Travelers Have Spoken! Here’s The List Of The World’s Friendliest And Unfriendliest Cities
Travelers weigh in on their favorite cities around the globe and take cues on everything from their value to the friendliness of their people: some places’ charm won over readers, and other cities failed to warm tourists’ hearts.
World’s Friendliest Cities
7 Savannah, Georgia
Savannah has long charmed locals and with its antebellum architecture, romantic boughs of Spanish moss, and good-natured residents.
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6 Edinburgh, Scotland – UK
“People really went out of their way to help us, direct us, and serve us,” recalled recent visitors.
Readers referred to this city of medieval lanes and intimate squares, of fairytale stone castles and Georgian storefronts, as “enchanting” and “magical:” an “unexpected jewel” worth revisiting time and time again.
There were “wonderful pubs filled with laughter,” and “local musicians playing and everyone smiling and singing along.” “What a hoot!” “Visiting Edinburgh Castle with a private guide was terrific. We learned all about the salacious side of Scottish history,” plus, “seeing the city lit up by fireworks on New Year’s Eve was an extraordinary treat” surrounded by “cheerful and lovely crowds.” Beware though: The only chill comes from the weather. “Always pack a warm coat,” even in August, said one reader.
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5 Sydney, Australia
With its harbour views and iconic beaches Sydney has been named as the world’s friendliest city for tourists for 2015.
‘Such friendly people… so much so that after we met an Australian woman on our flight there, she offered to pick us up at our hotel and spent a whole day showing us her favourite parts of the city,’ one visitor said.
Tours of Sydney Harbour topped the list of things to do in Sydney, including boat tours and climbing the iconic bridge.
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4 Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne has been voted the friendliest city in the world by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, achieving a top score of 86 points (on par with Auckland).
The city’s sophistication, parks and public art were all cited as contributing factors, along with the friendly nature and sense of humor of the locals.
“Melbourne natives haven’t met a stranger,” said one reader. Part of what makes this Australian city so pleasant is the approachable public transportation system, such as the free City Circle tram. Walkability and outdoor shopping centers make it easy to initiate conversation and enjoy the spectacular weather
Melbourne’s vibrant nightlife, dining and fashion scene, hospitality and hotels also helped it secure first place.
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3 Auckland, New Zealand
“The people are friendly, and their humour and view on life is something to aspire to attain,” one reader said.
The “clean, youthful, adventurous, beautiful” city was the ideal starting place for seeing the country, another Auckland fan said.
New Zealand’s largest city has all the comfort of a small town with the attractions of a major metropolis. Travels consistently remark on the city’s clean, safe streets and cheerful residents. Check out the Victorian-style houses in Ponsonby, and the white-sand beaches of Takapuna.
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2 Siem Reap, Cambodia
Great place where you can mingle with very kind locals, expats and tourists. Very affordable and tasty cuisine.
Adventurous travelers may flock here for Khmer ruins and mountainous jungle terrain, but they stay for the inherent peace and tranquility, found in the Buddhist temples such as Angkor Wat and practiced by the Cambodian citizens. “Kind, calm, and helpful,” said one reader about their encounter with the locals. Don’t bypass Ta Prohm, a ruin brought to life by the strangler figs and silk roots trees growing throughout.
Friendly place in this restaurant close to Pub Street. We went two times and the french meals and the welcome by the french owner were perfect. Good ambiance with the regular customers of this restaurant – cited by one of the happy Siem Reap visitor.
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1 Dublin, Ireland
“With world-class events like the upcoming Dublin Theatre Festival and Bram Stoker Festival, as well as the city’s rich heritage and culture, wonderful food and accommodation choices, Dublin is set to welcome many more overseas visitors this year, coming to experience all that this great city has to offer.”
The people of Dublin’s confident, cosmopolitan, and gregarious nature is best experienced at the din the new Hipster Triangle, where creative locals indulge in “only-in-Ireland” ice cream flavors at Murphy’s (think toasted Irish oats and brown bread made with milk from Kerry cows) and dig in to Jo’Burger. Here, picnic tables fill up during lunch hour with jars of house-made, grown-up lemonade and Charolais burgers.
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