The world’s cities are full of interesting things to see and do and pounding the streets is one of the best ways to experience everything they have to offer.
Here’s a roundup of some of our favourites:
Liz: The streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Each street specialises in a different trade and is named accordingly: Hang Bac, Silver Street; Hang Huong, Incense Street; Hang Ma, Paper Street and so on, and every shop on that street sells only its namesake; it’s mad!
Aidan: Deia High St in Mallorca – not really much of a city and not much of a street with only a few sleepy shops, bars and some great restaurants but it was where I got married and the ambiance is pure happiness.
Laila: Broadway in Manhattan as it brings back such fond memories of living there.
Nikki: I’ve been to the extremes – 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires – the widest street in the world with seven lanes of traffic in each direction and just recently the narrowest – Temple Bar in Port Isaac Cornwall at a mere 18 inches wide and known as “Squeeze Belly Alley” by the locals.
Daisy: Wandering the streets of Sarajevo.
Sarah: Getting swept up in the crazy chaos on the twisting maze of narrow cobbled streets of Varanasi, the holiest and oldest continuously inhabited city in India, is a truly life-affirming experience.
Charlotte: The main street in Insadong, Seoul. It is a hive of creativity and home to 40% of the nation’s art galleries and antique shops. Narrow alleyways lead off the main street transporting you back in time to traditional teahouses and tranquil courtyards.
Abi: Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona – an elegant boulevard which to me sums up the city: chic cafés, eclectic shops, avant-garde galleries and eye-poppingly surreal Gaudí architecture. I also love Temple Street in Kowloon, Hong Kong – its night market is cacophonous, kitsch and fabulously fun.
Nadine: Valencia Street, San Francisco – all manner of life is here – from the yoga and Pilates studios to the sleazy bars, the retro and vintage shops and the street art to the Michelin-starred restaurants.
Mike B: Any stretch of Mongolia’s capital, Ulan Bator, where the crumbling decay of time is glaringly evident.
Been to any of these places? Got a favourite of your own? Post your comments below, we want to hear from you!