10 Cities for Creative People

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1. Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam is Europe’s answer to a liberal mindset. While it may have a reputation for being too liberal, you may be surprised to learn that locals aren’t as radical as the droves of tourists will have you believe. Amsterdam has more freedom than most cities, sure, but this has led to that sort of thinking outside of the box you can’t get in most places, making it one of the best cities for creative people.

2. Berlin, Germany

Despite the eclectic blend of people in Berlin, the city is renowned for its synergy and strong endorsement of creative freedom. Many entrepreneurs relocate to Berlin from around the world to try their luck in the start-up scene or just to find their creativity in a city that actively promotes such endeavours.

3. Austin, Texas

Austin is the South’s creative centre, if you will. There are artists of many forms and from many walks of life residing in Austin – from musicians through to food-truck entrepreneurs, there aren’t any limits on creativity in Austin, TX.

Stockholm Metro

4. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is quickly becoming one of Europe’s key cities for start-up culture. Skype’s headquarters are here and a range of other influential companies are coming to the fore. The only limit to creativity is the sheer expense of Sweden, much like other capital cities in Northern Europe.

5. Cape Town, South Africa

The vibe in Cape Town is somewhat indescribable. There are many young creatives located here and the added bonus of being able to retreat to nature whenever you please is a great creative outlet.

6. Tokyo, Japan 

Japan’s biggest city is hustling and bustling with creativity of all types – but none so much as tech entrepreneurship and of course the highly acclaimed Tokyo fashion scene! There is an endless amount of inspiration in Tokyo with something new at every turn, making it a city where anything seems possible.


7. Melbourne, Australia

Australia has a very distinct vibe for each capital city and for Melbourne, its all about creative freedom. The city embraces creativity in all its forms so it is here you will find many small boutique brands popping up and some great small coffee shops with huge success stories.

8. London, UK

London’s strong sense of multiculturalism makes it one of the most eclectic and inspiring cities in the entire world. Head straight for Central London or mingle with the East London social scene to keep up with the fast-paced nature of it all!

9. New York City, NY

Ahhhh, the Big Apple. No other city in the world does ‘limitless’ quite so well. New York is however extremely competitive and cut-throat, so it certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted!

10. Paris, France

Last but not least, the city of love. Paris is bursting with charm and romance at every turn, but the type of creative to relocate to Paris is usually in pursuit of one thing – the fashion scene. Designers can rest assured there’s no other city for you quite like Paris… but when was that ever a secret!?

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    April 9, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Well I understand that has to be a ten list but instead of london and new york I would suggest Barcelona and San Francisco

    March 31, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Kingston, Jamaica too – lots of creativity in music and art.

    Muthu Kumar
    March 28, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing this great list cities to visit. All places are really nice places to visit with group of people.

    Stock Market Training in Hyderabad
    February 20, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    this is valuable information for learners.thanks

    December 16, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    So what do people think of Portland, Oregon? “Keep Portland Weird” is one of its mottos. Seems like it would be an “out of the box” type of city too, no?

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    Wonderland Trekker
    July 30, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Berlin & Paris are great cities for creative people. Glad that they are on the list. How about Chiang Mai in Thailand ?

    Alisha Paul
    May 28, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Concur with each and every city on your rundown! London is practically on the top for me 🙂

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    May 17, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Montreal ???

    March 28, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    It was very nice to see Austin on the list. It has been my chosen home for many, many years. Regardless of where I travel, I like to come back home.

    Alisha Paul
    December 31, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    That’s a good selection!
    I’ve been to Berlin, Paris, London and ny and that i agree, there’s most artistic energy in those cities.Therefore I attempt to move to Kerala in Asian country.Holiday Asian country proffer produce specially tour packages to Kerala.

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    Bethany Sedore
    December 8, 2014 at 3:25 am

    This is awesome! I’ll be sure to travel to all of these amazing places in the near future!

    17-year-old, currently traveling Greece

    Bethany Sedore
    December 8, 2014 at 3:24 am

    This is awesome! I’ll be sure to travel to all of these amazing places in the near future!

    17-year-old, currently traveling Greece

    December 5, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Happy to see London on the list!

    December 3, 2014 at 4:53 am

    My favorites are London and Berlin. I’ve been thinking about moving to London some day. Maybe after I graduate next summer 🙂

    Have you been in Helsinki? I think a creative people would love it too, especially the “Kallio” area. I lived there last summer and it’s full of artistic people. You should try it too!

    Grace | The Beauty of Everywhere
    December 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Lots of my favourite cities on this list! I’m currently trying to decide whether to make the move to Amsterdam or Berlin, after five years of London. It’s a tough decision! 🙂

    December 2, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I think Los Angeles deserves to be on this list!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    December 2, 2014 at 1:03 am

    As a wannabe writer Paris has always felt like home!

    Kelly @ Endlessly Exploring
    November 30, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Fantastic list! I’ve been to all but 3 of those cities (Stockholm, Cape Town and Tokyo). So perhaps I’ll have to add one (or all) of them onto next years travels!! x

    Lauren Hughes
    November 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! Great post 🙂 xo

    November 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Living so close to NYC, I definitely agree with you! I’ve heard a lot about Berlin being a super creative, “hipster” city, too. 🙂 Cool post!

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    LEE @ Modern Granola
    November 29, 2014 at 8:58 am

    All of these sound pretty good to me! I’ve only been to a few of them, so I need to get on the ball!

    November 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I’m sure others have posted this but you forgot LA. It’s one of the most creative cities in the States.

