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Whether it’s high-end shopping, street-side musicians, premier people watching or chocolate-covered crickets you’re seeking, there’s an amazing street in the world that offers it — and plenty more. And while they may not all be called “Main Street,” there’s no doubt that these 12 amazing streets serve as the community center of excitement, shopping, dining and entertainment in each of these remarkable locations around the world.
Bring your wallet and a comfortable pair of shoes to Shanghai, because Nanjing Road is the longest shopping road in the world measuring in at 6-kilometers long. With over 600 businesses ranging from silk, jade and embroidered goods to Mont Blanc, Tiffany & Company and one of the most diverse arrays of eateries, theaters and attractions in the world, you’re guaranteed to find everything you didn’t know you needed on Nanjing Road.
There’s no better street to walk and admire the history of Barcelona than 1.2-kilometer-long La Rambla. Since the street’s creation in 1766, it has won the hearts of locals and tourists alike as the only road with enough space and greenery for visitors to relax and merely stroll. Countless florists, newsstands, theaters, street artists, boutiques and markets line the streets in hopes of attracting La Rambla’s sea of walkers.
One of Bangkok’s most famed streets, the 1-kilometer-long Khao San Road, which was one a rice marketplace, is now jam-packed with budget-friendly places to stay, trendy bars, a melting pot of restaurants, unique shops, tattoo parlors and countless other attractions that draw visitors from around the world. Don’t let the distracting neon lights and convenience stores lure you away from the road’s incredible handicrafts and street foods.
Widely known as the most beautiful street in the world, Champs Elysees is overflowing with luxurious shops, historic monuments (including the famous Arc de Triomphe), high-end accommodations, boutiques and enough cafes and eateries to fill an entire week of your Paris vacation.
Anything goes on Bourbon Street, and that’s what makes it one of the most exciting streets in the world with live music shaking the walls of nearly every restaurant and bar, and beaded Mardi Gras partiers and burlesque dancers lining the streets long after Fat Tuesday has passed. Visitors love checking their inhibitions at the door and letting loose on this outrageous street in New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood.
Singapore’s premier shopping, entertainment, night clubs and dining destinations lie on Orchard Road — one of Singapore’s most famous tourist attractions and a favorite among locals too. Not only is the President of Singapore’s home (the Istana) located on this preeminent street, it’s home to a variety of world-famous establishments and elaborate Christmas decorations that attract visitors in droves.
Whether you’re searching for spices, silks, crepes, chickens, pearls, gold or just about any souvenir or street food in the book, you’ll find it at Chandni Chowk in Delhi. Be prepared for absolutely insane crowds, but keep your eye on the light at the end of the tunnel — the gorgeous Jama Masjid Mosque.
When you’re looking for a historic street to wander, Nevsky Proskpekt in St. Petersburg, Russia — planned by Peter the Great — should be at the top of your bucket list. Nevsky Prospekt is lined with royal palaces, cathedrals and monuments, and the street is so prolific that it was depicted by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in his famous novel Crime and Punishment.
Also known as “The Main,” Boulevard Saint Laurent is the 11.25-kilometer link between a variety of Montreal’s favorite boroughs from Ville-Marie to Rue Somerville. Not only is The Main home to some of Montreal’s favorite shops, restaurants, festivals and street fairs, it’s actually a National Historic Site of Canada as a link between Chinatown, Little Italy, the Seaport and a number of Montreal’s vibrant ethnic communities.
Abbey Road didn’t gain its fame until the Beatles released their final album Abbey Road with the iconic photo of John, Paul, George and Ringo making their way across a crosswalk on north London’s Abbey Road. Abbey Road Studios is still located on this legendary road in St. John’s Wood, and it remains the single most famous recording studio in the world.
Eccentric personalities mesh with chic restaurants and beach bums at the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Not only can you dine, shop and drink, you can visit fortune tellers, applaud street performers, work out at Muscle Beach, pay to catch a glimpse of a two-headed turtle or simply admire the white sands of Venice Beach.
Walk the nearly 3-kilometer distance of Istiklal Street gazing at the vibrant buildings, bookstores, secret passages, cinemas, chestnut vendors, concerts, clubs and wide variety of street food, then take a moment to admire the Monument of the Republic in Taksim Square before taking the historic red trolley back to your starting place. The sheer amount of people who walk Istikal Street every day is proof enough that it’s one of the world’s greatest streets.