Do you know the nicknames of these 100 cities?

Surnoms des villes

Paris, New York, London… What are the nicknames of the world’s most famous cities? You’re sure to know a few!

At Generation Voyage, we love nicknames. In the case of people, nicknames define us better than our first and last names, they’re clever and funny, and they tell us so much about our personalities and, sometimes, our physical appearance (unfortunately).

Nicknames are part of our daily lives in many ways. We give nicknames to people, animals and objects alike, because nicknames generally reflect their true qualities and characteristics. Many of the world’s most famous cities are no exception to the nickname rule. You’re probably familiar with some of the most famous cities, but there’s a lot more to know.

On the Internet, you can find quite a few lists with nicknames given to cities, but here’s a pretty comprehensive one with the most important cities in the world!

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Town nicknames

1. Paris nickname – City of Light, City of Love, City of a hundred villages

2. Prague’s nickname – The City of a Hundred Spires, The Golden City, The Mother of Cities

3. New York’s nickname – Big Apple

4. Las Vegas nickname – Sin City

5. Chicago’s nickname – The Windy City

6. Vancouver nickname – Hollywood North, The Big Smoke

7. Montreal’s nickname – The City of a Hundred Spires, The Amsterdam of North America

8. Los Angeles nickname – City of Angels

9. New Orleans nickname – The Big Easy

10. Philadelphia nickname – The City of Brotherly Love, Philly

11. Amsterdam’s nickname – Venice of the North

12. Venice nickname – Serenissima, City of the Doges, City of lovers

13. Vienna’s nickname – The Imperial, The capital of music

14. London nickname – Old Smoke, The World City, The English melting pot

15. Detroit’s nickname – Motor City

16. Miami’s nickname – Magic City, Gateway to the Americas

17. Memphis nickname – The Bluff City, The River City

18. Petra’s nickname – The city of pink sandstone

19. Pittsburgh’s nickname – The Steel City

20. Rome’s nickname – The eternal city, The city of seven hills, The holy city

21. Seattle’s nickname – The Emerald City

22. Bucharest’s nickname – The Little Paris of the Balkans

23. Florence’s nickname – City of the Lily, Capital of the Arts

24. Barcelona’s nickname – La cité comtale, Gaudi’s city

25. Budapest’s nickname – The Pearl of the Danube

26. Toronto nickname – La ville reine, Toronto la sage, Hogtown (because of its slaughterhouse, hog)

27. Dublin’s nickname – The city of a thousand and one colourful doors, The beautiful city

28. Jerusalem’s nickname – The Holy City, The City of Copper and Gold

29. Boston’s nickname – The Hub, Beantown, The Walking City

30. San Francisco nickname – The City by the Bay, Fog City, Frisco

31. Moscow’s nickname – The Third Rome

32. Edinburgh – Auld Reekie, The Athens of the North

33. Geneva’s nickname – The capital of peace, The smallest of the great capitals, Protestant Rome

34. Rio de Janeiro nickname – The wonderful city (A cidade maravilhosa)

35. Salzburg’s nickname – German Rome

36. Bombay’s nickname – The Maximum City, The City of Dreams

37. Singapore’s nickname – The Lion City, The Garden City

38. Naples’ nickname – The Parthenopean city, The city of the sun

39. Bologna’s nickname – La Dotta, La Rossa, La Grassa (The red, the learned and the fat); The capital of the Tortellini, The city of two Towers

40. Turin’s nickname – The City of Four Rivers, The Capital of the Automobile

41. Genoa’s nickname – La Superbe, L’Orgueilleuse

42. Palermo’s nickname – L’Heureuse

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

44. Nickname for Cairo – The Paris of the Nile, City of a thousand minarets

45. Nickname for Buenos Aires – The Paris of South America, Queen of the River Plate

46. Ushuaia’s nickname – El Fin del Mundo (The End of the World)

47. Melbourne’s nickname – Paris des antipodes, Marvellous Melbourne

48. Sydney’s nickname – The Harbour City

50. São Paulo’s nickname – The concrete jungle, The city of drizzle, Brazil’s locomotive

51. Dubrovnik’s nickname – The Pearl of the Adriatic

52. Helsinki’s nickname – The White City of the North

53. Bordeaux’s nickname – The world’s wine capital

54. Nice’s nickname – Nissa la bella, City of Angels

55. Berlin’s nickname – The Grey City, The City of Bears

56. Jaipur’s nickname – The Pink City

57. Nickname for Oslo – City of the Tiger

58. Warsaw’s nickname – Oriental Paris, The Phoenix City

59. Saint Petersburg’s nickname – The Venice of the North

60. Madrid’s nickname – El Foro, (The Forum), The Royal City

61. Nickname for Athens – The City of the Purple Crown, The Cradle of Western Civilization, The City of Athena

62. Dallas nickname – Big D

63. Hong Kong’s nickname – The Pearl of the Orient

64. Munich’s nickname – The city with a big heart, Germany’s secret capital

65. Birmingham’s nickname – The workshop of the world, the city of a thousand trades, The second city

66. Lisbon’s nicknames – The White City, The Big Lettuce, The City of Ulysses, The Queen of the Tagus, The City of a Thousand Colors

67. Nickname for The Hague – The city of peace and justice

68. Calcutta’s nickname – The city of palaces, The city of love, The city of joy

69. Beijing’s nickname – The City of Eternal Spring, The Forbidden City

70. Adelaide nickname – City of churches

71. Zagreb’s nickname – Little Vienna

72. Bruges’ nickname – The Venice of the North

73. Marseille’s nickname – La cité Phocéenne

74. Tel Aviv’s nickname – The City Without a Break

75. Bolzano’s nickname – The gateway to the Dolomites, The Germanic, The capital of the Alps

76. Sanremo nickname – City of flowers, City of dreams

77. Tivoli’s nickname – City of delights

78. Vicenza’s nickname – The City of Gold

79. Kuala Lumpur’s nickname – The Golden Triangle

80. Montpellier’s nickname – La surdouée

81. Tijuana’s nickname – Television Capital of the World

82. Rotterdam’s nickname – Manhattan on the Meuse

83. Lima’s nickname – The city of kings (« La Ciudad de los Reyes »)

84. Manila’s nickname – City by the Bay, The Pearl of the Orient

85. Porto’s nickname – The unbeaten

86. Cadiz nickname – The little silver cup

87. Bilbao’s nickname – « El Botxo » (the hollow)

88. Zurich’s nickname – The Economic Capital

89. Kiev’s nickname – The mother of all Russian cities

90. Honolulu nickname – Sheltered Bay

91. Macau’s nickname – Queen of the games, Hell of the game

92. Wrocław’s nickname – Polish Venice

93. Beirut’s nickname – Paris de l’Orient, La ville qui refuse de disparaître, La ville qui ne meurt pas

94. Lyon’s nickname – La capitale des Gaules, La capitale mondiale de la gastronomie, La cité des gones

95. Nickname for Avignon – City of the Popes

96. Tehran’s nickname – The city of 72 nations

97. Toulouse nickname – La ville rose, City of violets

98. Leipzig’s nickname – Petit Berlin, Hypezig, Petit Paris

99. Nantes – La cité des ducs, The Venice of the West

100. Grenoble’s nickname – The Capital of the Alps

101. Belgrade’s nickname – The Berlin of the Balkans

102. Brussels’ nickname – Europe’s Washington

103. Marrakech’s nickname – The Red City

Do you know the nicknames of other towns? Write them down in the comments below!