Whether for their historical or unique character, or because they are the heart and soul of their city: here are 10 streets in the world that are worth the trip!
Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which crosses the 8th arrondissement , is one of the main attractions of Paris. This artery attracts tourists from all over the world by its historic presence alone, but also for its small cafes and the chic shops that line it. Its western end leads to the Arc de Triomphe, one of the city’s most popular monuments, from the top of which visitors enjoy a breathtaking view of the Champs-Élysées that unfolds below them.
This famous street in San Francisco is one of the coolest places in town. Its eight tight turns along Russian Hill make it the “sinniest street in San Francisco” and this reputation piques the curiosity of even the most avid travelers. In a city set on steep hills, this design forces motorists down the street slowly. The recommended speed is 8 km/h. If you have a car on hand for your California excursion, we highly recommend a drive down Lombard Street. You will not feel the exhilaration of speed, but negotiating each bend will certainly be a moment of great pleasure.
The iconic pedestrian crossing was immortalized on a Beatles album cover in 1969. Since the recording was released, many admirers have made the pilgrimage to Abbey Road, London, to emulate John, Paul, George and Ringo and cross the intersection. This little stretch of street in front of Abbey Road Studios is now one of the most famous tourist sites in London.
A fashionista ‘s paradise , Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. In particular, between 49th and 60th streets , the avenue is lined with the most famous and expensive stores in the world: Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Armani, Versace and many others . Visitors looking for sartorial finds would do well to come to New York with a heavy wallet. For a movie buff, a stop at Tiffany & Co headquarters for a coffee and croissant, as Audrey Hepburn did as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a must.
Santa Monica Blvd
For anyone who dreams of California, Santa Monica Boulevard is where they long to be. Lined with palm trees and dotted with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, the 4.5 km thoroughfare winds through West Hollywood to the Santa Monica Pier on the Pacific Ocean. It’s pretty hard to believe that up until the 1980s, Santa Monica Boulevard was just a wasteland with an abandoned train line.
Tokyo’s fashion district was built on the ashes of an 1872 fire, then rebuilt after a series of World War II bombings left it in ruins. Today, it’s Tokyo’s booming epicenter, home to trendy restaurants and art galleries, big names in fashion from Caroline Herrera to Chanel, but also electronics stores like Sony and Apple. It looks like the intersection of Broadway and Times Square, in New York, but with its own culture and identity.
In Memphis’ rich musical life, Beale Street is where Louis Armstrong, BB King and Muddy Waters honed their respective music, helping to give the city a distinctive blues sound. Now that the area is a National Historic Landmark District , tourists flock to Beale Street year-round for entertainment and excitement, whether in one of the many bars and clubs or outdoors with buskers.
The heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, Bourbon Street, comes alive at night and not just on Mardi Gras night! Lined with strip clubs, bars, restaurants and shops, the street is a party every weekend, allowing visitors to make the most of NOLA’s nightlife. An evening at a bar with friends and traditional Louisiana music is essential. It will be an unforgettable moment… provided you avoid a hangover the following morning!
Via Monte Napoleone
Milan: here is one of the great fashion capitals. Via Monte Napoleone (the second half of the name is attributable to the fact that Milan was the capital of the Napoleonic Italian Republic at the beginning of the 19th century ) is a street steeped in history, housing a slew of popular shops, from the big international brands, such as Bulgari and Dior, to the workshops of high-end Italian designers. It’s a fashion mecca for budding designers and fashionistas alike .
Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Walk of Fame is a sidewalk that stretches between many intersections along Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. She wears over 2,500 pink stars that pay tribute to a myriad of show business celebrities. The Walk of Fame is visited by approximately 10 million tourists each year; many of them will pose lying on the ground alongside the star of their favorite stars of today or yesteryear. On your way to the other end of this walk, be sure to stop at Mann’s Chinese Theater (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theater) where many celebrities have left their fingerprints or footprints.