Most beautiful streets in 10 European cities
The New York Times has selected the most beautiful streets in ten European cities, based on the preferences of a number of collaborators that live in Europe. Among these streets, there are some famous avenues but also some undiscovered and unknown ones.
You should be sure to visit them as they combine great things to do and places to eat or shop, with their beauty and sense of history. It’s not a list, because they’re all wonderful in different ways. What’s your favourite?
1) Milan: Ripa di Porta Ticinese – In the early evening friendly greetings begin ringing out along Ingrid Williams’ favourite street, which runs along the canal’s southern bank. The worn cobblestones are now home to a string of bars and cafes where groups of friends gather to make “aperitivo”.
2) Paris: Rue de Charonne – Paris has a street for every mood and mission, but if you are looking for a street where you can find outfits for every occasion, then head to Rue de Charonne. It is a narrow street with 20th century buildings full of cafes, friendly small bars and vintage stores.
3) Prague: Krymska Street – A short downhill lane in the residential neighborhood of Vrsovice, a mile southeast from the Old Town. One of the liveliest streets in Prague, Krymska rapidly became a cultural and social centre: a handful of galleries, cafes, bars where to gather.
4) Bern: Grosser Muristalden – Journalist Tim Neville thinks that seen from a distance this street doesn’t look like much, especially against the arcades and alleyways of a city as pleasing as Bern. There are no shops and no museums, just the evolving views of Switzerland’s most beautiful city framed by giant trees. To truly appreciate the Grosser Muristalden, you should just walk along it.
5) Berlin: Rudesheimer Strasse – Sited in a sprawling residential quarter in western Berlin, this neighbourhood has one major asset: a number of attractive streets and squares, classic jewels of Mitteleuropa.
6) San Sebastian: Calle 31 de Agosto – This city on the northern coast of Spain is renowned for its cuisine, the backbone of which is the pintxo. And the highest concentration of pintxo bars is in the Parte Vieja, a compact grid of stone-paved pedestrian streets at the foot of Monte Urgull.
7) London: Pimlico Road – London’s premier design district is the capital’s must-visit destination for those seeking the most tasteful and unusual furnishings, artworks and antiques.
8) Lisbon: Rua Nova do Carvalho – All types walk the street, which has been closed to traffic, painted a cheerful shade of pink and elevated into Lisbon’s most bustling new party strip, thanks to a combination of enterprising bar owners and municipal action.
9) Madrid: Calle Zurbano – Andrew Ferren assures us that it’s one of the city’s best addresses, like Park Avenue in Manhattan, a street lined with palatial homes, five-star hotels and fine restaurants. Calle Zurbano connects trendy Chueca and Salesas in the city’s centre with the high-rise business hub farther north, giving the street a great mix of 20th century buildings.
10) Istanbul: Itfaiye Caddesi – In the shadow of the stone arches of the Romans’ monumental Valens Aqueduct, this street is a world away from the bustle of a rapidly changing Istanbul. Decades ago, an influx of mainly Kurdish people set about opening butcher shops, spice shops and cafes here and around the pedestrian area in the Fatih district.
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