The 12 Most Colorful Streets on Earth
Follow the rainbow
We’ve had enough of plain-old dreary buildings and skyscrapers. We want a little pop of color in our lives. Here, the 12 most vibrant streets on the planet, with façades the colors of the rainbow and bursting with life.
El Caminito (Buenos Aires)
The Buenos Aires barrio of La Boca was originally home to a large immigrant population. Today, it’s a working-class neighborhood bursting with color and known for street art. The major walkway, el Caminito, is a stretch of multicolored buildings teeming with performers, artists and open-air cafés.
Old Town Colmar (France)
This French Alsatian town is straight out of a fairy-tale. The unique storybook architecture--bright French shutters and German half-timber buildings--comes from the two cultures working in unison. A canal runs through the old town, giving it the nickname “Little Venice.”
The colorful facades of Nyhavn are some of the most iconic in all of Europe. Fun fact: Hans Christian Andersen once lived in one of the townhouses.
Rainbow Row (Charleston, South Carolina)
Of course Charleston is so cute, it would have a street called Rainbow Row. Guaranteed to brighten your day, this string of 13 pastel Georgian houses is one of the city’s must-visit sights.
Old City Chefchaouen (Morocco)
This small northern Moroccan city, surrounded entirely by mountains, is known for its mix of Spanish and Muslim architecture, all covered in a beautiful shade of blue. The color is said to have been introduced by Jewish immigrants, who painted the city to mimic the sky and heavens.
Jellybean Row (Newfoundland, Canada)
You’d think the freezing, gray Canadian winters would get depressing—but not if you live on lively Jellybean Row. This part of downtown St. Johns is lined by cute houses painted in vibrant reds, blues, yellows and lavenders. Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the most photographed streets in Canada.
LAS PALMITAS (PACHUA, MEXICO)
The story of Las Palmitas, a low-income neighborhood about two hours northeast of Mexico City, is an unusual one. Just last year, the Mexican government sponsored an urban renewal project to turn it into a haven for street art. As a result, about 2,000 homes were transformed into animated public art displays.
Paseo Gervasoni (Valparaiso, Chile)
Color is everything in this port city on Chile’s central coast. Take, for example, the historic walking area of Paseo Gervasoni. The narrow, hilly street offers a stunning view. But the real reason to visit is for the art: Enormous, expertly crafted graffiti and building after building with brightly painted facades.
Market Square (Warsaw)
The oldest part of Warsaw, Poland, Market Square is filled with bright and cheery buildings, which date back to the 13th century. Much of the old town square was destroyed during WWII, and then precisely reconstructed.
Fondamenta Pontinello (Burano, Italy)
The island of Burano, a town of artists and fishermen, is as cheery as the rainbow of small houses that runs along its emerald green canal. It's said that fishermen began the tradition of painting the houses in order to help themselves identify their homes from far out on the lagoon.
Rue Crémieux (Paris)
An eccentric, cobblestone block in the 12th arrondissement, Rue Crémieux is one of Paris’s best-kept secrets…and those who have discovered it hope it stays that way.
Bo Kaap, (Cape Town)
This primarily Muslim Cape Town neighborhood transformed itself after Apartheid, when residents decided to paint with a gorgeous pop of color. Today it’s a popular tourist attraction know for its Technicolor houses built on slender, cobblestone streets against the backdrop of Table Mountain.