Time to add to that bucket list. The folks at Architectural Digest just came out with their list of the 10 most beautiful streets in the world, and, believe me, each one is more breathtaking than the next. From an idyllic tree-lined cobblestone street in Germany to the brilliantly twisted charm of Lombard in San Francisco, each unique street has something to delight.
1. El Caminito, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
El Caminito translates to “little walkway.” This charming and very colorful street in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires is a throwback to late 19th century history when these bright shanty houses were constructed using sheet metal from old docks. Adding to its mystique, the street often features a vibrant mix of Argentinian culture with tango dancers and musicians performing on the street.
2. Lombard Street, San Francisco
Known as one of America’s “crookedest” streets, Lombard Street is truly something to see. Take a drive down this steep, switchback road, lined with gorgeous victorian homes—if you dare.
3. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Founded in 1471, Chefchaouen, Morocco is famous for its beautiful and blue narrow alleys and gorgeous hidden staircases. The town’s early Jewish settlers believed the color blue represented God’s power, and so the buildings are painted to honor that belief. And the sight of it is powerful indeed.
4. Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain
The Andalusia region in Spain, where Jerez de la Frontera is located, is known for its horses, flamenco dancers and wine. It is the latter that gives this street its charming cover. Grapevines woven over the tops of these buildings create a unique and beautiful canopy.
5. Qiyi Street Chongron Alley, Lijiang, China
Old Town in Lijiang, China is a breathtaking village featuring 800-year-old bridges and waterways. Feel like you are stepping back in time as you get some of the very best views from Qiyi Street Chongron Alley or Wuyi Street Wenzhi Alley.
6. Cherry Blossom Avenue, Bonn, Germany
For two to three weeks every spring, Bonn, Germany may be the most magical place on earth. The canopy created by the blooming cherry trees on Cherry Blossom Avenue is surreal, and the uneven cobblestone makes it that much more enchanting. And bonus: This picturesque street is only a five-minute walk to Beethoven’s House.
7. Bregagh Road, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
No, this isn’t a scene from the latest Tim Burton movie. This is an actual street in Northern Ireland. Known as The Dark Hedges, these gorgeous beech trees were planted in the 18th century to serve as an impressive entrance to the Stuart family’s mansion. Today, the trees continue to impress tourists and photographers alike and have even been featured on “Game of Thrones.”
8. Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
This stretch of Parisian perfection extends from the pictured Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde. Locals and tourists can be seen strolling the tree-lined stretch taking in the many restaurants, luxury shops and nightclubs that line it. The street serves as host to the annual Bastille Day military parade, the arrival of the Tour de France and a stunning Christmas light display.
9. Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Brouwersgracht, or Brewer’s Canal, takes its name from the many breweries it hosted in the 16th and 17th centuries. Now, home to more luxury apartments than breweries—and still as pretty as a postcard—this street is regularly voted Amsterdam’s prettiest.
10. Umbrella Sky Project, Águeda, Portugal
Located in Águeda, Portugal, the Umbrella Sky Project began in 2012 as a part of the city’s annual Ágitagueda Art Festival. According to their Facebook page, the idea behind the installation was to make people smile while protecting pedestrians from the sun. The bright and beautiful colors of the umbrellas contrasting with the charm of the village itself looks like a dream come true.
What street would you add to this list?