If you’ve played Pokémon Go in both big cities and more suburban or rural areas, you know how much easier it is to play in the city. While smaller areas can be great for overtaking gyms, Pokéstops, gyms, and even Pokémon are much more spread out. It can take a lot longer to get supplies and to level up. If you’re looking to play the game quickly, being in a city definitely offers an advantage. While most cities have areas where it’s great to play, there are some that are especially good for Pokémon Go players to explore.
We’ve put together a list of ten of the best cities, including some worldwide locations, for Pokémon Go players to catch ‘em all.
10 SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco might be more spread out in some areas, but it’s overall a great place to catch Pokémon. The iconic Pier 39 area is full of Pokéstops, making it an ideal place to gather supplies. Plus, since it’s right on the water, you’ll likely catch some somewhat rare water types as you go. Other places in the city are also full of Pokémon and stops, so it’s an ideal place to explore the beautiful water and unique city while still playing the game.
Anaheim is on this list for one reason alone, and you’ve probably already guessed it. Disneyland is an amazing place to catch Pokémon. With so many Pokéstops in the park and so many people playing the game, it’s easy to catch Pokémon. With so many people packed into one area, there are always lures around.
Plus, the Sleeping Beauty Castle is a top-tier gym making it a perfect place to battle if you’ve got strong enough Pokémon.
There are many amazing places to watch Pokémon that aren’t in the United States. In fact, traveling somewhere outside of your own country is great as you might get lucky enough to catch some of the other regional Pokémon. One particularly great place to play and explore in Sydney is Circular Quay. This is a waterfront area that is also great for catching water types. There is also a gym at the beautiful and iconic Opera House, and who wouldn’t want to say they’ve taken over a gym at a place like that?
London is another large city filled with amazing landmarks that also happen to be gyms and stops. Big Ben itself is another gym, so, if you’re a serious player, you’ll definitely want to get one of your pokémons in there at least once.
Since London has many historic buildings and places, there are so many Pokémonstops around. If you’re in the heart of the city, you’re definitely going to be able to stock up on all the supplies you need. Plus, you can find some new sites and historical landmarks as you walk along and play.
If you’ve never been to Chicago, it’s another great place to go to play Pokémon Go and also visit some of the most well-known places in the city. One of the best places to play is actually at Chicago’s Millennium Park. So, you can catch Pokémon while also getting a picture with The Bean. Willis Tower and Navy Pier are also said to have rare Pokémon at times. Most of the well-known places in the city will have stops, gyms, and lures, too.
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete at all without including Tokyo. This city is a great place for catching Pokémon. In fact, there are so many places to play here it can almost get overwhelming.
This means, however, that most of the main places in the city will offer lots of gyms, Pokéstops, and more. Just a few of the places that are great for exploring include Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace, and Shibuya.
Orlando, Florida is another ideal place to go Poké hunting because of all of the theme parks. Disney World is an especially awesome place to play the game as there are many Pokémon in the area. There are tons of Pokéstops in Downtown Disney, and it’s always a fun time to catch some new creatures for your Pokédex while waiting in line for a ride. You’ll also find many shops and places to play at Universal Studios.
3 AL SILA
While this area might not be as packed with stops and lures as some of the others on this list, this is the ideal place to play if you’re all about catching regional Pokémon. Of course, most people will never get the chance to travel to other countries just to catch Pokémon, but if you are in this area, you could get lucky.
The reason this city makes the list is that some trainers have said there is a spot in Al Sila that is on a major border between east/west in the game. Players that have gone there have been able to get regional Pokémon from both places here.
2 LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles is another major United States city that offers so many places to play. It’s well-known that Santa Monica Pier is a great place to catch Pokémon. There are often rare Pokémon here including Dratini, Gloom, Squirtle, and Slowpoke. This is the perfect place to catch Pokémon you might not normally get to. You can also catch a lot of water types here including Magikarp and Goldeen. Plus, other places in the area including Beverly Hills area is a great place to go hunting.
1 NEW YORK CITY
New York City is one of the best places to play Pokémon Go for a few reasons. First of all, whether you live here or are visiting, this is a city where you walk and use public transit a lot. So, it’s easy to catch Pokémon as you go and to hatch eggs, too. Plus, there are literally Pokéstops on nearly every corner in Manhattan making it easy to gather supplies. There are a lot of iconic gyms including one at the Empire State Building. And, on top of all that, places like Central Park are packed full of Pokémon.