. Don't leave without buying a bag of lychees, which grow on the park’s trees.

  • Kuala Lumpur

    (11.2m visitors)

    Book a place on Food Tour Malaysia to discover a gastronomic adventure centered around tasting Kuala Lumpar's dizzying array of local cuisine. From coconut gelato topped with chilli sprinkles to barbecued chicken wings, you'll get to try all manner of regional specialities.

  • Antalya

    (11.1m visitors)

    Club Arma was built by Italians in the late 19th Century and is one of the most established restaurants in Antalya. You'll be wowed by the food as well as the wonderful views over the old city and the marina. Sample fresh fish, seafood and a range of delicious Mediterranean dishes at this classy seaside hangout.

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