Cities That Never Sleep

Times Square in New York City at night. Editorial credit: Stuart Monk /

New York City is often referred to as the "City That Never Sleeps" due to the fact that there is life around the city, no matter what hour. With late night clubs, all-night eateries, and constantly running public transportation there is much to do in New York City throughout the nighttime hours. But New York City isn't the only city that seemingly never sleeps. According to BBC Cairo, the capital of Egypt was ranked the most 24-hour city in 2011 of all the cities that never sleep, and it was closely followed by the cities of Montevideo in Uruguay and Beirut in Lebanon. Other cities that topped the list included Malaga, Zaragoza, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville in Spain, and Buenos Aires in Argentina. The city of London was ranked 17th while the city of Paris in France was ranked the 18th and a New York City was ranked the 32nd. It has been noted that there is no city that operates entirely 24 hours a day throughout the year. Despite the numerous advantages for the cities that operate 24 hours of generating more jobs among other benefits, there are other concerns such as noise pollution, traffic, and excessive alcohol consumption.

New York City

New York City has the highest population of any city in the US and as of 2018 had a population of 8.4 million people occupying an area of about 302.6 square miles making it one of the most densely populated cities in the country. New York City is considered a global power city, and it is the financial, cultural, and media capital of the world. It has had a huge impact on entertainment, research, commerce, education, technology, fashion, politics, art, and sports. The city has five boroughs, which include Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island which were all consolidated to create one city in 1898. New York City has always been officially known as the "City That Never Sleeps" because of the numerous establishments within the city which operate throughout the night. For instance, the New York subway system is never closed, and there are numerous restaurants and buses which remain open through the night until dawn. The Staten Island Ferry is operational day and night for the whole week and there are boats leaving after every 15 or at the intervals of 20 minutes particularly at peak hours and about every half-hour at off-peak hours. Although New York City has a vibrant nightlife, there are places to be avoided. For instance, although Times Square may be famous and it is considered an iconic place, it is also a tourist trap point.

Las Vegas

The city of Las Vegas ranks as the 28th most populous city in the US and the most populous in the state of Nevada. The city is the seat of the county government of Clark County, and it is the leading commercial, financial, and cultural center of Nevada. Las Vegas is another US city that never sleeps, and it is known globally as a major resort city famous for its gambling. Nightlife in Las Vegas is vibrant with fine dining and shopping outlets. The city is famous globally as the entertainment capital of the world; known for its mega-casino hotels. Currently, the city of Las Vegas is ranked as one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, and it is the ultimate 24/7 city.

Buenos Aires

The Argentinean city of Buenos Aires is the largest city in the country and the capital city found in the Western region of the country, on the estuary of Rio de la Plata. The amendment of the Constitution of Argentina in 1994 granted the city of Buenos Aires autonomy and it is now referred to as the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. In 1996, the city of Buenos Aires elected their first chief of government which is equivalent to a mayor; initially, the president of Argentina appointed the mayor of the city. The whole country of Argentina could be referred to as a country that never sleeps, and the city of Buenos Aires is perpetually alive with the excitement both at night and during the day. Buenos Aires is abuzz with live music, dances, and numerous bars and restaurants in the city serving delicious food and drinks such as wine. One of the most popular 24-hour mega clubs is Crobar. Other famous clubs in the city of Buenos Aires include El Viejo and Almacen where tango dancers entertain guests throughout the tonight.

São Paulo

Sao Paulo is a famous Brazilian city which is the most populous city in Southern and Western hemispheres, besides being the largest and the capital of the state of Sao Paulo; the wealthiest state in Brazil. The city also holds the record as the largest city in the world that speaks the Portuguese language, and it is ranked as the world’s 11th largest city regarding population. The city has had a major influence on international finance, commerce, entertainment, and arts. The name is derived from the name of the apostle Paul of Tarsus. The current population of Sao Paulo is more than 30 million people making it one of the world’s megalopolis. The city of Sao Paulo never sleeps, and it is often known as the dancing city because of the live music found across the city. There are numerous opera houses in the city of Sao Paulo such as the Theatro Sao Pedro, Sao Paulo municipal Theatre, and Alpha theatre which features symphony concerts. There are also several music halls across the city including HSBC music hall, Citibank Hall, Via Funchal, Olympia, Arena Anhembi, Espaco das Américas, and Villa Country. Every year there is a free music festival in Sao Paulo which is known as the cultural overnight or Virada Cultural Paulistana, which has been referred to as the world's largest 24-hour Festival.

Other Cities That Never Sleep

The Egyptian capital of Cairo is among the cities that never sleep, and one of the unique characteristics of Cairo’s nightlife is the absence of alcohol which is synonymous with nightlife in other major cities. The night revelers typically consume Arabic coffee and other soft drinks. There is also Cairo jazz club where jazz and blues lovers attend for entertainment. The Japanese city of Tokyo is another major city that bustles with life throughout the night. The city of Hong Kong is similarly another major city in Asia that never sleeps and the Wan Chai District has numerous restaurants that serve different cuisines throughout the night.


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