Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — A single street can define the culture of an entire city.
Media brand Time Out, which publishes local guides to some of the world’s most interesting cities, has released its second annual list of the world’s coolest streets this year.
“In most parts of the world, pre-pandemic life has returned. People are excited to make plans and go out to explore their cities again,” James Manning, travel editor at Time Out, said in a statement.
“The World’s Coolest Streets list features routes that inspire locals, including our expert editors and contributors, and recommend surfing right now,” he added.
This year’s list includes 33 streets, an increase of three streets over the opening list for 2021, and includes many new cities, including Taipei, Taiwan, Mumbai, India, Athens, Greece, and Accra, Ghana.
The first place in this year’s list is Wellington Street, which is located in the Verdun neighborhood in the Canadian city of Montreal.
Laura Osborne, editor of Time Out Canada, says the street has “great bars, great brunch spots, some of the best sandwiches in town, and even a sandy urban beach”, plus it will be pedestrian-only in 2023, which will add to it more Gorgeous without a doubt.
“We know this high street, also known as the Promenade Wellington, has been reinventing itself in original and innovative ways for many years now,” Yves Lalumiere, president and CEO of Tourism Montreal, told CNN. Verdun continues to shine.”
While the United States did not take first place, America can rest assured of its position, having claimed the most streets such as Calle Ocho Street in Miami, McDougall Street in New York City, and Wentworth Street in Chicago.
Also included in the list was Avenida Amsterdam, located in the trendy Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, Mexico.
Five of the top 10 cosmopolitan streets are located in this part of the world.
Melbourne, Australia, topped the list in 2021, with Smith Street, but fell to second place this year.
Melbourne makes the list this year on Gertrude Street, which Elisa Campbell of Time Out Australia described as “beautiful, unpretentious, and devoid of city-street nightlife”.
At number seven is Taiping Shan, a neighborhood within a neighborhood on Hong Kong’s main island.
CNN’s Digital Producer Rhea Mogul, who lives in the street, says the street is best known for its dog-friendly cafes and “a great mix of old and new.”
Taiping means “peace and stability” in Cantonese, while Shan means “hill”, meaning hill of peace and stability.
The 2022 list sees a special appearance of Yongkang Street in Taipei, Taiwan.
“We’ve combined various resources to promote this neighborhood to international tourists, and we’re glad it’s on the list. We hope tourists will return to the area as soon as the border opens,” Huang Shih-fang, director of international affairs at the Taiwan Tourism Board, told CNN.
Headquartered in London, Time Out has researched the Kingdom and its European surroundings for its picks for this year’s list.
The British capital’s coolest street for 2022 is Deptford High Street, a mix of stalls, markets, shops, pubs and more, described by Chris Wawell, editor of Time Out, as not only London’s coolest, but “the liveliest” of them all.
Further north, the Great Western Road in Glasgow, Scotland, is the UK’s best street, third on the list.
The center of Denmark’s Copenhagen, which CNN called “the wonderful new capital of Europe” last year, is fifth on the list, and Time Out editors dubbed Værnedamsvej “mini Paris” for its wine, cheese and flower shops.
This could harm Paris, which could not accommodate one of its existing streets.
Other European streets that earned acclaim on the list are Kolokotroni Street in Athens, Echigaray Street in Madrid, and Capel Street in Dublin, Ireland.
The full list of the most beautiful streets in the world for 2022, as assessed by Time Out:
- Wellington Street, Montreal, Canada
- Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Australia
- Great Western Road, Glasgow, Scotland
- Yongkang Street, Taipei, Taiwan
- Værnedamsvej Street, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Karangahab Road, Auckland, New Zealand
- Tai Ping Shan Street, Hong Kong, China
- Yaowarat Road, Bangkok, Thailand
- Oranienstrasse, Berlin, Germany
- Hayes Street, San Francisco, California, United States
- Avenida Amsterdam, Mexico City, Mexico
- Kolokotroni Street, Athens, Greece
- Virgil Street, Los Angeles, California, United States
- Osington Street, Toronto, Canada
- Via Provenza, Medellin, Colombia
- Calle Ocho Street, Miami, Florida, United States
- Deptford High Street, London, UK
- Praça das Flores, Lisbon, Portugal
- Oxford Street, Accra, Ghana
- Wentworth Street, Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Cutting Room Square, Manchester, United Kingdom
- Capel Street, Dublin, Ireland
- Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Enmore Road, Sydney, Australia
- Kagurazaka District, Tokyo, Japan
- Kloof Street, Cape Town, South Africa
- Süleyman Seba Caddesi Street, Istanbul, Turkey
- Calle Echegaray, Madrid, Spain
- McDougall Street, New York City, New York, United States
- Carrier del Comte Borrell, Barcelona, Spain
- Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Colaba Causeway, Mumbai, India
- Everton Road, Singapore
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