World’s coolest streets ranked by Time Out: Montreal’s Rue Wellington is top, Glasgow’s A82 is third

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The world’s coolest streets have been named by Time Out – and it’s ‘bustling’ Rue Wellington in Montreal, Canada, that takes the top spot.

It’s followed by Melbourne’s ‘beautiful’ Gertrude Street in second place and a ‘buzzing’ section of the A82 in Glasgow in third place. The highest-ranking U.S street is in San Francisco.

The 33-strong ranking – compiled from a survey of more than 20,000 international city-dwellers and the thoughts of Time Out’s global editorial team – sets out to ‘shine a spotlight on some of the most culturally-vibrant and dynamic microcosms of cities globally’. Scroll down to see the results in full… 

1. Rue Wellington, Montreal

The world’s coolest street is Rue Wellington (above) in Montreal, according to Time Out. The annual ranking sets out to ‘shine a spotlight on some of the most culturally vibrant and dynamic microcosms of cities globally’

The world’s coolest street is Rue Wellington (above) in Montreal, according to Time Out. The annual ranking sets out to ‘shine a spotlight on some of the most culturally vibrant and dynamic microcosms of cities globally’

Gold medal winner Rue Wellington, which lies in the Montreal borough of Verdun, offers ‘killer cocktail bars, stellar brunch spots, some of the best sandwiches in town and even a sandy urban beach’, according to Time Out.

It continues: ‘From a sparkling new French bistro, Paname, to cult cafe Lili & Oli, this picturesque, bustling street in southwestern Montreal is home to almost 200 businesses, including a brand new local bagel shop. Come summer, the promenade becomes pedestrian-only, with a free tuk-tuk service to get you from one end to the next. Does it get any cooler than that?’

The guide recommends eating at Paname or grabbing a ‘kickass’ sandwich from Bossa before drinking cocktails on the ‘swish patio’ of Bar Palco.

2. Gertrude Street, Melbourne

Time Out says that second-place Gertrude Street, which can be found in the Fitzroy area of Melbourne, 'feels impossibly leafy, slow and peaceful'

Time Out says that second-place Gertrude Street, which can be found in the Fitzroy area of Melbourne, ‘feels impossibly leafy, slow and peaceful’

Time Out describes Gertrude Street, set in the Fitzroy area of Melbourne, as ‘beautiful’ and ‘unassuming’, noting that it has a ‘wealth of independent retail, drinking and dining joints’.

The guide says: ‘Despite its proximity to the city centre, this 850-metre (2,788ft) stretch feels impossibly leafy, slow and peaceful. Surrounded by heritage-listed facades (and a distinct lack of non-permit parking), Gertrude maintains a very locals-only, if-you-know-you-know kind of energy.

‘Like the people who live on and around it, it’s almost annoyingly cool. Almost.’

If you’re stuck for things to do there, the guide recommends heading for an ‘Italian-leaning’ dinner at the Art Deco restaurant Poodle before treating yourself to a cocktail at Everleigh.

3. Great Western Road, Glasgow

Third place is scooped up by a portion of the Great Western Road in Glasgow. Above is a shop on the street - Jimmy Egypt and Sons Musical Instruments

Third place is scooped up by a portion of the Great Western Road in Glasgow. Above is a shop on the street – Jimmy Egypt and Sons Musical Instruments

The bronze medal goes to the Great Western Road in Glasgow, which forms part of the A82.

The section that wins the road third place in the ranking runs from Botanic Gardens to St George’s Cross junction.

Time Out says that this section is ‘abuzz morning through night with all from latte-sipping mums and dads to students and full-on hipsters’.

It reveals: ‘Here you’ll find everything from inexpensive Neapolitan pizzas and beer schooners at Paesano to thrift shopping at Glasgow Vintage Co, West and Duds; riverside craft brews at Inn Deep to sweaty basement gigs at the Hug and Pint; late-night pours at Oran Mor to hangover-busting coffees and breakfast burritos at Papercup.’

The guide recommends trying the ‘exquisite’ tasting menu at ‘Michelin star decorated’ Cail Bruich for £125, or heading for pints at the ‘living-room sized proper wee pub’ The Belle.

4. Yongkang Street, Taipei

Taipei's Yongkang Street (pictured), which ranks fourth, has an 'individualised vibe with an artisan edge'

Taipei’s Yongkang Street (pictured), which ranks fourth, has an ‘individualised vibe with an artisan edge’

‘There’s nowhere else in Taipei quite like Yongkang Street, a mellow lane in the genteel Dongmen neighbourhood packed with excellent restaurants, holes-in-the-wall sizzling with traditional fried snacks, decadent dessert parlours, upmarket boutiques and historical tea rooms with all the ceremonial trappings,’ says Time Out.

