Famous streets in the world are so because of the landmarks associated with them. Although roads lead to destinations, not all roads have the authenticity to call themselves “famous”. Be it the famous Louvre in Paris or the Historic Buckingham Palace in London, some roads are lucky to be able to lead the humanity towards some of man’s mind-blowing creations that speak volumes of a culture’s history as well as modernization. But if you want to know how yesterday’s history and today’s modern culture are mixing, then you have to stop by some of the famous streets and boulevards that highlight the rich culture of the location as well as bring to you some of the high end fashion and shopping experiences around the world. Top yaps present to you the Top Ten Famous Streets in the World that ought to be visited once in a lifetime.
10. Abbey Road, London:
Located in the borough of Camden and the City of Westminster, London, Abbey Road is best known for 1969 Beatles album, “The Abbey Road”. The Abbey Road studio is located at the south-eastern end of the Abbey Street and this was where the Beatles recorded most of their fabulous music. The Abbey road is the final album of the Beatles, which features the Beatles walking down the Zebra Cross just outside the studio. The Beatles song as well as this final album cover of theirs has become so famous that even to this day, many tourists come down to Abbey road just to create their own personal Abbey Road album cover, as a tribute to the Beatles.
9. Road to Giza, Cairo, Egypt:
Giza, a city on its own, houses the famous Egyptian pyramids and hence it is popularly known as the “Pyramids of Giza”. Since Giza holds one of the ancient wonders of the world, the road leading to this amazing place is just as famous. This road is as ancient as the pyramids and tops the oldest known road in the world, linking back to over 4,600 years in history. The road is about 7.5 miles long six and 6.5 feet wide, which can be considered as a pretty wide road during those days since constructing a wide road in the ancient times was quite a challenge without today’s technology. But being in the desert, this road has helped out millions of travellers who journeyed far and wide to get a glimpse of the pyramids.
8. Champs-Elysees, Paris:
Famous for its crunchy cafés and special luxury shops, Champs-Elysees is one of the most expensive and beautiful avenues of Paris and the world. This street stretches between the French monuments Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. The beautiful chestnut tree-lined street was built in 1616 by Marie de Medicis with an intention to create a peaceful and friendly environment. And hence the Greek word Elusia- a place where Heroes can relax after a tough war. Today, this famous street is lined with expensive designer shops and haute couture boutiques where the tourists can indulge in expensive shopping bonanzas. They can also relax and sip espressos or cappuccinos at one of the many cafés lining the pavements. Now, who wouldn’t want to do that right in the middle of the fashion capital?
7. Chandni Chowk, Delhi:
Chandni Chowk is one of the largest and oldest wholesale markets of India. The road to Chandni Chowk starts from the Lahori Darwaza or the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort and twists and turns its way towards Fatepuri Masjid. This represents the epitome of crowded, chaotic and busy lives of people walking the paths of this historic street. The streets bustles with activities as various buyers, sellers and wholesale merchants sell spices, sweets, condiments, bridal jewelry and accessories, sarees, slippers and shoes, electronic items and even fire-crackers for festive occasions. All in all, Chandni Chowk may not be as luxurious as the other famous streets around the world but it speaks volumes of India’s traditional past through its veteran infrastructure.
6. Ginza, Tokyo:
Ginza tops the list of most expensive and lavish shopping districts in the world. It’s not exactly a single street as it stretches for over eight blocks. Ginza is famously recognized for segregating the highest number of western shops in Tokyo. Some of the prominent shops that meet the window shopper’s eye are Chanel, Abercrombie & Fitch, Gucci, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton. Hence it makes a living paradise for Tokyo’s fashion victims. So are you up for a shopping spree here? If so, prepare to witness the magic of the vanishing wallet!
5. Fifth Avenue, New York City:
When you are in NYC and the first name that pops into your head when you hear the word “shopping” is Fifth Avenue. New York’s famous Fifth Avenue is considered as one of the most popular shopping destinations in the world. This famous street stretches from Washington Square to the 143rd Street. So come along and indulge in a ‘shop till you drop’ experience as this is a shopping paradise fit for men and women alike who have an eye for fashion. One can find some of the top branded stores like Bergdorf-Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace and even the famous Apple store. So ladies and gentlemen, if you want to shop here, be prepared to burn a noticeable hole in your purse and wallets!
4. Wall Street, New York:
Wall Street is an eight block long street that runs downhill from Broadway to the South Street on the East River. This financial district of New York is famous for its history being written over and over. It is also used as a metonym for every American big business and stock marketing and trading. It is called as the home of the New York Stock Exchange. It was named after a wall that the Dutch built in the 17th century after buying the land from the natives. Thus for over a hundred years, Wall Street has been recognized as the world capital of finance in stock exchange and other financial businesses. So hit this street if you are a big businessman a.k.a; a Wall Street material!
3. Lombard Street, San Francisco:
Fondly known as the “Crookedest” street in the world, the Lombard street stretches between the Hyde and Leavenworth streets in San Francisco. This one-block portion of the Lombard Street consists of eight hair-pin bends that are surrounded by a beautifully maintained garden hedges and flowers. The main idea behind this creation was to reduce the hills natural steep slope. Apart from the hair-pin bends, this street offers a magnificent view of the San Francisco bay and The Rock (where dwells the prison called Alcatraz!). Since the curves and the slopes offer an opening arm for accidental hazards, the speed limit in this section is a mere 5 mph (8 kmph).
2. Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas:
Yes, that’s right! We have now arrived at the world’s famous gambling town. The Las Vegas Strip is an approximately 6.8 km stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South in Clark County, Nevada. Most of the famous casinos are concentrated along the Strip and these gambling joints often have themes that take mere gambling or card playing to the next level. The Strip provides an eye-popping modern infrastructure with its lavish Casino Hotels, where each hotel competes with the other with its luxurious in-house hospitality and attention to detail to provide the tourists an ethereal time of their lives. So if you are at the Strip, make sure you lose some in order to gain a lot more and not the other way round!
1. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles:
Hollywood’s famous star-lit boulevard provides a tribute to all the iconic starlets of Hollywood Film Industry. The streets consists of more than 2,400 five-pointed brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along with the name and hand prints of all the famous icons all along the fifteen blocks of Hollywood Street and even the three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The streets bears the name of a mix generation of actors, musicians, bands, directors, producers, fictional characters and many others who have left their mark behind the screens.