    Chiara - Machedavvero
    November 29, 2014 at 7:07 am

    You missed the upcoming ones: Tel Aviv, Warsaw and Lodz in Poland. Tel Aviv and Warsaw are the next cities where the Google Campus and incubators will open (actually, in Tel Aviv is already opened) while Lodz is the new creative centre of Poland. They’re amazing cities, you can read more on my blog 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      November 30, 2014 at 3:24 am

      Thanks Chiara – I will be visiting Warsaw later this year so I will definitely check it out then!! 🙂

    Andrea @ GreenAndTurquoise
    November 29, 2014 at 6:51 am

    That’s a great selection!
    I’ve been to Berlin, Paris, London and New York and I agree, there’s so much creative energy in those cities. My favorite is definitely NY, but I’m visiting Tokyo next year so maybe I’ll change my mind!
    Happy Travels Brooke!

    November 29, 2014 at 5:19 am

    I’m so glad I found this list – I’m trying to figure out where to go next in 2015 and I can’t decide! How about Hong Kong as an addition to the list? The cultural fusion there makes for some amazing creative inspiration.

    Marie @ Marie Away
    November 29, 2014 at 5:07 am

    This might be my Canadian showing, but I adore Montreal—It’s my favourite city in Canada. It’s such a lively and artistic place. Definitely recommended!

    Tee | Rotten One
    November 29, 2014 at 1:46 am

    I moved to Berlin just for the creative atmosphere here. Love all the artists, musicians, designers, etc with all of its eclectic and strange buildings 🙂 x

    November 29, 2014 at 12:05 am

    And San Fransisco!

    November 28, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Wonderful selections. I would love to visit Tokyo anyway, not just because of the creative freedom is surely brings.
    Since I live in Bosnia and Herzegovina, that’s gonna be a long trip though. Might as well start with those close by.

    Mersad Donko Photography

    November 28, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Oh! How I love Amsterdam! You nailed it!

    Amber Rhodes
    November 28, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Great to see Melbourne getting a mention! Recognised Albert Park Lake when I saw only half the photo! Would love to go to London and Paris…….sigh….

    November 28, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    love this – am desperate to visit tokyo after a friends recent visit

    Christina -
    November 28, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    So true, most of them are wonderful cities! I would also add Rome to your list – the Italian capital is a wonderful place to live in for a creative soul. I have been an expat there for a year, and it is truly one of the most amazing cities I have ever experienced!

    November 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Good place for vacations. thanks for sharing a nice information.

    Ovais Mirza
    November 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Brooke,

    Thanks for letting us know about those beautiful places of the world. I have visited Berlin and do have a great experience and amusement there. Hope other readers would also enjoy Berlin. Kindly share your views.

    Ovais Mirza

    November 28, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Very interesting. I seek freedom as one of creative people, so this post is helpful, too.
    I know an entrepreneur guy who moved to Berlin.

    Talking about Tokyo as a local, yes, you’ll never get bored. It’s also true that Japanese people are a bit shy, but Tokyo is a massive mixture of traditional things to brand new things. Stimulating.

    Love creative cities!!

    Kozue, a travel blogger from Tokyo

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    November 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Nice place for vacations. thanks for sharing a nice information.

    November 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I agree with some of your choices, but are you limiting your choices to places you’ve been? Because you are sure missing a lot of amazing cities with heaps going on artistically as well as Entrepreneurially. Cities like Glasgow, Toronto, Montreal, Portland, Shanghai, Mumbai. The visual art, music, film, start ups and food scenes of all these cities are filled with movers and shakers, as well as far more affordable than more than half this list.

    Alissa L
    November 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    These are all incredible cities, I will never get over how peaceful and beautiful Amsterdam is.

    21 year old backpacker currently an expat in New Zealand

    November 28, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    San Francisco, CA or Portland, OR definitely deserve a place on this list for the states!

    nice roundup, can’t wait to get to Berlin 🙂


    November 28, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I’ve lived in New York and Austin and they were fascinating cities but I think I’m most drawn to London. I love the mix of cultures and history there.

    November 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I definitely want to see Stockholm 🙂
    XO Janina

    November 28, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Great list Amsterdam is one of my favorites it has something to offer for everyone.

    Donna Meyer
    November 28, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Nice list. I have lived in three of these cities and have spent considerable time in three others have to agree they were all super for creative people. More to add to my list now. I would add the city where I currently live: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It is a writers’ and artists’ haven with dozens of galleries, workshops, literary readings, film festivals, music festivals, live venues for classical, jazz, flamenco, alternative and rock music. It is really astonishing the number of artistic events it offers for such a small city, unlike almost anyplace in Mexico.

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    November 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Such great choices here – so happy to see my city of Melbourne on here too! There is so much creative energy in this city, definitely perfect for any creative people!

    Leah of The Mochilera Diaries
    November 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Ugh it’s depressing that I’ve only been to one of these cities! I’m thinking my first targets on this list are Amsterdam, Berlin and London!

    Clipping Path Outsource
    November 28, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Great post with nice information! Where are the others two?

    November 28, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Agree with every single city on your list!
    London is pretty much on the top for me 🙂

    xx Cheyenne

    November 28, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Uups sorry didnt want to comment twice but it never works when i try to comment your posts..

    November 28, 2014 at 6:58 am

    love this post and these cities! But why is it called ’12 cities..’ When in fact it’s only talking about 10?!

    November 28, 2014 at 6:56 am

    love this post and these cities! But why is it calles ’12 cities..’ And it’s only talking about 10?

    November 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Great post very interesting. I live in the UK and am dreaming of the day I become an expat in Australia! Also Barcelona is perfect for creative types.

    Georgia x