For the month of February, Rough guide had their readers pick a city based on how friendly they found it when they visited. Was there an outgoing local who went out of their way to have directions for you? Was navigation of the city straightforward? They felt amazing because of the people around them? The eye-opening response was particularly surprising to us! Below are the 10 cities voted as the friendliest places on Earth.
10. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is a blend of bustling laneways, world-class restaurants and captivating museums. The locals love their coffee, and serve it up in abundance at cosy cafes. There's always a sense of excitement here – whether its in the city's fascinating flavours or fierce sporting rivalries. Attend a sports event, drink a cocktail on a rooftop and uncover the stories hidden within Melbourne's art-filled alleyways.
9. Manchester, England
Manchester, city and metropolitan borough in the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester urban county, northwestern England. Most of the city, including the historic core, is in the historic county of Lancashire, but it includes an area south of the River Mersey in the historic county of Cheshire. Manchester is the nucleus of the largest metropolitan area in the north of England, and it remains an important regional city, but it has lost the extraordinary vitality and unique influence that put it at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution.
8. Dubai, UAE
Dubai is a city of skyscrapers, ports, and beaches, where big business takes place alongside sun-seeking tourism. Because of its large expatriate population, it feels like a Middle Eastern melting pot, and the atmosphere is generally tolerant. Religious affiliations are not a prominent aspect of city life. Islam is the majority religion, but churches and Hindu temples coexist with Dubai’s mosques.
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is the epitome of Scandi cool. Modernist lamps light New Nordic tables, bridges buzz with cycling commuters and eye-candy locals dive into pristine waterways.
6. Vancouver, Canada
One of the most famous things about Vancouver is its physical beauty. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and deep blue sea, Vancouver is gorgeous; when the sun is shining, it's truly a sight to behold. Its beauty is so famous, Vancouver has made multiple lists of "Most Beautiful Cities in the World," including Forbes' list and Buzzfeed's.
If you're visiting Vancouver, you can enjoy the scenery on a boat tour or sightseeing cruise, from one of Vancouver's best viewpoints, or while you dine at one of Vancouver's restaurants with a view.
5. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō) is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo.
4. Liverpool, England
Liverpool, city and seaport, northwestern England, forming the nucleus of the metropolitan county of Merseyside in the historic county of Lancashire. The city proper, which is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, forms an irregular crescent along the north shore of the Mersey estuary a few miles from the Irish Sea. The docklands and several areas of the historic centre of the city collectively were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004.
3. Montréal, Canada 🥉
MONTREAL — Less than three miles from the St. Lawrence River, a small wooded mountain stands just 764 feet above sea level but still lays down the law from high above the surrounding metropolis.
This is Mount Royal, a landmark that gave this city its name, according to local legend — "Mont-real." It also has been such an important part of the landscape that local regulations have forbidden any nearby buildings from rising above its highest point.
Compared to Toronto, New York or even Cleveland, Montreal’s skyline scales short in stature as a result. But Montreal’s depth — not height — is what really makes it stand out, especially for American.
2. Dublin, Ireland 🥈
Dublin brings to mind literary giants, Georgian architecture, and Guinness galore. Nights here are alive with pub crawls and spirited music. But the days are also full of revelry, with enchanting architecture, tucked-away bookstores, and singular museums like the Chester Beatty. Green spaces abound, such as the St Stephens Green or Iveagh Gardens. And no trip is complete without a tour of a local distillery, where you can sample local spirits like Jameson or Teeling.
1. Glasgow, Scotland 🥇
Well ladies & gentlemen, Glasgow is the official friendliest city in the World. From dawn to dusk and into the night, there are a huge range of things to do in Glasgow during every hour of your trip. Glasgow is home to some of Scotland's best cultural attractions and best of all, most of them are completely free!
You could easily fill your time exploring the different neighbourhoods, and enjoying the amazing shopping, dining and attractions in Glasgow. Maybe you'll see the best of Glasgow's architecture on a city walking tour, or taste your way around the city on a foodie excursion?
When it comes to entertainment, events and great days out in Glasgow, you don't have to look far - over a hundred Glasgow gigs take place every week, and you can also find tickets for theatre, performing arts and sporting tournaments. Like your events cool, quirky and off-beat? Then keep your eye out for vibrant festivals, special pop up Glasgow events.
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