World's most expensive cities

$9 for a loaf of bread in Tokyo? $2,100 for a dinner bill in Paris? To see which cities are the most expensive for employees and travelers, the Economist looked at the prices -- in U.S. dollars -- of everyday items in cities worldwide.

2. Osaka, Japan

most expensive cities osaka japan

Asian cities like Osaka have seen their cost of living climb in recent years, so much that they now represent 11 of the world's 20 most expensive cities, and three of the top ten. A decade ago Asian cities accounted for just six of the top 20.

Loaf of bread: $7.94

Bottle of table wine: $17.55

Liter of unleaded gas: $1.96

High-end 3-course dinner for four, with wine: $915.32

Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2013 Worldwide Cost of Living Index. Conducted twice yearly, the survey compares in U.S. dollars the average prices of 160 everyday goods and services, including food, drink, rent, clothing, household supplies and transportation. More than 50,000 individual prices were collected to create average prices for goods and services in 131 cities.
  @melhicken - Last updated February 06 2013 06:07 AM ET

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