The top 10 UK cities with the best 'vibe' revealed - with Newcastle topping list


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Wey aye, man - Newcastle has been voted the best city in the UK for its food, fashion and nightlife, according to research.

A quirky survey asked 2,000 residents in the UK's largest cities to rate the different “vibes” in their area, such as sense of style, music and food.

Newcastle scored highest for seven out of the nine vibes in total – including being the most welcoming city and having the best pub scene. 

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Stoke on Trent however, didn’t do so well, coming bottom across six of the nine vibes. 

The Staffordshire city was voted as having the lowest vibe overall scoring lowest for its nightlife, food and music.

The study was commissioned by global tech brand HONOR to mark the launch of its new HONOR 90 smartphone series, which is all about helping users celebrate individuality and encouraging them to Share Their Vibe with the world. 

Bond Zhang, CEO at HONOR UK, said: "Newcastle truly has vibes worth sharing and it’s clear why. 

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“A city with a positive and inviting atmosphere becomes a beacon of hope and inspiration, fostering a sense of belonging and unity among its people. 

“A good vibe not only enhances the quality of life for residents but also entices tourists and businesses, leading to economic growth and cultural exchange. 

“Not only that, a great city vibe goes hand in hand with individuality - something we celebrate at HONOR with our latest HONOR 90.” 

Liverpool was the only other city to score highly, coming top as the best place to go if you want to watch a good game of sports and also for its music. 

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Enjoying city-life

Stoke wasn’t the only city to score low however, as London was found to be the least welcoming city. 

And Belfast scored poorly for its sports teams and games. 

It was found that 84 per cent enjoy living in or near a city, with the main reasons being because of their good shops (38 per cent), good restaurants (36 per cent) and there’s always something to do (33 per cent). 

And 67 per cent would recommend the city they live in to a friend or loved one who is looking for somewhere new to live. 

Given the chance to describe the overall vibe in their city, 41 per cent said it was lively and exciting, while 15 per cent described it as chilled and easy-going.

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A place to call home

Friendly people (55 per cent), clean streets (53 per cent) and green spaces (51 per cent) came out as the most popular features a city should have. 

A variety of restaurants (45 per cent), good air quality (44 per cent) and a good sense of community (41 per cent) also made the list. 

Of those who took part in the study by, 57 per cent base their decision on where to live on how likely they’ll be able to be themselves there. 

Bond Zhang added: “There is nothing worse than living in a place where you feel like you don’t belong so finding a city that suits your personality is so important. 

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“Embracing who you truly are allows you to express your unique personality, interests, and values.

“The importance of a city having a good vibe cannot be overstated, for it is the beating heart that fuels its success and makes it a place truly worth calling home.”

Top 10 cities with the 'vibe' overall:

  1. Newcastle - 8.09/10
  2. Cardiff - 7.36/10
  3. Liverpool 7.17/10
  4. Reading - 7.14/10
  5. Edinburgh - 7.04/10
  6. Middlesbrough - 7.00/10
  7. Brighton and Hove - 6.99/10
  8. London - 6.85/10
  9. Coventry - 6.63/10
  10. Leicester - 6.62/10

Top 10 cities with the best music scene:

  1. Liverpool - 7.53/10
  2. Newcastle - 7.42/10
  3. Cardiff - 7.30/10
  4. London - 7.23/10
  5. Middlesbrough - 6.96/10
  6. Leeds - 6.86/10
  7. Reading - 6.81/10
  8. Sunderland - 6.75/10

Top 10 cities with the best sense of style

  1. Newcastle - 7.42/10
  2. London - 7.12/10
  3. Liverpool - 7.04/10
  4. Reading - 6.89/10
  5. Brighton and Hove - 6.79/10
  6. Cardiff - 6.75/10
  7. Edinburgh - 6.75/10
  8. Middlesbrough - 6.53/10
  9. Glasgow - 6.46/10
  10. Leeds - 6.44/10

Top 10 cities with the best food

  1. Newcastle - 8.16/10
  2. London - 7.74/10
  3. Cardiff - 7.73/10
  4. Reading - 7.56/10
  5. Middlesbrough - 7.4/410
  6. Liverpool - 7.40/10
  7. Edinburgh - 7.34/10
  8. Brighton and Hove - 7.20/10
  9. Manchester - 7.16/10
  10. Glasgow - 7.14/10

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