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Behold the world's friendliest places to visit

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We might get a lot of slack for our cloudy skies and icy people, but one of Britain's largest cities has ranked in the top 10 of the most friendliest cities on Earth.

With its “wonderful pubs filled with laughter,” and “local musicians playing and everyone smiling and singing along,” Edinburgh was named the sixth most friendly place to visit in the world.

Topping the list was Sydney at number one followed by Dublin at number two and Queenstown in New Zealand at third place. 

Condé Nast Traveler cast their eyes over a million votes from nearly 77,000 of its readers to calculate just which destinations give the warmest welcome to its tourists.

It also listed the least hospitable places, which included Cannes in France (10), Cairo in Egypt (7) and Caracas in Venezuela in the number one spot.

Speaking about Edinburgh, one reader said, “People really went out of their way to help us, direct us, and serve us,” while another added, “seeing the city lit up by fireworks on New Year's Eve was an extraordinary treat” surrounded by "cheerful and lovely crowds”.

We take a look at the warmest (and we're not talking weather) places you can visit in the world. Consider it your friendly travel bucket list.

The top 10 friendliest cities in the world

10. Reykjavik, Iceland

“The hospitality was amazing, no matter who you met…Reykjavik is hip, and the locals like to party!”

Aerial view of the colourful houses of Reykjavik

Aerial view of the colourful houses of Reykjavik

9. Auckland, New Zealand

Readers found its residents to be some of the most “polite and accommodating” in the world.

Auckland's impressive skyline

Auckland's impressive skyline

8. Budapest, Hungary

The locals have “a wonderful sense of humor, in spite of their difficult history”.

The stunning parliament building in Budapest

The stunning parliament building in Budapest

7. Kyoto, Japan

The Japanese are often misunderstood. One reader said, “The Japanese are extremely friendly. The best way to get to know them is to visit the same places more than once,” while another said to “invite them to lunch or dinner and you'll discover things you would never have known about.”

An autumn garden in Kyoto

An autumn garden in Kyoto

6. Edinburgh, Scotland

“People really went out of their way to help us, direct us, and serve us,” recalled recent visitors.

The rooftops of the UK's friendliest city

The rooftops of the UK's friendliest city

5. Bruges, Belgium

Many readers gushed about the city's friendly shopkeepers, tour masters and general locals.

The famous water canal in Bruges

The famous water canal in Bruges

4. Kraków, Poland

This gem is full of the “friendliest locals you'll ever meet,” said one reader.

A historic street in the Old Town area

A historic street in the Old Town area

3. Queenstown, New Zealand

The locals “genuinely enjoy interacting with tourists”. One reader recalled a helicopter pilot who landed them in six different places on their tour, including his favourite dining spots.

The idyllic landscape of Queenstown

The idyllic landscape of Queenstown

2. Dublin, Ireland

“I've never been somewhere with friendlier drinkers,” said one reader. Dublin’s pubs and restaurants are “filled with locals and tourists alike, coming together to celebrate life,” said another.

A traditional pub in Dublin

A traditional pub in Dublin

1. Sydney, Australia

The people of Sydney ooze effortless hospitality and warmth. “So much so,” said one reader, “that after we met an Australian woman on our flight there, she offered to pick us up at our hotel and spent a whole day showing us her favorite parts of the city”.

Sydney's famous Bondi Beach

Sydney's famous Bondi Beach

The top 10 unfriendliest cities in the world

10. Cannes, France
9. Jakarta, Indonesia
8. Moscow, Russia
7. Cairo, Egypt
6. New Delhi, India
5. Nairobi, Kenya
4. Guatemala City, Guatemala
3. Guangzhou, China
2. Casablanca, Morocco
1. Caracas, Venezuela

Visit cntraveler.com to find out more on each destination.

Images: ThinkStock, Rex Features

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Sejal Kapadia Pocha covers stories about everything from women’s issues to cult foods. She describes herself as a balance between Hermione and Luna Lovegood.

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