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The World’s 10 Most Famous Streets

Whether it's for their historic nature, incredible shopping, or simply because they are the heart and soul of their city, these famous streets are worth the journey in and of themselves.

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Famous streets - Champs Elysees at nightPhoto: Shutterstock

Champs-Élysées—one of the world’s most famous streets

When it comes to famous streets, the Champs-Élysées is surely one of the most recognizable in the world. Running through Paris’ 8th arrondissement, it attracts throngs of tourists not only for its historical significance, but also for the chic little cafés and shops located throughout the avenue. Its western end leads all the way to the Arc de Triomphe, one of the city’s most popular monuments, which visitors can climb for a breathtaking shot of the Champs Elysées before them.

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Famous streets - Lombard Street in San FranciscoPhoto: Shutterstock

Lombard Street

This famous street in San Francisco 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.

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Famous streets - Fifth Avenue in NYCPhoto: Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock.com

Fifth Avenue

A fashionista’s paradise, Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is one of the world’s most famous streets for luxury shopping. Particularly between 49th and 60th Streets, this avenue is lined with showrooms for the best-known (and most expensive) designer brands: 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.

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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 4.5-kilometre 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.

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Ginza

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.

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Beale Street

Playing a pivotal role in 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.

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Famous streets - Bourbon Street in New OrleansPhoto: GTS Productions / Shutterstock.com

Bourbon Street

The heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, Bourbon Street comes alive at night—and we’re not only talking about Mardi Gras! Lined with strip clubs, bars, restaurants and shops, it’s practically a non-stop party on weekends, allowing visitors to get the most of NOLA’s nightlife. A bar crawl with friends is essential, and with traditional Louisiana music as the soundtrack to your night, it’s bound to be one you’ll never forget.

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Via Monte Napoleone

Milan: it’s one of the major fashion capitals of the world. Via Monte Napoleone (the latter half of its name was due to Milan being the capital of the Napoleonic Italian Republic at the start of the 19th century) is a street steeped in history, which also happens to house a slew of popular boutiques, from world-renowned brands like Bulgari and Dior to upscale local Italian designers. It’s a fashion mecca for budding designers and everyday fashionistas alike.

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Famous streets - Hollywood Walk of FamePhoto: Andrew Zarivny / Shutterstock.com

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Stretching block after block (after block) on Hollywood Boulevard, the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles boasts more than 2,500 pink stars on its sidewalks, honouring a myriad of celebrities for their achievements in the entertainment industry. With approximately 10 million visitors every year, many tourists pose for the requisite ground shot alongside the star of their favourite celebrities, both past and present. And, on your way from one end of the boulevard to the other, a stop at TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theater) where many celebrities have left their mark—literally—is a must.

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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.

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