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Adelaide named one of world's best cities for 2014

October 29, 2013, 8:28 am Chris Ashton Yahoo!7

Adelaide has been named as one of the world's top 10 cities in a new Lonely Planet publication.

Adelaide named one of world s best cities for 2014

If you were to pick one Australian city that had that special x-factor, setting it apart from all the other cities of the world, there’s a big chance that Adelaide probably wouldn’t make the cut. Lonely Planet disagrees.

Sitting pretty beside cities such as Paris and Shanghai, Adelaide has landed on Lonely Planet's list of the world's best cities at number 9 - one spot ahead of Auckland. The southern capital is finally getting it's time in the spotlight.

Adelaide, one of the world's top 10 cities. Photo: ThinkStock

"Having always lived in the shadow of its gregarious eastern-seaboard cousins," the Lonely Planet review said, "the 'City of Churches' has been quietly loosening its pious shackles and embracing its liberal foundations."

"The year 2014 beckons big changes for the city's heart, with the completion of the multi-million-dollar refurbishment of the Adelaide Oval, which will link central Adelaide with the Oval and its beautiful surrounding parklands, and historic North Adelaide further on."

Other cities on the list include Vancouver, Cape Town and Zurich.

South Australian Tourism Minister, Leon Bignell, said Adelaide had undergone a huge transformation in recent years, showing Australia and the world that it has so much to offer.

“There are an increasing number of small bars, restaurants and revitalised laneways in the city which have added to Adelaide’s vibrancy and diversity.

“And once people arrive in the city they can take a drive for an hour and be in one of our world class wine regions such as the Barossa or McLaren Vale.”

The Top 10 Cities were nominated by more than 500 Lonely Planet authors and staff and selected based on topicality, excitement and that special x-factor.

See the full list below:

1. Paris, France
2. Trinidad, Cuba
3. Cape Town, South Africa
4. Riga, Latvia
5. Zurich, Switzerland
6. Shanghai, China
7. Vancouver, Canada
8. Chicago, United States
9. Adelaide, Australia

10. Auckland, New Zealand

Do you agree with the results? What’s your top 10?

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  1. Susie05:48am Wednesday 30th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Well done Adelaide. Adelaide is one of my favourite cities in Australia. I love Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. I think of Adelaide as a young sister of Melbourne growing up with so much potential in the near future. It’s slowly starting to bloom. One day Adelaide will take the title as the Worlds liveable city. It’s a beautiful, safe, clean and friendly with an easy lifestyle without the huge population. Sydney and Melbourne are overcrowded. Sydney is my least favourite place in Australia.

  2. Richard03:27am Wednesday 30th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Lonely planet can't be serious if they chose Paris as number 1 city.If you like trafic jams,polution and dogs #$%$ to name a few then you might like Paris.

  3. enzo f02:13am Wednesday 30th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Good to see Adelaide finally getting some recognition. This city is slowly starting to bloom with huge potentials.

  4. chanita01:50am Wednesday 30th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    R sole that is...

  5. chanita01:49am Wednesday 30th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    They say that the Brisbane River is the #$%$ of the world...and Brisbane is 5 miles up it!

  6. karl01:20am Wednesday 30th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Brisbane would scrape into a top 300 list..all its History has been Demolished,,No Culture Brisbane,

  7. karl01:14am Wednesday 30th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Chicago is a fantastic city,,,the original gold coast

  8. Dean01:13am Wednesday 30th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Cape Town? Has to be a South African who is banging a Croweater who picked this list. Sydney would be the number one Australian city by a fair way. I just visited Boston, fantastic place, visit if you are in the area and get to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Stunning old world stadium in a fantastic city. Certainly more appealing than Adelaide.

  9. A boy from Cottesloe...11:15pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Adelaide???? It was a joke. Right?

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  10. Norm09:53pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I have been in Australia for 43 years having emigrated from London UK. My first home was in Adelaide. Since then I have lived in Perth Sydney and now Brisbane. I have also been around Australia 4 times and travelled around the world many times visiting many countries. Although Adelaide is one of the friendliest it cannot be considered anywhere near the top 100 let alone in the top ten. Lonely Planet should fire the idiot who gave then that information. .

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