The world’s friendliest cities revealed 8



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Every year multiple lists of the world’s friendliest and most welcoming cities are compiled and revealed, helping holiday-makers plan their trips and giving a healthy ego boost to the winners.

This year a number of publications released their top picks so we’ve compared the lot and chosen our top five just for you.

5. Siem Reap, Cambodia

The stunning architecture at Siem Reap is a major drawcard for tourists.
The stunning architecture at Siem Reap is a major drawcard for tourists.

The city is buzzing with friendly faces, fragrant aromas, and stunning architecture. It was descried as “a low-key yet lovely place, full of pretty colonial buildings, charming cafés and restaurants, and tempting and surprisingly chic shops,” according to Anna Murphy who visited the city for Telegraph Travel last year.

4. Cork, Ireland

Cork is the perfect mix of old and new.
Cork is the perfect mix of old and new.

Ireland had a corker (no pun intended) of a year with a number of cities making the list. Cork was a real standout though and author Ciara Hegarty said the city has a “strong sense of tradition, alongside its flourishing cultural scene” and said “it is easy to see why many locals refer to it as ‘the real capital of Ireland’.”

3. Queenstown, New Zealand

If you're looking for a picture-perfect moment, Queenstown has you covered.
If you’re looking for a picture-perfect moment, Queenstown has you covered.

Famed for its stunning landscape and beautiful mountains, Queenstown is great for those who love adventure and thrills. Pack your winter woolies as it can get quite cold in the cooler seasons (and the warmer seasons too!). If you’re in the mood for a glass or two, the region is home to some of NZ’s top wineries so you’ll be able to sit back with a drink and enjoy all the glorious city has to offer.

2. Charleston, US

There's plenty of southern charm to go around here.
There’s plenty of southern charm to go around here.

The second friendliest city, according to Travel+Leisure magazine, is Charleston in South Carolina. It has been described as “quintessential Old South… one of the most beautiful and historic places in the United States… a heady mix of Gothic southern charm and antebellum style, offering a wealth of history and beauty,” by the author Kathy Reichs. Locals are known for their classic southern charm and welcoming nature, making sure everyone who visits feels right at home.

1. Sydney, Australia

Magnificent Sydney Harbour.
Magnificent Sydney Harbour.

Ok, ok we might be biased with this one, but it did make the list at number one on Traveller’s esteemed ranking. Home to some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, Sydney is packed with history, culture, and friendly faces. Visitors often marvel at the laid-back attitude of the locals and are treated to some of the best tourist beaches in the world. Whether you’re into art, food, history, or sight-seeing, there’s something for everyone in this remarkable city.

Rounding out our top 10 is:

6. Edinburgh, Scotland

7. Dublin, Ireland

8. Reykjavik, Iceland

9. Vancouver, Canada

10. Copenhagen, Denmark

How many places on the list have you visited? What do you think is the friendliest city in the world?

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  1. I agree with Penang
    Melbourne is a much friendlier city than Melbourne.
    Munich Germany.

  2. I have visited Queenstown, New Zealand;Charleston, South Carolina; Vancouver, British Columbia and I live 3 hours north of Sydney. But by far the friendliest place I have ever visited was Vancouver, lovely, helpful people, stunning scenery.

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    • I loved Vancouver for the same reason. It reminded me of Melbourne. Friendly, accepting.

  3. Amsterdam is very friendly, always someone ready to talk and help you, but of course for every happy experience you are bound to hear from someone who had the opposite experience. We found Queenstown very ‘impatient’, they weren’t really interested in us ‘oldies’, but Melbourne was pretty friendly, as was Sydney. Manchester and Birmingham in the UK are friendly too. Camdodian people are wonderful and you get the impression it’s not just because they want your money, they seem genuine, unlike many Asian countries.

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    • We found Amsterdam mostly friendly, but in Vancouver, if you stopped for more than a few seconds, with a map in your hand, someone would come up and offer to help. One man even boarded the trolley bus with us to make sure we got off at the right stop! A wonderful place.
      We also love Melbourne. Comedy Festival is on at the moment, and the friendly atmosphere is wonderful.

  4. You’re joking! Queenstown! Sydney! hardly. Every been to Queenstown? Beautiful place, but it reminds me of Surfers. Sydney? It’s not Sydney that people overseas rave about as being friendly. Beautiful, yes, but friendly? No. Melbourne yes. Who compiled this I wonder?

  5. ‘Vancouver Canada… Would have to be top on my list .. Most beautiful country …people…facilities… & ” comfortable.” feels like home atmosphere lve experienced in guite an amount of travelling.

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