Named the ‘coolest streets in the world right now’ by Time Out, with Melbourne’s Smith Street No1

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Time Out has released a top 30 ranking of ‘the coolest streets in the world’ – and Smith Street in Melbourne has been awarded the coveted number 1 spot.

The runner-up in the list is Passeig de Sant Joan in Barcelona and London’s South Bank is in third place. In fourth place is Havana’s San Isidro and Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles rounds out the top five.

A first for Time Out, the list was compiled by a global survey of more than 27,000 residents who were each asked to nominate the coolest street in their city. Time Out’s “expert local editors and writers” added their thoughts to create a ranking that “celebrates the great local businesses and communities that make our cities and streets exciting.”

Smith Street in Melbourne, the number 1 in Time Out's 'coolest streets in the world' ranking Out

Smith Street in Melbourne, the number 1 in Time Out’s ‘coolest streets in the world’ ranking Out

Barcelona's Passeig de Sant Joan is the silver medalist in Time Out's coolest street list, thanks in part to its 'stylish restaurants' and 'great collection of comic book stores'

Barcelona’s Passeig de Sant Joan is the silver medalist in Time Out’s coolest street list, thanks in part to its ‘stylish restaurants’ and ‘great collection of comic book stores’

Time Out said of Melbourne’s Smith Street: “[It’s] a bustling, lively place full of independent pubs, wine bars, restaurants and more. Live music and a range of nightlife make this an exciting place to get under the skin of Melbourne – once the lockdown is relaxed.”

Silver medalist Passeig de Sant Joan has been praised for its pedestrian and bike-friendly layout, “stylish restaurants” and “great collection of comic book stores called the “manga triangle.”

Strictly speaking an area, but best known for its bustling Thameside path, South Bank in third place has been hailed as ‘the ideal place to stroll and take in some of London’s main attractions, including some of London’s world’s most iconic theaters and art galleries’. Time Out adds: ‘The food market, pop-ups and the famous skate park are all reasons to spend a day strolling along the Thames.’

THE WORLD’S 30 COOLEST STREETS AS OF NOW

1. Smith Street, Melbourne

2. Passeig de Sant Joan, Barcelona

3. South Bank, London

4. San Isidro, Havana

5. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

6. Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam

7. Rua Tres Rios, Sao Paulo

8. Haji Lane, Singapore

9. Rodrigues de Faria Street, Lisbon

10. Thames Street, Buenos Aires

11. Krizikova Street, Prague

12. 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

13. Cat Street, Tokyo

14. 30th Avenue, New York

15. Levinsky Street, Tel Aviv

16. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

17. Gran Via, Madrid

18. Calle Ocho, Miami

19. King Street, Sydney

20. Rua de Miguel Bombarda, Porto

21. Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City

22. Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town

23. Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

24. Rue Tiquetonne, Paris

25. Mariannenstrase, Berlin

26. José Gálvez Street, Lima

27. Seaport Boulevard, Boston

28. Jægersborggade, Copenhagen

29. Allen Avenue, Lagos

30. Star Street, Hong Kong

Source: Time-out

South Bank in third place was hailed as 'the ideal place to walk and take in some of London's top sights'

South Bank in third place was hailed as ‘the ideal place to walk and take in some of London’s top sights’

Pictured is the fourth coolest street in the world, according to Time Out - San Isidro in Havana

Pictured is the fourth coolest street in the world, according to Time Out – San Isidro in Havana

San Isidro, meanwhile, has been praised for its “great street art” and for alfresco dining and cocktail ordering, and Sunset Boulevard in fifth place was described as “a 22-mile stretch.” [that] attracts visitors from all walks of life and leads you from the leafy coastline to the ever bustling Hollywood media district’.

In sixth place is Rotterdam’s Witte de Withstraat, which is ‘buzzing with activity from dawn to dusk’ and ‘filled with great galleries, respected restaurants and, in normal times… also the best club nights’.

Sao Paulo’s ‘fast-evolving’ Rua Tres Rios with its ‘exciting gastronomic scene’ comes in seventh and Haji Lane in Singapore – ‘a bum’s paradise full of interesting shops selling vintage finds, fabrics and more’ – is in eighth.

Sunset Boulevard, in fifth place, was described as

Sunset Boulevard, in fifth place, was described as “a 22-mile stretch” [that] attracts visitors from all walks of life and leads you from the leafy coastline to the ever bustling Hollywood media district’

In sixth place is Rotterdam’s Witte de Withstraat, pictured, which is ‘buzzing with activity from sunrise to sunset’

In eighth place is Singapore's Haji Lane - 'a bum's paradise filled with interesting shops selling vintage finds, fabrics and more'

In eighth place is Singapore’s Haji Lane – ‘a bum’s paradise filled with interesting shops selling vintage finds, fabrics and more’

In ninth place is Rua Rodrigues de Faria in Lisbon - 'a creative hub full of restaurants, shops, studios, coworking spaces and loads of street art'

In ninth place is Rua Rodrigues de Faria in Lisbon – ‘a creative hub full of restaurants, shops, studios, coworking spaces and loads of street art’

Pictured here is the tenth-place Calle Thames in Buenos Aires, a stretch with 'an abundance of independent restaurants and bars to choose from, as well as plenty of dazzling street art'

Pictured here is the tenth-place Calle Thames in Buenos Aires, a stretch with ‘an abundance of independent restaurants and bars to choose from, as well as plenty of dazzling street art’

In ninth place is Rua Rodrigues de Faria in Lisbon – ‘a creative hub full of restaurants, shops, studios, coworking spaces and loads of street art’ – and in 10th is Calle Thames in Buenos Aires, a stretch with ‘an abundance of independent restaurants and bars to choose from, as well as plenty of dazzling street art.”

“Our first-ever World’s Coolest Streets list is a tribute to the great local businesses and communities that make our cities and streets exciting,” said James Manning, International Editor of Time Out. “They’ve kept us going over the past year and it’s more important than ever to support them as the world opens up again. From alfresco dining to open-air culture, street life is where you get a glimpse of the future of our cities. People are social creatures and these streets are the place to be when we eat, drink and socialize together again.’

Rebecca Russo, Time Out Melbourne Editor, said: “After four hard lockdowns, Melburnians have spoken and they clearly want to have fun. And boy, is there a lot of fun to be had on Smith Street. Whether it’s a parma at the pub, dancing the night away at a gay-friendly club, or shopping for cool Scandinavian furniture, Smith Street is where you can get it done – and everyone is welcome to enjoy it.”

Visit www.timeout.com/things-to-do/coolest-streets-in-the-world for more on the full list.

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