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Cape Town Ranked Among The World’s Friendliest Cities


Cape Town has officially been ranked as one of the world’s friendliest cities by Big 7 Travel.

Now, of course, there will be those who baulk at the suggestion – we can already sense Joburgers and Durbanites turning green with envy – but we can assure you, CPT’s accolade is more than well-deserved: The Cape is home to a fantastic bunch of residents, and we’re proud to call them our fellow citizens.

Why Cape Town is “one of the friendliest cities in the world”

The tourist hot-spot knows exactly how to turn on the charm for the international crowds, but this is also a city that knows how to create a stirring sense of local pride. In reviewing their decision, Big 7 – who are specialists in publishing travel-related data – praised Cape Town for its warmth and diversity:

“Cape Town’s locals are full of life and warmth and instantly welcome visitors to the city. It’s a safe city for travellers (once you explore with some common sense!) with a diverse mix of locals and an exciting energy. Our readers scored it highly on first impressions, putting it firmly as one of the friendliest cities in the world.”

Big 7 Travel

Where are the world’s friendliest cities?

Elsewhere, it perhaps comes as no surprise that Canada is home to the world’s friendliest city outright. Vancouver, on the West Coast, tops the table due to its “amazing multicultural community”. Kuala Lumpur is a close second, and there’s also good news for South African export Percy Tau…

  1. Vancouver, Canada
  2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  3. Bruges, Belgium
  4. Taipei, Taiwan
  5. Hamburg, Germany
  6. Dublin, Ireland
  7. Christchurch, New Zealand
  8. Nashville, United States of America
  9. São Paulo, Brazil
  10. Glasgow, Scotland


Cape Town, meanwhile, finds itself sandwiched between some very illustrious competitors:

  • 13. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • 14. Cape Town, South Africa
  • 15. Athens, Greece


In total, there are three more African cities that make up the top 50: Nairobi in Kenya comes in at 21, whereas Lilongwe in Malawi occupies 26th spot. Casablanca, Morroco just squeaks onto the list in 49th place. Here’s looking at you, Cape Town…

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