Sydney Breaks Into The Top 5 Best Cities In The World

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Sydney Breaks Into The Top 5 Best Cities In The World

Sydney is the ideal getaway no matter the season, according to Condé Nast Traveler.


Sydney, we’re doing it. Slowly but surely, we’re moving on up to become the best city in the world. From tenth last year, and sixth the year before that, we have now broken into the top five and hopefully with our fourth place this year, we can cement our position there.

This news comes to us thanks to the global media behemoth that is Condé Nast releasing its annual Readers’ Choice Awards lineup, which saw more than 600,000 readers participate in choosing the top city, both big and small, in the world.

Top position in each category was taken out by Kyoto, Japan for the best largest city, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the world’s best small city. No other Australian city made the list this year, but we’re not really going to talk about that too much since our friends down south have had it a bit rough for a while now. However, it is the second year in a row that Melbourne hasn’t made the top ten so maybe there is something else going on. 

Regardless, this is a chance for Sydney to bask in its own glory and celebrate the progress it has made in recent times, namely the lifting of the lockout laws much earlier this year with the move to embracing the nighttime economy and becoming a truly global city. 

Not so dissimilar to their 2019 review, Condé Nast Traveler has mentioned Sydney’s al fresco dining as one of our great assets, which if you’ve been following the news lately is about to get even greater with al fresco drinking and dining becoming a focus for the NSW Government’s taskforce tackling the hospitality scene post-COVID.


Bondi and Redleaf beaches have both been giving the nod as must-visit places during summer as well as catching the ferry across to Manly, which was described as our answer to Montauk. (Never heard of Montauk? Neither, but it’s in the Hamptons).

Other Aussie winners this year include Qantas coming in at number five on the best international airlines list; Tasmania and Kangaroo Island also make the list of best islands; and a train ride on The Ghan, one of the most stunning ways to see our country, also made the top five for luxury train rides in the world. 

SEE ALSO: 4 Spectacular Train Journeys That Traverse Our Great Southern Land

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