Among The World's Greatest Art Capitals
Dec 25, 2022 By Sean William

These towns worldwide are the perfect vacation spots for any art lover, whether they include beautiful public sculptures, prestigious museums, or a thriving street art culture. We go to places with thriving art communities, from established ones like Paris to emerging ones like Mexico City and Lagos.

Paris, France

Paris is a haven for art enthusiasts since it is home to more than a thousand galleries. Art is to be found at every turn in The City of Light, from the venerable museums like The Louvre and the seasoned contemporary gallerie Templon to the up-and-coming La Maison and the lively street art in Paris' neighbourhood.

New York City, USA

It would be a terrible mistake to neglect the other boroughs of New York City in favour of Manhattan, which is home to the Met, MoMA, and the Guggenheim Museum, as well as art gallery hotspots like Chelsea. Take advantage of Queens' Socrates Sculpture Garden and Queens Museum or Brooklyn's Bushwick area for street art and cutting-edge modern galleries displaying young artists.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo's art galleries are spread out around the vast city, whereas other cities may have more clearly delineated art areas, but it's worth it to make the trip. Roppongi is a beautiful location, as it is home to the Mori Art Museum, the National Art Center, and smaller places like Ota Fine Arts, whereas SCAI is located in Taito. The Bathhouse is often ranked among the city's top museums and galleries.

São Paulo, Brazil

While it may not have the same artistic renown as Paris or New York, So Paulo, Brazil's massive metropolis, is often regarded as the continent's cultural epicentre. In addition to the world-renowned So Paulo Biennial, the second-oldest art biennial in the world after Venice, the city of So Paulo is home to several museums and galleries showcasing modern and contemporary Brazilian art.

London, UK

It doesn't matter if you're more into classic, modern, contemporary, or something completely different; London has a gallery for you. You may see famous paintings like "Sunflowers" by Vincent van Gogh and "The Hay Wain" by John Constable in the National Gallery and works by Picasso, Hockney, and Warhol from around the world at the Tate Modern. For cutting-edge modern pieces, the often-controversial Saatchi Gallery is a must-see.

Mexico City, Mexico

While Sao Paulo is widely recognized as the region's cultural epicentre, other Latin American cities, such as Mexico City, are making names for themselves on the world art stage. The city has held its contemporary art festival, Material Art Fair, since 2014. El world de hoy y de mana, painted by Diego Rivera, is a must-see at the Palacio Nacional; Frida Kahlo's magnificent La Casa Azul also features her art.

Florence, Italy

There's no place like Florence to see Renaissance masterpieces. The iconic Galleria Degli Uffizi, which has paintings by Botticelli and Raphael, and the Galleria dell'Accademia, which houses Michelangelo's most famous works, are both must-sees for art lovers in Florence.

The Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, inaugurated in 2007 and termed the "anti-Uffizi" for its concentration on contemporary art in Florence, is a must-visit for lovers of modern and contemporary art who aren't satisfied by Renaissance masterpieces.

Lagos, Nigeria

The largest city in Nigeria, Lagos, has a growing cultural scene and is predicted to become one of the world's best places to experience the arts shortly. The city is home to the 2007-founded Centre for Contemporary Art and the African Artists' Foundation, the latter of which organizes the yearly LagosPhoto Festival and National Art Competition.


City-state Singapore is one of the world's major financial capitals but has a thriving arts community. The city is full of museums and galleries dedicated to the arts, such as the Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum, as well as the brand-new National Gallery Singapore, which houses the most extensive collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art in the world.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin has one of the most diverse art scenes in the world, with venerable museums like the Alte Nationalgalerie and Gemäldegalerie showcasing classic masterpieces from the 13th to the 19th centuries and the more contemporary Neue Nationalgalerie showcasing works from the 20th century. Check out Jonathan along the river in Friedrichshain, or visit the East Side Gallery, a 1.3-kilometer part of the Berlin Wall currently showing the works of over 100 international artists.