These Are the Most Beautiful Streets and Neighbourhoods in the World

La Boca | © Ilker Ender/Flickr
La Boca | © Ilker Ender/Flickr
Photo of Amber C. Snider
Home & Design Editor26 September 2017

Each street is a story, an experience, a time capsule. From Morocco to Brazil, Culture Trip brings you some of the most beautiful streets – and neighborhoods – in the world.

Tetsugaku-no-Michi, or the Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto (Japan)

Tetsugaku no michi: Philosopher’s Path | © Kimon Berlin:Flickr

The Philosopher’s Path (Tetsugaku-no-Michi) is a pink and white explosion of cherry blossoms set along the Lake Biwa Canal in Kyoto, Japan. The 1.2mi, tree-lined street takes its name from a famous 20th-century Japanese philosopher, Nishida Kitaro, who used the street for his daily walking meditations on his way to university. With several temples along the route, The Philosopher’s Path is the perfect street for inner reflection and tranquil time with nature, especially if you go after dusk.

La Boca, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

La Boca | © Ilker Ender/Flickr

It may not be a street, but this little neighborhood in Buenos Aires has a lot to offer by way of beauty. La Boca is known for its brightly painted houses and European architecture. The colorful street was actually named after a 1926 tango song.

Habana Vieja or Old Havana (Cuba)

Cuba Capital | © Ashu Mathura/Flickr

Old Havana is one of the richest cultural centers in the world, with beautifully preserved architecture that ranges in style and time period. Like La Boca, there isn’t exactly one street to recommend, but Old Havana is just small enough to wander around over the course of a single day to soak in all the eclectic Caribbean wonder.

Pacific Coast Highway or California State Route 1 (U.S.A)

Pacific Coast Highway | © Rian Castillo/Flickr

Perhaps one of the most famous highways in the U.S., California State Route 1 runs along the pacific coastline for nearly 655.8 miles. Offering spectacular views of the ocean and mountains, with various attractions along the way, the beautiful street is a must-drive for any road tripper or adventurer.

Water Street, Brooklyn (U.S.A)

Water Street | © tovsla:Shutterstock

It’s all about the photo opp (sometimes). Water Street has become rather famous in New York because of its spectacular view of the Manhattan Bridge, not to mention the stone streets and renovated warehouses. Often depicted in movies, the surrounding area of Water Street (or Dumbo) was once a bustling, immigrant neighborhood and major cargo zone.

Chefchaouen (Morocco)

Chefchaouen | © Singa Hitam:Flickr

Located in the Rif Mountains in northwest Morocco, Chefchaouen is an internationally popular city known for its signature blue walls, handicrafts, and cannabis. No one really knows exactly why the walls were painted blue, but it’s thought the color signified spiritual elements and sanctuary. The small mountainside village contains some of the prettiest, artistic streets in the world.

The Shambles, York (England)

Shambles, York | © Darren Flinders:Flickr

One of the most picturesque streets in England, The Shambles is known for its 15th-century buildings and narrow, cobble stone lanes. As one of York’s oldest streets, the preserved timber-framed architecture acts as a mini time capsule to transport you back to medieval England.

Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho, Porto Alegre (Brazil)

Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho | Amigos da Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho:Wikicommons

Over 100 Tipuana trees line this beautiful street set right in the center of Porto Alegre in Brazil. Seen from above, the tree canopy is an unusual addition to the urban landscape and offers a tranquil, green reprieve. Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho street is not only beautiful, it’s also a great example of the symbiosis that can occur between nature and the city.

Champs-Élysées, Paris (France)

Champs-Élysées | © Alexander Baxevanis:Flickr

Originally laid out in 1667, Champs-Élysées is hands-down the most famous street in Paris. Lined with upscale shops, restaurants, and theaters, the bustling street runs between the Place Charles de Gaulle and the Place de la Concorde. Be sure to check out a view of the magical street from the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile.

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