Curious about where to find the friendliest cities? Every year, Travel + Leisure, a popular New York City-based travel magazine with almost 5 million readers, asks its readers to weigh in on their favorite cities around the globe in the annual World’s Best Awards Survey. Friendliness of locals is without doubt one of the most important factors that make traveling comfortable and enjoyable for travelers. To find out where these cities are according to Travel + Leisure readers, check out this post with 25 Most Friendliest Cities In The World. From Minneapolis and Bangkok to Melbourne and Dublin, hospitality and helpfulness reign at all of these 25 cities.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
The largest city of the US state Minnesota, Minneapolis has a reputation of being welcoming and open to locals and visitors alike. The city boasts numerous tourist attractions, many of which are free.
The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen might be one of the most expensive cities in Europe, but what it lacks in affordability, it greatly makes up for in astonishing architecture, award-winning restaurants and friendliness and hospitality of locals.
Located at a stunning elevation of around 3,400 m (11,200 ft), Cuzco serves as a gateway to Peru’s most famous landmark, Machu Picchu, but locals are very friendly and respectful to the 2 million visitors they receive every year.
Portland, Maine, US
Home to just about 67,000 people, Portland is known for delicious lobster rolls and friendly locals. Despite its small size, the city has a lot to offer – from interesting museums located on Congress Street to beautiful beaches and islets.
Fort Worth, Texas, US
Nicknamed “The Cowtown,” Fort Worth is the fifth largest city in Texas, but it is way more laid-back than neighboring Dallas. Friendly locals love hanging out at the Old Fort Worth Stockyards and enjoying the city’s much-loved barbecue.
With a population of over 8 million, Bangkok is one of the largest, busiest, and most visited cities on the list, but locals seem to value their visitors. The city is renowned for its cultural heritage, stunning architecture, delicious cuisine, and busy nightlife.
Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast, Victoria is a beautiful historical city known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, picturesque landscape and shoreline, and magnificent gardens and parks.
Despite the notoriously cold weather, the capital of Iceland is acclaimed for very kind and helpful locals who always try to make their visitors feel like home. One of the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world, Reykjavik is a great place to visit.
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Aptly nicknamed “The Big Easy,” New Orleans is home to some 350,000 residents, a vast majority of whom are very laid-back and friendly people who enjoy parties, jazz festivals, and local renowned cuisine.
Often cited as one of Europe’s most unique and beautiful cities, Krakow boasts an extensive cultural heritage and numerous tourist sites. Packed with breathtaking architecture, the city is also known for its friendly atmosphere and hospitable locals.
Asheville, North Carolina, US
One of the greenest and most eco-friendly cities in the US, Asheville has a positive vibe and energy that – according to some Travel + Leisure readers – make you feel young even if you are not.
Nashville, Tennessee, US
The capital of the US state Tennessee, Nashville is known for live country music performances, delicious food (particularly hot chicken and barbecue), and very friendly and accommodating locals who welcome every visitor.
Home to about 1.5 million people and some 2,000 astonishing temples and shrines, Kyoto is one of the most beautiful and charming cities in Japan. It is a way more laid-back and friendly than Tokyo, which many travelers find too crowded and fast-paced.
Austin, Texas, US
Nicknamed “The Live Music Capital of the World,” the Texas capital has a reputation for being talkative, laid-back, and attractive. Join the friendly locals around the Lady Bird Lake or Barton Springs, or strike up a conversation over a brisket at Franklin’s Barbecue.
Cape Town, South Africa
One of the most multicultural cities in the world, Cape Town is known for its positive vibes and relaxed atmosphere. Warm climate, friendly locals, and abundant impressive tourist sites makes Cape Town the most popular international tourist destination in all Africa.
Savannah, Georgia, US
The oldest city in the US state Georgia, Savannah attracts millions of visitors annually to its picturesque cobblestone streets, parks, and notable historic buildings. Local people are very laid-back, kind, and welcoming.
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
The UK’s second most popular tourist destination after London, Edinburgh is an enchanting city packed with stunning architectural jewels. Travel + Leisure travelers also appreciate a friendly local atmosphere and rank Edinburgh the ninth friendliest city in the world.
The positive vibe of this pulsing Australian metropolis is enhanced by the natural beauty of the harbor and the diverse cultural offerings. Residents of the city, known as the Sydneysiders, are always kind and helpful.
Melbourne rates highly in numerous fields such as education, entertainment, healthcare, tourism, sport etc., which makes it one of the world’s most liveable cities. Moreover, Melbourne natives are very friendly, open, and hospitable people.
Auckland, New Zealand
The largest city of New Zealand, Auckland has a reputation of being very clean, safe, and friendly. Surrounded by the breathtaking New Zealand landscape, the city is home to 1.5 million kind people who always seem to be in a good mood.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
A gateway to the famous Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a popular tourist resort town in Northwestern Cambodia. Despite the constantly growing numbers of tourists, mostly Buddhist locals are still very calm, kind, and helpful.
Located in Southern Ireland, Cork is a charming medieval town that is said to have some of the friendliest residents in the world. If you decide to visit this Irish gem, you can be sure you will be welcomed with open arms by the warm-hearted locals.
The largest and capital city of Ireland, Dublin has many landmarks and monuments dating back hundreds of years. Combined with the kindness and hospitability of locals, Dublin was voted the third friendliest city on Earth.
Charleston, South Carolina, UK
The oldest and second largest city in the US state South Carolina, Charleston recently experienced a heartbreaking mass shooting tragedy, but locals are still very kind, welcoming and helpful to all foreigners who thus feel very comfortable here.
Located in Western Ireland, Galway won the survey thanks to its friendly and festive nature, lively population, and musicality. Many Travel + Leisure readers said it was in this little Irish town where they met the friendliest people in the world.
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