You don’t need us to tell you to go to the Champs-Élysées in Paris, Michigan Avenue in Chicago or La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain. But as any traveler knows, vacation magic doesn’t tend to happen on the well-beaten paths. Some of the world’s most alluring avenues aren’t household names, but they’ll easily win over your heart — and your viewfinder.
Caminito in Buenos Aires, Argentina
This “little path” — its literal translation from Spanish — has big energy, amplified by color-clashing facades, international flags and whimsical artworks in every direction you turn. Located in the funky La Boca neighborhood, the veritable street museum sits on the route of a former railroad, once in decay until local artists began taking over in the ‘50s. As the street was a haven for Genoan immigrants in the 1800s, you’ll also notice European architectural influences throughout.
Haji Lane in Kampong Glam, Singapore
Tucked away in the Muslim quarter, this narrow side street intoxicates with cheerful murals, ample greenery and superb people-watching. Within a few blocks, you can easily sample the world’s cuisines: Hit up Piedra Negra for mango ceviche, the Singapura Club for okra fries and curries and Ciao Risto-Bar for tiramisu. At tiny liquor den Bar Stories, choose from 100-plus drinks or let a talented barkeep whip you up a bespoke cocktail.