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.
11. Budapest, Hungary
10. Melbourne, Australia
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
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
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!”.
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.