I like nicknames. They define us better than our names, they are clever and funny, and they tell so much about our personality. The same goes for cities. Whether inspired by their history, architecture, local culture, or physical attributes, these descriptive appellations manage to capture the essence of the place they describe.

Cities Nicknames

From La Serenissima to the City of Brotherly Love, here’s a list of famous (and sometimes controversial) city nicknames from around the world.

1. Paris – The City of Love, The City of Light, La Ville-Lumiere

2. Prague – The City of Hundred Spires, The Golden City, The Mother of Cities

3. New York – The Big Apple

4. Las Vegas – Sin City

5. Chicago – The Windy City

6. Vancouver – Raincity, The Big Smoke

7. Montreal – La Belle Ville, Frenchtown, The City-Mountain

8. Los Angeles – The City of Angels

9. New Orleans – The Big Easy

10. Philadelphia – City of Brotherly Love, Philly

11. Amsterdam – Venice of the North, Mokum

12. Venice – La Serenissima, Bride of the Sea

13. Vienna – The Imperial City, The City of Dreams, The City of Music

14. London – The Square Mile, The Old Smoke, The Smoke, The Big Smoke

15. Detroit – Motor City

16. Miami – The Magic City, Little Cuba

17. Memphis – Bluff City

18. Petra – The Rose Red City

19. Pittsburgh – Steel City, Iron City

20. Rome – The Eternal City, City of the Seven Hills

21. Seattle – The Emerald City

22. Bucharest – Little Paris

23. Florence – The City of Lilies

24. Barcelona – The City of Counts, The City of Gaudi

25. Budapest – Pearl of the Danube

26. Toronto – Queen City, The Big Muddy York, Hogtown

27. Dublin – The Fair City

28. Jerusalem – The Holy City

29. Boston – The Hub, Beantown

30. San Francisco – Frisco, The City by the Bay, The Golden City, San Fran

31. Moscow – The Whitestone, The Forty Forties, Third Rome

32. Edinburgh – Auld Reekie

33. Geneva – The Peace Capital

34. Rio de Janeiro – Marvelous City

35. Salzburg – White City

36. Mumbai – The City of Dreams

37. Singapore – The Lion City

38. Naples – City of the Sun

39. Bologna – Red City; La Dotta, La Rossa, La Grassa (the educated, the red, the fat)

40. Turin – City of Four Rivers

41. Genoa – La Superba (The Superb, The Proud One)

42. Palermo – The Happy

43. Milan – Fashion Capital of the World, The Drinkable City

44. Cairo – Paris of the Nile

45. Buenos Aires – Paris of the Americas, Queen of the Plata

46. Ushuaia – The End of the World

47. Melbourne – City by the Bay, Bleak City, Europe of Australia

48. Sydney – The Harbour City

49. Johannesburg – Egoli or City of Gold, Jozi, Joburg

50. Sao Paulo – Brazil’s Locomotive, Land of Drizzle, Sampa

51. Dubrovnik – The Pearl of the Adriatic

52. Helsinki – The White City of the North

53. Bordeaux – City of Wine

54. Nice – Angels City

55. Berlin – The Grey City

56. Jaipur – The Pink City

57. Oslo – Tiger Town

58. Warsaw – Default City, Big Village in the Middle of Nowhere

59. St Petersburg – The Mind of Russia

60. Madrid – El Foro, The Forum

61. Athens – The City of Violet Crown

62. Dallas – Big D

63. Hong Kong – Pearl of the Orient

64. Munich – Toytown, Millionendorf (village of a million people), World City with Heart

65. Birmingham – The City of a Thousand Trades, Brum

66. Lisbon – City with a Future, City of Seven Hills, The White City

67. The Hague – City of Peace and Justice

68. Kolkata – City of Palaces, City of Love, City of Joy

69. Beijing – The Forbidden City

70. Adelaide – City of Churches

71. Zagreb – Little Vienna

72. Bruges – Venice of the North

73. Marseille – Phocean City

74. Tel Aviv – The City that Never Stops, The Big Orange, The Bubble

75. Bolzano – The Door to the Dolomites, The German One

76. Sanremo – The City of Dreams

77. Tivoli – City of Delights

78. Vicenza – City of Gold

79. Kuala Lumpur – Golden Triangle

80. Cuernavaca – The City of Eternal Spring

81. Tijuana – Television Capital of the World

82. Rotterdam – Manhattan upon Meuse

83. Lima – City of the Kings

84. Manila – City by the Bay

85. Porto – The Invincible City

86. Cadiz – The Little Silver Cup

87. Bilbao – El Bocho

88. Zurich – Little Big City

89. Kyiv – The Mother of Rus’ Cities

90. Honolulu – Sheltered Bay

91. Macau – Oyster City

92. Wroclaw – City of Hundred Bridges

93. Beirut – Paris of the Middle East

94. Udine – Capital of the Great War

95. Ancona – Doric City

96. Tehran – The City of 72 Nations

97. Bengaluru – The City of Gardens

98. Leipzig – Bimbo Town

99. Split – The Diocletian’s City

100. Grenoble – Capital of the Alps

Any other city nicknames you would like to share with us?

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Written by Meeroona

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