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America’s Snobbiest Cities 2014


In the America’s Favorite Places poll, Travel + Leisure rated New Yorkers to be the snobbiest, with D.C. at No. 4. There are also categories including wine bars, museums, and cleanliness, in which voters evaluated 38 most popular metropolitan cities.

No. 1 New York City

New York won in many survey categories that may feel elitist, such as art, theater, and luxury shopping. Also, it ranks as the least affordable city in the nation.

Money maybe can’t always buy access, but here, it can: The Standard Hotel’s Top of the Standard bar in the Meatpacking District is not allowed for non-guest-list types by 11 p.m., on most nights. However, New Yorkers would say that some of the greatest rewards are its affordable luxuries like classic deli sandwiches and street pizza.

No. 2 Miami

These Floridians won yet again mostly for being good-looking, and ranked near the top for their style. To find them in their natural habitat, you should go to cocktail bars and nightclubs such as Miami Beach’s LIV or Story, which has 60 VIP tables.

To experience yet another kind of Miami, the world of its own in Little Havana, visit the Cuba Ocho Art & Research Center, an art gallery with live music, mojitos, and fancy cigars.

No. 3 Los Angeles

To feel like you’re a little nearer to the red carpet, spend an afternoon on West Hollywood’s Robertson Avenue, where upscale department stores like Kitson and Intermix may be your chances to bump into celebrities, who shop just like us.

Eat at star-magnet The Ivy or at Gjelina on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The city also ranked in the top 10 for its retro diners, burgers, and bakeries (one in Echo Park is named Donut Snob).

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