The world's friendliest cities – as voted by you

author photo
Lottie Gross

This month, we asked our followers on Facebook and Twitter to vote for the friendliest city they've visited. Here are the top 15 they chose.

15. Atlanta, Georgia, USA

First up is Atlanta, Georgia, with a population of more than 440,000 apparently lovely people.

14. Wellington, New Zealand

On Twitter, Ben Les Hoole was one of many who voted for Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Described as an "urban jewel" in The Rough Guide to New Zealand, it’s one of the few cities travellers make an effort to visit in the country – perhaps that has something to do with its rather friendly residents.

13. Vientiane, Laos

A quiet but beautiful capital city, situated on a wide bend in the Mekong River, Vientiane got votes on Facebook from readers including Tamara Bollen and Adam Mason.

12. Cape Town, South Africa

More than just penguins on a beach, Cape Town got our readers' vote as one of the friendliest cities in the world. It’s South Africa’s most visited city, and with Table Mountain as a stunning scenic backdrop, there’s little wonder why.

continued below

    11. Budapest, Hungary

    Budapest, Hungary's rather grand capital, sits on the banks of the Danube and has a number of thermal springs supplying baths across the city – perfect for a friendly, relaxing weekend away.

    10. Melbourne, Australia

    An unsurprising entry at number ten after being voted most liveable city in the world four times in a row: Melbourne, Australia was voted for by many as the friendliest city in the world.

    9. Manchester, England

    At number nine it’s Manchester, one of the highlights of the north of England. Once described as "the belly and guts of the nation" by George Orwell, our readers think it’s one of the friendliest cities in the world.

    8. Dubai, UAE

    This fast-growing city is the hub of the United Arab Emirates and got a vote from one of our Facebook followers because "everyone is polite and friendly".

    7. Copenhagen, Denmark

    A compact and easy to navigate city, Copenhagen makes number seven in the world’s friendliest cities vote thanks to a thumbs up from readers including Rob on Twitter, and Natalia Rangel on Facebook.

    6. Vancouver, Canada

    Canada makes an appearance at number six with the coastal city of Vancouver, in British Columbia. Twitter follower Sascha Neth said: "We hosted the friendliest winter Olympics!"

    5. Tokyo, Japan

    Tokyo was voted as the fifth friendliest city in the world. LukmanAul says on Twitter, "despite being very hectic, Tokyo is the friendliest city and is very safe." After getting lost at 3am, he said an office worker directed him back to his hotel using her smartphone, even though there was a language barrier.

    4. Liverpool, England

    Another northern English city, Liverpool was one of our top cities to visit 2014 and is also one of the friendliest in the world according to you.

    3. Montréal, Canada

    In third place is Montréal, Canada’s second largest city. On Twitter, Paul Chibeba said: "my #friendlycity pick is #Montréal: colourful, engaging and welcoming in French and English!".

    © Richard Cavalleri/Shutterstock

    2. Dublin, Ireland

    With a the bulk of votes on Facebook, Ireland’s capital Dublin makes second friendliest city in the world. Spend a weekend enjoying the Georgian townhouses, squares and historic churches among some of the friendliest people in the world.

    1. Glasgow, Scotland

    Our readers voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city. Check out our insider's guide for tips on what to see and do.

    © CappaPhoto/Shutterstock

    Planning on your own? Prepare for your trip

    Use Rough Guides' trusted partners for great rates

    Ready to discover
    tailor-made travel?
    Get support from our local experts for
    stress-free planning & worry-free travels