It continues: ‘Foodie reputation aside, Yongkang has ditched chain-store blandness for an individualised vibe with an artisan edge: witness its local carpenter, traditional pharmacy and jewellery workshops.’

The guide recommends sampling shaved ice desserts from Smoothie House, nursing craft beers in the garden of Zhang Men Brewing and picking up some ‘alternative’ gifts at the street’s Littdlework shop.

5. Vaernedamsvej, Copenhagen

Time Out recommends dropping by the natural wine bar Falernum, pictured, on a visit to fifth-place Vaernedamsvej in Copenhagen. Image courtesy of Creative Commons

Time Out recommends dropping by the natural wine bar Falernum, pictured, on a visit to fifth-place Vaernedamsvej in Copenhagen. Image courtesy of Creative Commons 

You’ll find this street – ‘a hub of cool’ – in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro neighbourhood.

‘With its fresh flowers, cute boutiques, wine bars, cheese shops and even a French lycee [school], it’s something of a mini-Paris in the Danish capital,’ Time Out reveals.

The guide has a few tips for where to eat and drink on the street – try the ‘towering seafood platter’ at Les Trois Cochons and sip on natural wine at Falernum, ‘a newish institution renowned for its minimal-intervention winemaking process’.

It adds that if you drop by Granola for a coffee, you ‘might get chatting to a florist, a cook, a cheesemonger, a wine enthusiast – or even a celeb, such is the draw of Vaernedamsvej’.

6. Karangahape Road, Auckland

'Every door leads to something very different' on Auckland's Karangahape Road, a street that lands sixth in the ranking

‘Every door leads to something very different’ on Auckland’s Karangahape Road, a street that lands sixth in the ranking 

‘Karangahape Road – known to Aucklanders simply as “K Road” – is the city’s bohemian heart and the home of a diverse and expressive community of artists, musicians, and creatives,’ says Time Out.

It continues: ‘Its red-light history, coupled with the more recent additions of art galleries and hip cafes in its heritage buildings, gives it plenty of character: every door leads to something very different. Gay clubs, speakeasy-style bars and cabarets sit alongside thrift stores, secondhand book shops and independent record stores.’

Check out the road’s street-art murals, shop for vintage clothes at Crushes and Smoove, and stop for Italian food at ‘local favourite’ Cotto.

Time Out adds that the street comes ‘into its own’ at night – ‘live music venues The Wine Cellar, Whammy Bar, and Neck of the Woods are favourite haunts for music-lovers’, it says.

7. Tai Ping Shan Street, Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Tai Ping Shan Street - seventh in the ranking - is a 'cool bohemian enclave dotted with trendy cafés, independent shops and old and new eateries'

Hong Kong’s Tai Ping Shan Street – seventh in the ranking – is a ‘cool bohemian enclave dotted with trendy cafés, independent shops and old and new eateries’

HOW TIME OUT’S ‘WORLD’S COOLEST STREETS’ RANKING WAS COMPILED

The ranking was composed based on a survey of more than 20,000 global city residents, who were ‘asked to nominate their city’s coolest street’. To put together the final ranking, Time Out’s international editorial team narrowed down the selections, ‘factoring in food, drink, fun, art, culture, nightlife and community vibes’.

This year’s list comes as people are ‘getting out and experiencing the best of cities again’, says Time Out.

James Manning, Travel Editor at Time Out, explains: ‘In most of the world, pre-pandemic life has returned with a bang. With people excitedly making plans and going out in their own cities and on city breaks again, our list of the Coolest Streets in the World takes in the key thoroughfares which clued-up locals – including our expert editors and contributors – recommend strolling down right now.’

New cities to enter the ranking include Auckland, Athens, Toronto, Taipei, Glasgow, Manchester, Accra in Ghana, Mumbai and Medellin in Colombia. Of these destinations, Manning adds: ‘These are some of the cities whose burgeoning nightlife, culture, food and drink scenes we are extra excited about right now. We recommend adding these cities and their coolest streets to your “must-visit” list, pronto.’

For more information on the ranking, visit www.timeout.com/things-to-do/coolest-streets-in-the-world.

‘Tai Ping Shan is a historic micro-neighbourhood embedded in Sheung Wan, one of the oldest but also one of the most dynamic districts in Hong Kong,’ Time Out explains.

It continues: ‘The street at its centre was the city’s first Chinese settlement, but today it’s been transformed into a cool bohemian enclave dotted with trendy cafes, independent shops and old and new eateries – many of which are housed inside tenement buildings, rubbing shoulders with some of Hong Kong’s oldest and most historically significant temples.’

