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Revealed: the coolest streets in the world right now, according to Time Out

We quizzed 20,000 city-dwellers in the Time Out Index to find out the most exciting places in cities around the world in 2022

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

What makes a street the coolest in the world? Well, to be honest, a whole range of stuff. It can be about food and drink estabs, museums, parks or art galleries. A cool street can be a vibrant community space, a thriving business district or just a place that oozes fabulous vibes.

To decide on this year’s coolest street in the world, first we got the lowdown from 20,000 locals in the 2022 Time Out Index – not forgetting to ask, of course, that all-important question: what’s the coolest street in your city?

We then took those results to our global network of experts to narrow it all down and come up with a definitive ranking. The resulting list revealed which creative hubs, nightlife hotspots, shopping strips and buzzing communities are officially the places to be in 2022.

Top of this year’s list is Rue Wellington in Montreal, thanks to its gastronomic prowess and vast number of thriving local businesses. In second place was Melbourne’s Gertrude Street, which has slowly but surely added to its cultural portfolio in recent years, followed by Great Western Road in Glasgow, which boasts vintage shops, craft beer breweries and swanky coffee shops galore.

Fourth was indie food paradise Yongkang Street in Taipei, while fifth was Copenhagen’s Værnedamsvej, the epicentre of the hyper-cool Vesterbro neighbourhood.

Want to know where else made the list? Discover our full ranking of the 33 coolest streets in the world right now.

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