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Sydney beats New York, Paris, London and Rome to win best city in the world title

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Published 13/10/2011 | 16:51

A light art work by artist and musician Brian Eno is projected onto the Sydney Opera House during the opening night of the Smart Light Sydney Festival. The Smart Light Sydney Festival is a Vivid Sydney initiative that aims to bring colour and light to Sydney during Winter. Photo: Sergio Dionisio, Getty Images
A light art work by artist and musician Brian Eno is projected onto the Sydney Opera House during the opening night of the Smart Light Sydney Festival. The Smart Light Sydney Festival is a Vivid Sydney initiative that aims to bring colour and light to Sydney during Winter. Photo: Sergio Dionisio, Getty Images
The sky above Sydney Harbour lights up at midnight during the fireworks display to celebrate the New Year's Day (AP)

SYDNEY has beaten Paris and New York to be voted the world's number one city by readers of a luxury travel magazine.

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The Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards, held in New York, voted the Australian harbour city their favourite destination.

More than eight million votes were cast in the awards with readers rating cities according to ambience, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, culture, sight-seeing and shopping.

The readers of Conde Nast Traveler gave Sydney a score of 85.1, ahead of the next highest scoring city, Florence at 85.

Conde Nast Traveler readers are mostly based in North America

The world’s 20 best cities are:

1. Sydney, Australia, 85.1

2. Florence, Italy, 85.0

3. Charleston, United States, 84.7

4. Cape Town, South Africa, 83.9

5. San Francisco, United States, 83.7

6. Santa Fe, United States, 83.0

6. Quebec City, Canada, 83.0

8. Barcelona, Spain, 82.8

9. Vancouver, Canada, 82.5

10. Rome, Italy, 82.4

11. Kyoto, Japan, 82.3

12. Chicago, United States, 82.2

13. Paris, France, 81.9

14. Bruges, Belgium, 81.7

14. Venice, Italy, 81.7

16. Bangkok, Thailand, 81.6

17. Salzburg, Austria, 81.4

17. Victoria B.C., Canada, 81.4

19. Hong Kong, China, 81.1

20. Vienna, Austria, 81.0

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