Wondering what to do while you’re there? Time Out advises visiting several old temples in the area, before tucking into ‘contemporary Nordic fine dining’ at Embla or sipping on artisanal teas in ‘hip but tranquil’ Ho-ah.

8. Yaowarat Road, Bangkok

You'll find temples, restaurants, markets and legions of acupuncturists and dispensers of Chinese medicine on a visit to Yaowarat Road (above) in Bangkok. The street is eighth in the ranking

You’ll find temples, restaurants, markets and legions of acupuncturists and dispensers of Chinese medicine on a visit to Yaowarat Road (above) in Bangkok. The street is eighth in the ranking

Describing this street, Time Out says: ‘One of Bangkok’s oldest thoroughfares, with a history that dates back to the city’s foundation, Yaowarat Road winds and curves through Bangkok’s riverside Chinatown.’

It continues: ‘Lined with neon signs and bustling day or night, this cultural hub is home to temples, restaurants, markets and legions of acupuncturists and dispensers of Chinese medicine. It’s been a street food lovers’ favourite for generations, but lately, the area has seen cool galleries and high-end restaurants move in too, keeping Yaowarat as relevant and culturally diverse as the day it was paved.’

Pay a visit to the ‘buzzy contemporary art space’ of Over the Influence, dine on Thai-Chinese fusion cuisine at Potong, or drink ‘delicious, mindfully-brewed tea’ at the Double Dogs Tea Room, Time Out recommends.

9. Oranienstrasse, Berlin

Oranienstrasse, a street in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighbourhood, is known as a 'popular nightlife hub for locals and tourists alike’

Oranienstrasse, a street in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighbourhood, is known as a ‘popular nightlife hub for locals and tourists alike’

Oranienstrasse, a street that runs through Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighbourhood, ‘is famed for its fresh Turkish food and lively cocktail bars, all wedged between extensive mid-century flats that were rebuilt after much of the street was devastated in WWII’.

The street is a ‘key site’ for ‘local political demonstrations and protests all year round’, Time Out notes.  

The guide advises making the most of ‘Oranienstrasse being a popular nightlife hub for locals and tourists alike’ by paying a visit to venues such as Roses or Cafe Luzia.

It also suggests feasting on ‘majestic’ fast food from Angry Chicken and investing in hardcore and punk records from Coretex Records.

10. Hayes Street, San Francisco

Hayes Valley in San Francisco, which lands 10th in the ranking, boasts 'some of the city’s most exciting restaurant openings and trendiest storefronts'

Hayes Valley in San Francisco, which lands 10th in the ranking, boasts ‘some of the city’s most exciting restaurant openings and trendiest storefronts’

This street is the main drag of Hayes Valley – ‘one of San Francisco’s trendiest neighbourhoods’, according to Time Out.

The guide says: ‘Hayes Street meshes old San Francisco – with its quirky shops and long-time eateries – with some of the city’s most exciting restaurant openings and trendiest storefronts.

‘Once you’re done trawling the boutiques, where you can splurge on everything from clothing and jewellery to home goods and gifts, end your Hayes Street spree with a drink at a charming wine bar or a bite to eat on a sidewalk patio.’

What are Time Out’s hot tips for the street? Shop at the ‘local favourite’ gift store Rare Device, eat a ‘casual lunch’ at Mano and pick up a take-out coffee from Ritual Coffee.

U.S. HAS 6 OF THE 33 COOLEST STREETS IN THE WORLD, ACCORDING TO TIME OUT 

HAYES STREET SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco's Hayes Street came in as the world's 10th coolest street in 2022. The street is the heart of Hayes Valley, a hip area of the city that was hit hard during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but has reemerged since stores and restaurants were allowed to reopen. Pictured on a rainy day, situated in the North of Panhandle (NoPA) neighborhood. People cross at the intersection of Divisadero Street and Hayes Street, February 19, 2017

HAYES STREET SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco’s Hayes Street came in as the world’s 10th coolest street in 2022. The street is the heart of Hayes Valley, a hip area of the city that was hit hard during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but has reemerged since stores and restaurants were allowed to reopen. Pictured on a rainy day, situated in the North of Panhandle (NoPA) neighborhood. People cross at the intersection of Divisadero Street and Hayes Street, February 19, 2017

VIRGIL AVENUE LOS ANGELES: A second California street came in next on the ranking for U.S. cities. Los Angeles' Virgil Avenue, situated just south of the neighborhoods Los Feliz and west of Silverlake, came in at number 13. The popular street is home to trendy restaurants, including Sqirl cafe, which attracts many neighborhood patrons, as seen here on April 22, 2015 in Los Angeles

