Lonely Planet says the city of Cork is a must see destination.

According to the backpackers' bible ‘Lonely Planet’, the city of Cork is one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2010. In a list that includes Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Vancouver, Cork is ranked third in the world and is the only Irish destination listed.

This news does not come as a surprise to Brian Lennox whose chip shop is listed as a defining Cork experience.

We’re rebels through and through and we’re the capital of the southern Riviera.

The ‘Lonely Planet’ authors call Cork a sophisticated, vibrant and diverse city that has emerged as a fantastic destination. It praises Cork's food culture from its breakfast in the English Market to the local delicacy, drisheen, a type of black pudding.

Lisa O’Sullivan from O'Reilly's Fish and Chips says tourists should always try the local dish, although she admits drisheen is an acquired taste.

Derek Burns of the bar and venue Fred Zeppelins says in contrast to people in other cities, Corkonians are friendly and easy going.

The ‘Lonely Planet’ says Cork is sophisticated and crackling with youthful vibrancy,

The only real surprise here, truth be known, is that it has taken so long for everyone else to find out what the people here have always known.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 November 2009. The reporter is Jennie O'Sullivan.