From 24-hour dining to all-night clubs, some cities rebut the notion that nighttime is for sleeping. Visitors to these "cities that never sleep" are certain to find plenty to do, regardless of the time of the night. Many things contribute to a city staying up all hours, including pleasant nighttime weather, a 24-hour business cycle and a youthful population. Travelers to any of these top cities will find entertaining attractions at any hour of the day.
Top 5 Cities IN THE WORLD That Never Sleep
The City That Never Sleeps continues to function as a uniquely 24-hour locale. While it has the late-night clubs and bars that feature prominently in many cities, New York also functions on a more practical level. The NYC subway system provides 24-hour public transportation, which makes it easy to seek out that all-night hardware or grocery store or even a salon. Famous as a dining destination, New York provides plenty of late-night options. Visitors should try the sandwiches at Sarge’s Delicatessen, chosen by the "Village Voice" as its top late-night eatery.
Just a 45-minute flight from Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo is a fast-paced, cosmopolitan megalopolis, 24/7 environment and Brazil’s most sophisticated city, a cultural center with a lively music and arts scene, the mecca of consumption. In Sao Paulo you can find the world’s largest Ferrari reseller – the second one is located in Los Angeles, California; the world’s 4th largest Maserati reseller; the world’s second largest Porsche reseller, as well as the second Lamborghini reseller. Sao Paulo is the only city in Latin America with Rolls Royce and Bentley resellers. Also, in Sao Paulo you can find the world’s largest agricultural planes fleet, the world’s largest private jets fleet – it was NYC until two years ago, the world’s largest private helicopters fleet, the only city in the world with 4 Tiffany’s stores, the only city in the world with 4 Bulgari’s stores, the world’s most profitable Louis Vitton store, and the most profitable Mont Blanc store outside Switzerland. The nightlife in São Paulo is one of the best in the world. Some places open its doors to the public at 4 o'clock in the morning.
Britain's “The Guardian” recently touted Madrid as the Spanish city that has most developed its after-hours identity. A true 24-hour city, it is not uncommon to see parents taking their children to the park in the wee hours or a traffic jam at 3 a.m. The hot climate and long workday contribute to this trend, and the regular Madrid dinnertime is around 10 p.m. Museums like Prado and Thyssen offer late-night art openings, and huge clubs like Fabrik rarely get started before 2 a.m.
Beirut has long been the party capital of the Middle East. The 1960s saw Beirut become a target destination of the international jet-set, and the multi-cultural vibe has never waned. Nightlife centers on the lively Hamra district, with its thick clusters of bars and restaurants. Two English-language universities provide vibrancy and youth to this neighborhood. Many bars here specialize in cocktails, and the Parisian-influenced Dragonfly is a great choice.
Britain's “Telegraph” recognized Paris as a surprisingly versatile nightlife destination. The trendy Oberkampf district has plenty of late-night cafes that are excellent for people-watching. Travelers looking to party should check out the Bastille district, which lends itself to bar hopping and all-night dancing. For a more elegant experience, the Place Vendome has long been associated with high fashion and celebrity culture. Fans of movie director David Lynch should make sure to visit Silencio, the bar he designed that serves as a late-night hangout for artists.