VIRGIL AVENUE LOS ANGELES: A second California street came in next on the ranking for U.S. cities. Los Angeles’ Virgil Avenue, situated just south of the neighborhoods Los Feliz and west of Silverlake, came in at number 13. The popular street is home to trendy restaurants, including Sqirl cafe, which attracts many neighborhood patrons, as seen here on April 22, 2015 in Los Angeles

CALLE OCHO MIAMI FLORIDA: At number 16 is Miami's Calle Ocho. The street is the heartbeat of Little Havana, an enclave for Cuban immigrants. The street has been immune to changes that have altered other parts of the bustling Florida city, maintaining its charm and many longtime institutions such as the beloved artisanal dessert shop Azucar. Pictured, cars driving on Calle Ocho in Little Havana

CALLE OCHO MIAMI FLORIDA: At number 16 is Miami’s Calle Ocho. The street is the heartbeat of Little Havana, an enclave for Cuban immigrants. The street has been immune to changes that have altered other parts of the bustling Florida city, maintaining its charm and many longtime institutions such as the beloved artisanal dessert shop Azucar. Pictured, cars driving on Calle Ocho in Little Havana 

WENTWORTH AVENUE CHICAGO ILLINOIS: The next U.S. street on the list can be found in a distinctly northern city, but is made special by its Asian influence. Wentworth Avenue in the center of Chinatown, Chicago, continues to expand with a variety of cuisines and shops, despite Chicago's waning Chinese population overall

WENTWORTH AVENUE CHICAGO ILLINOIS: The next U.S. street on the list can be found in a distinctly northern city, but is made special by its Asian influence. Wentworth Avenue in the center of Chinatown, Chicago, continues to expand with a variety of cuisines and shops, despite Chicago’s waning Chinese population overall

MACDOUGAL STREET NEW YORK CITY: Amongst New York City's many vibrant streets, Time Out has singled out MacDougal Street in Manhattan's West Village as the 29th coolest street in the world. The busy street is jam-packed with restaurants, bars, and world-famous entertainment venues, including the Blue Note jazz club and Comedy Cellar. Pictured, a taxi drives down MacDougal Street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village

MACDOUGAL STREET NEW YORK CITY: Amongst New York City’s many vibrant streets, Time Out has singled out MacDougal Street in Manhattan’s West Village as the 29th coolest street in the world. The busy street is jam-packed with restaurants, bars, and world-famous entertainment venues, including the Blue Note jazz club and Comedy Cellar. Pictured, a taxi drives down MacDougal Street in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village

NEWBURY STREET BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS: Last but not least, another northeastern city rounds out the list of U.S. cities at number 31. Boston's Newbury Street shopping district in the Back Bay area of the city's downtown is noted for having the 'best new restaurants, funkiest speakeasies and chic-est boutique hotels,' according to Time Out, making it 'one of the liveliest places to spend a night out in the city'

NEWBURY STREET BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS: Last but not least, another northeastern city rounds out the list of U.S. cities at number 31. Boston’s Newbury Street shopping district in the Back Bay area of the city’s downtown is noted for having the ‘best new restaurants, funkiest speakeasies and chic-est boutique hotels,’ according to Time Out, making it ‘one of the liveliest places to spend a night out in the city’

 

THE 33 COOLEST STREETS IN THE WORLD, ACCORDING TO TIME OUT

1. Rue Wellington, Montreal

2. Gertrude Street, Melbourne

3. Great Western Road, Glasgow

4. Yongkang Street, Taipei

5. Vaernedamsvej, Copenhagen

6. Karangahape Road, Auckland

7. Tai Ping Shan Street, Hong Kong

8. Yaowarat Road, Bangkok

9. Oranienstrasse, Berlin

10. Hayes Street, San Francisco

11. Avenida Amsterdam, Mexico City

12. Kolokotroni, Athens

13. Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles

14. Ossington Avenue, Toronto

15. Via Provenza, Medellín

16. Calle Ocho, Miami

Source: Time Out 

17. Deptford High Street, London

18. Praca das Flores, Lisbon

19. Oxford Street, Accra

20. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago

21. Cutting Room Square, Manchester

22. Capel Street, Dublin

23. Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

24. Enmore Road, Sydney

25. Kagurazaka, Tokyo

26. Kloof Street, Cape Town

27. Suleyman Seba Caddesi, Istanbul

28. Calle Echegaray, Madrid

29. MacDougal Street, New York

30. Carrer del Comte Borrell, Barcelona

31. Newbury Street, Boston

32. Colaba Causeway, Mumbai

33. Everton Road, Singapore



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