Coolest Streets in the World. Getting to know places that harbor the soul of the city is always one of the best ways to understand the culture and customs of the region. A mixture of good food, culture, fun, and a sense of community-led the British Magazine Time-Out to produce a ranking of the 30 coolest streets in the world. They are special places that summarize in a few (or many) blocks all that the city has to offer to visitors. Check the list below for the streets that occupied the top 10 places in the ranking.
10 Coolest Streets in the World
- Thames Street, Buenos Aires
The busy Calle Thames connects the Palermo neighborhood to Villa Crespo and is known for its authentic restaurants and bars, many of them with Asian, Jewish, Armenian references, and so on. The trendy street in Buenos Aires is a stronghold for young people who want to not spend too much, but have different experiences in alternative establishments, such as those dedicated, for example, to whiskeys and cigars, cocktails, and wines.
- Rua Rodrigues de Faria, Lisbon
Rua Rodrigues de Farias is the one that passes through the LX Factory, a space that once housed a fabric factory and today has become one of the coolest spots in Lisbon. At Lx Factory you can find cafes, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs as well as shops, tattoo studios, markets, and art galleries. The street is close to the Tagus and, according to TimeOut, it is a place where you can spend several days since there is no lack of options ranging from breakfast to hotels and nightclubs.
- Haji Lane, Singapura
A colorful street in Singapore started to attract attention in the early 2000s and hasn’t stopped. Haji Lane is a pedestrian-only lane and can be visited at any time of day – although its very essence is revealed at night. There, visitors find shops, restaurants, bars, and lots of colors!
- Rua Três Rios, São Paulo
Right in the center of Bom Retiro, one of the most historic neighborhoods in São Paulo is Rua Três Rios, which ranked seventh in the ranking of the coolest streets in the world. According to TimeOut, the grace of the street is in the characteristics left by the various generations of immigrants who arrived in Brazil over the centuries, such as Italians, Koreans, and Bolivians, also making Três Rios a perfect destination for those who want authentic gastronomic experiences.
- Witte de Withstraat, Roterdã
The Witte de Withstraat cuts through the center of Rotterdam and is always full from early morning until late in the evening – every day of the year. One street is lined with art galleries, design studios, stores, renowned restaurants, and nightclubs.
- Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
Measuring about 22 miles (35 km) in length, the avenue roughly traces the arc of mountains that form the northern boundary of the Los Angeles Basin, following the path of a 1780s trail that leads from the Los Angeles Pueblo to the ocean. No other street reveals as much of Los Angeles as Sunset Boulevard: on it, you can find exclusive properties, parts with lush vegetation, canyons of billboards, spaces dedicated to cinema, restaurants, and much more.
- San Isidro, Havana
San Isidro street is one of the most emblematic and busiest streets in Old Havana, as the historic center of the Cuban capital is called. Colonial and neoclassical buildings predominate, housing art galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants. The street is still a canvas of outdoor art: part of the shutters, walls, and abandoned backyards have been painted over, making the street even more colorful and full of life.
- South Bank, London
Right beside the River Thames, the South Bank is a dynamic area at the heart of London’s cultural scene. The Southbank Centre, the National Theater, and the BFI cinema are among the best art spaces in the world. The tree-lined riverside promenade, lined with historic restaurants and pubs, often hosts fairs and events. Tourists climb the London Eye Ferris wheel to admire iconic landmarks like Big Ben and St. Paul.
- Passeig de Sant Joan, Barcelona
It is an important avenue in the Eixample and Gràcia districts of Barcelona. It starts at the Arc de Triomphe, where it meets Avinguda de Vilanova, Carrer de Trafalgar, and Passeig de Lluís Companys, and continues west through the Eixample district until reaching Travessera de Gràcia in the lower part of Gràcia. The upper part feels a little more old-school, with its traditional bars and boutiques. In the extreme south, there are super elegant restaurants and comic book stores. What draws attention along its entire length is the way Passeig de Sant Joan prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists, who find bike paths, wide sidewalks, lots of greenery, and spaces to sit there.
- Smith Street, Melbourne
Once a stronghold for gangs, Melbourne’s suburban Collingwood neighborhood has a long and proud history of subversion. Today, a little more well-behaved, the region continues to guarantee its visitors a lot of fun and leisure options, especially on Smith Street, considered the coolest street in the world by Time-Out magazine. There are plenty of pubs, fine wine bars, vinyl shops, authentic restaurants, Vietnamese bakeries, and nightclubs that promise unforgettable nights.
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