Sydney – world’s friendliest city

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Melbourne may be the world’s most liveable city, but it seems that readers of luxury magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, think Sydney is the friendliest city for visitors.

And in a further blow for Melbourne, which was voted number one last year, it failed to make it in to the top 10, whereas Sydney climbed from fifth to take out top spot.

The usual Sydney suspects featured as highlights for visitors, with tours of the harbour and the Harbour Bridge Climb both firm favourites.

What is perhaps surprising is that Dublin, which hangs its whole reputation on being friendly and welcoming, came in second.

The annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey received over 1 million votes from almost 77,000 entries.

Here are the top 10 friendliest, and perhaps more importantly, unfriendliest, cities.

Friendliest cities
1. Sydney, Australia
2. Dublin, Ireland
3. Queenstown, New Zealand
4. Kraków, Poland
5. Bruges, Belgium
6. Edinburgh, Scotland
7. Kyoto, Japan
8. Budapest, Hungary
9. Auckland, New Zealand
10. Reykjavik, Iceland


Unfriendliest cities
1. Caracas, Venezuela
2. Casablanca, Morocco
3. Guangzhou, China
4. Guatemala City, Guatemala
5. Nairobi, Kenya
6. New Delhi, India
7. Cairo, Egypt
8. Moscow, Russia
9. Jakarta, Indonesia
10. Cannes, France


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Written by Debbie McTaggart


Total Comments: 3
  1. 0

    I am surprised Berlin did not make the list, when I visited a few years ago, just fell in love with the City and its people (except for the smoking in Restaurants).
    It is amazing where they have come from, and built themselves up. One day would love to re-visit.

  2. 0

    I have been to 6 in the friendliest list, and pretty much agree that they have a place there. I found Edinburgh to be the friendliest, with Bruges a close second.

  3. 0

    Sydney? You have to be kidding!



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