Many big cities around the globe have world-famous streets that provide the culture and excitement you’re looking for, all in one location. Here are some of the most famous, exciting, and culture-infused streets in the world.
Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Royal Mile, which starts at the base of the historic Edinburgh Castle and ends just past Holyrood Palace, offers everything a traveler wants to experience in Scotland. Shops line the road, selling the famous Scottish tartans and shortbread. Men in kilts walk the street playing bagpipes as friendly shop owners welcome you into stores full of Gaelic treasures and Celtic music. Keep an eye out for the frequent festivals and parades that make their way down the long, winding street.
Welcome to the Big White Way. Set in the heart of Manhattan, Broadway encompasses the theater district and Times Square, two of the hottest spots in New York City. Catch a musical or browse the tourist shops in Times Square. The best time to saunter down this street is at night, when glittering marquees shine on every building.
Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, USA
The Walk of Fame will make you feel like Hollywood royalty as you glide down one of California’s most famous streets. Lined with stars highlighting your favorite actors, directors, and musicians, this street lets you experience the magic of Hollywood. Stop at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and you might be lucky enough to catch a movie premiere. Or hop on a tour bus to see some of Hollywood’s most famous filming locations.
La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain
Located in central Barcelona, La Rambla is definitely a must-see. Colorful architecture, exotic food, and the romantic Catalan language permeate the wavy pavement and make La Rambla thrive. Seafood is a favorite among tourists and locals in this coastal city, and some of the best can be found at the restaurants and food stands lining the street. Check out the Christopher Columbus monument at the southern end of La Rambla, or sample the colorful fruit in the Mercat de la Boqueria, an indoor farmer’s market.
Orchard Road, famous for its shopping and entertainment, is a great street to experience Singaporean culture. Both tourists and locals flock to this street to eat, shop, and visit famous landmarks. Its $40 million makeover in 2009 make this street a place for those who want to experience some glamour. Visit the Far East Plaza to see how the young adults of Singapore live. Then stop by the Istana—the official residence of the president of Singapore—where, on the first Sunday of every month, you can witness the changing of the guard.
Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
Also called “the belle of Paris,” the Champs-Élysées is known for its high-end shopping and delicious fare of classic French food. In the spring, the Champs-Élysées features beautiful gardens and trees that line the promenade. Meander down the wide street, and you will find yourself at the Arc de Triomphe, a solemn, iconic monument built to honor the soldiers who died during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.