A destination that offers you a warm welcome, friendly locals and smiling faces is what every traveller hopes for. While there are many busy cities with traffic, large crowds, hustle and bustle, we have a list of cities which are specifically known for their hospitality and warmth. From how an outgoing local showed you the way, how easy was the city to navigate to making new friends at a local bar, these are cities where you’ll feel the most welcome. So, who made to the top? Here are the top 10 friendliest cities in the world:
Canada is full of vibrant and exciting cities, and Vancouver is no different. Located along the coast in British Columbia it is known for its performing and visual art scene and its wonderful museums. Along with its dazzling skylines to coastlines, Vancouver’s multicultural community has charmed visitors from the entire world with its exceptionally good nature. Locals are quick to assist the tourist and the community vibe makes socialising in Vancouver simple.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The capital city of Malaysia has set an example with not just its skyline punctuated by minarets, Mogul-style domes, skyscrapers and its colourful food-stall-lined streets but also with its welcoming community. The ‘friendliness towards strangers’ shown by the locals has made Kuala Lumpur popular both tourists and expats.
This fairy-tale medieval town in Belgium is one of Europe’s best-preserved cities. The charming atmosphere of the city with a community that goes an extra mile to welcome tourists has brought it to the top friendliest cities in the world. The picturesque cobbled lanes, dreamy canals, photogenic market squares, soaring towers and historic churches, are just a few of the attractions that you’ll find here.
The capital city of Taiwan, Taipei has an intriguing mix of ancient Japanese streets and modern skyscrapers. Modern and beautiful municipality of about 2.5 million people, this city has become an emerging tourist destination with locals who are friendly to just about everyone. The city is also known to be one of Asia’s most LGTBQ+ friendly cities, so everyone will be looked after and feel at home.
A major port city in Germany, Hamburg is a family-friendly city, with heaps of culture and charm. The locals are open and accepting of strangers making Hamburg is an ideal city for tourists. Hamburg has a vivid mix of nationalities, identities and political inclinations—not to mention its dusk to dawn party stamina- that will surely keep you entertained during your visit.
Enjoy an Irish welcome at the capital city of Dublin with its good-natured people and an amazing sense of humour. As nearly every street in Dublin has (at least) one pub filled with both locals and tourists, coming together to celebrate life, one gets to experience what locals call craic: the Gaelic term for fun and enjoyment.
While this New Zealand city has been a victim of some devastating earthquakes in the last few years, but that hasn’t dimmed the upbeat, happy demeanour of the locals. Their openheartedness towards tourists, their resilient and positive attitude with friendly Kiwi charm makes this city such a beautiful place to visit. The residents will instantly welcome you with a smile and you’ll fall in love with NZ.
The capital city of the state Tennessee, Nashville is known for its classic southern charm and its vibrant neighbourhoods- each linked by a common commitment to Southern hospitality. The lively music scene here adds to its appeal, as to country singers, songwriters and fans, Nashville has always been the ultimate pilgrimage.
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Other than an infectious party spirit, Sao Paolo is also known for its welcoming community. Brazil’s cultural centre offers a huge range of experiences, but its progressive atmosphere adds more charm and appeal to it.
Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow has transformed itself from being the once mighty powerhouse of industrial Britain to a centre for commerce, tourism, and culture. Along with its unique blend of sophistication and earthiness, the city makes Scotland proud with its attitude towards strangers and tourists. The warm and welcoming community if Glasgow adds a real buzz, making it one of Britain’s most intriguing metropolises.
So, which of these friendliest cities have you set your eyes on for your 2020 travel plans? Let us know in the comments below!