Describe A City You Would Recommend As A Nice Place To Live (Not Your Hometown)

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a city you would recommend as a nice place to live (not your hometown).

You should say:

What it is?
Where it is?
What you know about this place?
And explain why you recommend it as a nice place.

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer 1:

Well, India is diverse, and there are many places where one can live a luxurious life.

What it is?
Here, I would like to talk about a city which is a calm and peaceful place to live.

Where it is?
The name of the city is Shimla, located in Himachal Pradesh.

What you know about this place?
This city, known as the Queen of Hills as Shimla, is surrounded by majestic snow and capped Himalayan mountains and picturesque green valleys.

I vividly remember last year the director of our school organized a trip to Shimla for two days. My friends and I were super excited to go there. Because that place is like shoppers in a paradise as I have read in books.

When we reached there, I was over the moon because there was snow as I’m a chionophile and photogenic person. So, I clicked many snowfall photographs and uploaded them on social media.

Moreover, I saw in that city that the houses were made of stones and woods with slanting roofs.

And explain why you recommend it as a nice place.
We explored the whole area of the city, and seriously, that experience was fantabulous as the individuals of that area are known for their hospitality. Even the environment was quite serene, and it was a pollution-free area.

To be honest, if I get an opportunity to live there, surely I will never miss the boat.

Besides this, I would recommend this city to those who love a calm and peaceful environment.

Overall, this is the city that I would recommend as a peaceful place to live.

Model Answer 2:


  • India is a diverse country.
  • There are many beautiful cities in India.
  • Some are beautiful because of their historical buildings, whereas others are beautiful because of their modern architecture. Some cities are beautiful because they are in the mountain valleys, whereas some are beautiful, because of the beautiful and warm smiles of people.

What it is? and Where it is? and What you know about this place?

  • Here, I would like to talk about Chandigarh, which is also known as ‘The City Beautiful’.
  • It was designed by the French architect Le Corbusier.
  • It is the first planned city of India after independence.
  • Chandigarh is the cleanest and the happiest city of India according to two different surveys held in 2010 and 2015.
  • It is also the first smoke-free city in the country.
  • It is a union territory and is also the capital of two states – Punjab and Haryana.
  • The Rock Garden in Chandigarh is a masterpiece made out of waste material.
  • Sukhna lake is the biggest man-made lake. It is a beautiful place for people to enjoy with their families.
  • The sector 17 market is a shopper’s paradise.
  • The Rose Garden is Asia’s largest garden
  • The city has 50 sectors.
  • Each sector has residential and commercial zones
  • The roads are designed and oriented in such a way that for most of the time of the day, they are under shade.
  • There are huge parking areas in the commercial zones so that the parking problems don’t create havoc on the main roads.
  • The Parking lanes are as broad as the main roads.
  • Recently a dedicated cycle track has been laid down across all the main roads by the local authorities to encourage cycling amongst city residents and make the roads safer for them.
  • Chandigarh is also famous as the only city in the country where people definitely obey the traffic rules.
  • So, you see, while the city was planned in 1952, it is still the most well-planned and beautiful city of India.

And explain why you recommend it as a nice place.

  • I feel Chandigarh is the best city to live in India because the quality of life is very good here.
  • Unlike other cities, people do not have to deal with problems such as pollution, traffic jams, and unhygienic living conditions. Moreover, people in this city also have access to some of the best healthcare and educational facilities in the country.
  • Finally, I believe that the greatness of a city depends on its people, and Chandigarh is among the cities with the highest literacy levels. The people in Chandigarh are warm, friendly, and ready to help each other in difficult times.


  • The city has a lot to offer to people from all walks of life.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a city you would recommend as a nice place to live (not your hometown)”.

1. Where do people like to live in your country?
Majority of India’s population still continues to live in rural areas and small towns. However, this trend is changing and a lot of young people are now migrating to the big cities for better employment opportunities and to gain access to advanced infrastructure facilities like hospitals, universities, shopping malls, etc

2. Why do many people move to the city?
As I mentioned earlier people are moving to cities because they feel that they can get a better quality of life in the cities as they offer a better living standard. The luxurious lifestyle, modern amenities, and entertainment options in cities is what woos the youngsters towards them.

3. What are the advantages of living close to the workplace?
The biggest advantage of living close to the workplace is the reduced time and expenditure on commute. People get to spend more quality time with their family members and avoid the stress of being struck in long traffic jams. It is also good for the environment as people can walk or cycle to their workplace instead of commuting by cars.

4. What kinds of places do older people prefer to live in?
Most of the old folks prefer to live in societies that are serene and peaceful. They don’t prefer living in noisy areas as it disturbs their sleep a lot. Also, they prefer to buy a house near a park or garden so that they can easily go for morning or evening walks.


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