And now the charming metropolis has officially trumped its long-time rival Sydney to be named the world’s No.3 best big city in the annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Readers placed Australia's “sophisticated, stylish and free-spirited” cultural capital ahead of the harbour city, which was placed at No.6 on the list, and glamorous destinations like Paris and Barcelona.
Only Tokyo and Kyoto rated higher than Melbourne, proving Japan is one of the hottest, must-do destinations of the year. "Melbourne has all of the traits you'd want in a friend - and an incredible arts scene,” Conde Nast said.
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