Street in Canada tops ‘world’s coolest’ for 2022

When it comes to fashion, street style has just as much prestige as runway style; in fact, there are dozens of blogs and Instagram accounts dedicated to chronicling the best streetwear looks.

That’s because urban chic always began on the street, where people of all kinds of classes and backgrounds can mingle on the way to work, school, home and entertainment.

This year, Time Out, the media and hospitality brand that publishes local guides to some of the world’s coolest cities, has released its second annual roundup of the world’s coolest streets.

More than a neighborhood, a single street can define the culture of a city.

“In most of the world, pre-pandemic life has returned with a vengeance. With people enthusiastically making plans and heading out back to their own cities and on city breaks,” James Manning, Time Out’s travel editor, said in a statement. “Our list of the coolest streets in the world includes the key streets that informed locals, including our editors and expert contributors, recommend walking right now.”

This year’s list has 33 streets, three more than the inaugural roundup in 2021. It also includes several new cities, including Taipei, Mumbai, Athens and Accra.

NORTH AMERICA

Top of this year’s list is Rue Wellington, in Montreal’s Verdun neighborhood.

Time Out Canada editor Laura Osborne says the street has “cool cocktail bars, stellar brunch spots, some of the best sandwiches in town and even a sandy urban beach,” plus it’s set to become pedestrian-only in 2023, which will certainly add more points.

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“We know that this main street, also known as Promenade Wellington, has been reinventing itself in original and creative ways for many years, and it’s really exciting to see how Verdun continues to shine,” said Yves Lalumière, president and CEO of Tourisme Montreal. , he told CNN Travel.

While the United States didn’t come out on top, the United States can be sure it has the most streets on the list: Miami’s Eighth Street, New York City’s MacDougal Street (home to perennial favorite cocktail bar Dante) and Chicago’s Wentworth. Avenue all make the cut.

Mexico’s representative on the list is Avenida Amsterdam in the trendy Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Five of the 10 main streets are in this region.

Melbourne, Australia topped the 2021 list with Smith Street, but fell to second place this year. The city’s Gertrude Street made the list, with Eliza Campbell of Time Out Australia describing it as “beautiful, unassuming, and devoid of the riotous nightlife of her comparatively noisy siblings of hers”.

In seventh place is Tai Ping Shan, a neighborhood within a neighborhood on the main island of Hong Kong.

CNN Digital Producer Rhea Mogul, who lives down the street, reports that the best things about living there are the dog-friendly cafes and the “great mix of old and new.” Tai Ping means “peace and stability” in Cantonese, while Shan means “hill”.

A big debut for 2022 is Taipei’s Yongkang Street, which is home to beloved craft beer makers Zhang Men Brewing.

“We integrated various resources to promote this neighborhood to international tourists, and we are very happy that it is on the list,” Huang Shih-fang, director of the Taiwan tourism board’s international affairs division, told CNN. “We hope to bring tourists back to the area once the border opens.”

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EUROPE

Time Out, which is based in London, seemed close to home for some of its selections this year. The coolest street in the British capital in 2022 is Deptford High Street, a mix of street stalls, markets, shops, bars and more, which Time Out editor Chris Waywell says isn’t just London’s coolest street , but also the “liveliest”.

Further north, Glasgow’s Great Western Road is the highest entrance in the UK, at number three.

And the Danish metropolis of Copenhagen, which CNN Travel crowned “the new European capital of fashion” last year, ranks fifth. Værnedamsvej street was dubbed a “mini Paris” by the editors of Time Out, due to the wine and cheese shops and fresh flowers. That has to hurt Paris, who isn’t really on the list.

Other European streets making the 2022 list include Kolokotroni in Athens, Calle Echegaray in Madrid and Capel Street in Dublin.

Of the last of those three, Dublin-based travel writer Nicola Brady says that Capel, which rhymes with “maple,” “feels like a proper slice of old Dublin.”

He adds that the street, which became pedestrianized earlier this year, has “little hardware stores and pubs that have been there for decades along with great Korean and Vietnamese restaurants that are newer on the scene.”

THE COMPLETE LIST

  1. Wellington Street, Montreal
  2. Gertrude Street, Melbourne
  3. Great Western Highway, Glasgow
  4. Yongkang Street, Taipei
  5. Vaernedamsvej, Copenhagen
  6. Karangahape Street, Auckland
  7. Tai Ping Shan Street, Hong Kong
  8. Yaowarat Street, Bangkok
  9. Oranienstrasse, Berlin
  10. Hayes Street, San Francisco
  11. Amsterdam Avenue, Mexico City
  12. Kolokotroni, Athens
  13. Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles
  14. Ossington Avenue, Toronto
  15. Via Provenza, Medellin
  16. Eighth Street, Miami
  17. Deptford High Street, London
  18. Flowers Square, Lisbon
  19. Oxford Street, Accra
  20. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago
  21. Courtroom 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 Street, Istanbul
  28. Echegaray Street, Madrid
  29. MacDougal Street, New York
  30. Count Borrell Street, Barcelona
  31. Newbury Street, Boston
  32. Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
  33. Everton Road, Singapore
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