Destinations

The top 10 unfriendliest cities in the world

Hannah Edensor

We all know Sydney recently had its crown polished as world’s friendliest city, and while us Aussies are damn lovely people, sometimes it’s more interesting to look at the opposite.

From sunshine and rainbows, we’ve tracked down what, according to Condé Nast Traveler, are the top 10 unfriendliest cities in the world.

10. Cannes, France

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Famous for its film festival, Cannes is home to plenty of lovely yachts and fancy hotels, but this kind of privilege comes at a price, with much of the city populated by “very wealthy, thin, snobby people” who are deemed “more than a tad rude.”

Condé Nast warns: “Ask for prices if they aren’t listed on menus. We ordered a two-pound lobster, which we shared, and the bill was €240. It must have been made of solid gold!”

9. Jakarta, Indonesia

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From travellers finding it one of the more frieghtening destinations, and apparently full of “aggressive locals”, Jakarta doesn’t exactly have the nicest name around. Heavy flooding and traffic in the rainy season also makes it slightly more unpleasant than normal.

8. Moscow, Russia

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Unfriendly people, deplorable traffic, and no real welcoming attitude towards visitors is how this city has been described.

 

7. Cairo, Egypt

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“Cairo was a dream getaway for us, but it turned into more of a nightmare,” one traveller told Condé Nast, with “horrible traffic and trash everywhere,” “pushy vendors and beggars,” and “greedy guides.”

 

6. New Delhi, India

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“Depressing and filthy,” said more than a few, while others said the poor air quality, rude drivers and downright terrifying traffic jams, New Delhi has earned its reputation, with many telling Condé Nast that one visit was enough.

 

5. Nairobi, Kenya

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“On my morning runs I was escorted by hotel police in a Jeep,” one traveller said, while another called Kenya “crowded and smoggy.”

But safaris, African craft at markets and museums in the suburbs were some of the positives that survived this review.

 

4. Guatemala City, Guatemala

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“Dirty and unfriendly,” this Central American city” isn’t a good place for tourists, Condé Nast wrote.

Even the Guatemalans are worried about the crime rate with violence in broad daylight not an uncommon experience. We suggest an escape to Antigua or Lake Atitlán outside the city.

 

3. Guangzhou, China

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“Crowded, dirty, and polluted” was how one reader summed up China’s third-largest city, located on the Pearl River.

Formerly known as Canton, there are a “handful of interesting sites to visit, like the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees,” but “lots of spitting! Yuck!”

 

2. Casablanca, Morocco

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Time has not served this dirty city well, said one visitor – clearly the iconic movie didn’t do its reputation justice.

Morocco’s largest metropolis is “chock full of overwhelming sensory experiences,” “pestering street vendors and merchants,” “traffic jams, screaming people,” and “intense extremes,” according to the visitor survey.

 

1. Caracas, Venezuela

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Rampant crime and a scarcity of basic necessities were among the reasons visitors named this city the most unfriendly in the world.

“Not the place to get a morning run or walk in”; even “the candy bars were under lock and key in the grocery store!” said one traveller, while another quipped, “Hopefully it will improve, but for now it’s no destination for anyone looking for an open-armed welcome.”

 

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