Whether it’s for their historic nature, inherent uniqueness, or simply because they are the heart and soul of their city, these 6 famous streets are worth the journey in and of themselves.
1. Lombard Street
This famed San Francisco street is truly one of the city’s coolest spots to visit. After all, with a one-block stretch on Russian Hill that includes eight sharp turns, the “crookedest street in San Francisco” is sure to pique even the most travelled tourist’s curiosity. With a city known for its steep hills, this design was originally meant to allow cars to go down the road safely and slowly. Slow indeed: the recommended speed limit is 8 km per hour. If you’ve got a car in tow on your California excursion, we highly recommend a drive down Lombard if you can. It won’t be a speedy thrill ride, but it certainly will be a fun time trying to navigate each turn.
2. Abbey Road
The iconic pedestrian crossing that was featured on the Beatles album cover in 1969 has since become one of the most famous streets in the world. Since the record’s release, many fans have made the pilgrimage to central London’s Abbey Road to mimic the image of John, Paul, George and Ringo crossing the street.
3. Fifth Avenue
A fashionista’s paradise, Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is one of the priciest shopping streets in the world. Particularly between 49th and 60th Streets, this avenue is lined with some of the world’s most well-known and most expensive stores: Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Armani, Versace and more. Visitors looking for sartorial finds are wise to come to New York City with a loaded wallet. For a film buff, a stop at the Tiffany & Co. headquarters comes standard, with a coffee and croissant in hand to imitate Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
4. Santa Monica Boulevard
For all the California dreamers in the world, Santa Monica Boulevard is where they long to be. Lined with palm trees, the 4.5km thoroughfare runs through West Hollywood, dotted with shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants, making its way all to the Santa Monica Pier with a welcoming view of the Pacific Ocean. It’s pretty hard to believe that, as late as the 1980s, Santa Monica Boulevard was not landscaped, with practically nothing but abandoned railroad tracks.
Tokyo’s fashion district was built up from the ashes of an 1872 fire, and then rebuilt after a series of bombings during World War II left the area practically in ruins. Nowadays, it’s the booming epicentre of Tokyo, housing hip restaurants and art galleries, important names in fashion from Caroline Herrera to Chanel, as well as flagship electronic stores like Sony and Apple. It’s reminiscent of Broadway in the midst of New York City’s Times Square but with a culture and identity all its own.
6. Beale Street
Significant when it comes to Memphis’ rich music history, Beale Street is where the likes of Louis Armstrong, B.B. King and Muddy Waters perfected their respective sounds, contributing to the city’s distinct bluesy sound. Now considered a National Historic Landmark District, tourists flock to Beale Street year-round to take in the live and lively entertainment, be it in one of the many bars and clubs or the various outdoor street performers.