Secret streets are all over the world, and all of them are waiting to be discovered. But do you know what can be found hidden among them? You won’t find the answer in a tourist book, and many tourists have yet to wander through these streets. So to help you explore these often missed beauties, we’ve put together a guide covering secret streets in Barcelona, Beijing, London, Rome and Tokyo.
Barcelona has some of the best beach, sites, architecture, art, and of course food, all of which have become magnets for everyone who wanders this glorious city. However, some of the best kept secret streets are known only by the locals.
2. Carrer dels Flassaders is the destination for some of the best shops and eateries. It’s also one of the narrowest streets in the city. You’ll also find La Seca, the Royal Mint, where money was made until the mid-19th century.
3. Eixample Street Corners is an architect lover’s paradise. Established in the mid-19th century, the alleyways and corners along this street have some of the most interesting and quite beautiful colors and exterior designs in all of Barna.
Beijing glows with beauty and youth, appearing in the world in its grand, lovely, new and modernized form, changing each day. It’s a city with a deep history, rich culture, ancient architecture, and delicious cuisines. But some of the best sites, shops, and eateries are hidden along these streets, unknown to many tourists who wander the bustling city.
1. Bei Jianzi Xiang is historic in a sense that the apartments along this street were built during the Socialist-era in the 1950s and 1960s, which is what makes the architecture so unique. There’s also a wet market further down, where locals sell live fish, pieces of meat, fresh produce, eggs, grains, and warm baked goods.
2. Guangshun Beidajie is the place for Korean restaurants and shops, thanks to the strong Korean influence and community that’s made its way into China. One of the best Korean BBQ restaurants you should try is called Zixiamen.
3. Dashilar is a creative hub near Qianmen. It’s one of the most ancient, famous and distinctive commercial street that was built by local people in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Dashilar offers a variety of clothing stores, jewellery shops, bookstores, design studios, trendy cafes and restaurants. The city’s first cinema, Da Guan Lou Cinema, is located here as well.
London is a melting pot of ethnic groups and cultures from all over the world. With plenty of sites to see and to experiences to remember for a lifetime, it’s no wonder that London is ranked the second most visited city in the world, right behind Bangkok. But aside from the overpopulated streets near the London Eye and Piccadilly Square, there are other hidden gems that have just as much to offer.
1. Lambs Conduit Street in Bloomsbury is a terrific area for shopping lovers, close to the British Museum. From men’s clothing to house decor, jewellery stores, and coffee shops like Knockbox—this street is as fun as it is interesting with a very eclectic atmosphere.
2. Acton Mews (in Hackney) is a hipster area with cobbled streets and brick arches. It’s home to Berber & Q, a delicious grill house, Trip Space, a contemporary performance center that also hosts Brunch and SupperClub pop up events, and Draughts, London’s first board game café.
3. Seymour Place, located in Marylebone, is a go-to street for some popular bars among the locals. There’s Donostia, a refined yet busy bar/restaurant, Lurra, which is Spanish-influenced with an outdoor courtyard, and Vinoteca, a wine bar for the classy type.
Many flock to Rome to see 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture spread all over the city. And who can forget the Vatican? But more than that, Rome is also a place where culture, art, and architecture can be found in the most secret places, outside of what’s written in the tourist books.
1. Quarter Coppedè houses some amazing architecture designed by Gino Coppedè in the early 1900s. The houses and buildings are painted with watercolors, all of which look like a scene from a fairytale.
2. Villaggio Olympic is a modern neighborhood, originally built as a model to house athletes in the 1960s Olympics in Rome. Although it’s now very residential, the Auditorium Parco della Musica (a modern, classical music hall), and MAXXI (a contemporary art museum) can both be found here.
3. Quadraro is the go-to place for the artsy type. Here you will encounter murals covering the outside walls of buildings, on bridges and brick walls. Make sure to take your camera here—you can create a photo collage of all the amazing wall art, and hang it in your home.
From unique, high-fashion shops, busy streets flooded with people, fresh and healthy eats, and where oldest traditions merge with modernity—Tokyo has it all. But buried in the city are streets full of fun and interesting shops, eateries, entertainment, and bars that have yet to be discovered by outsiders.
1. Omoide Yokocho, located in Shinjuku, is a pleasant area to drink some beer and cocktails. There are plenty of entertaining bars and small restaurants, but make sure to get there a little early because most only have a few seats!
2. Look Street in Koenji is a low-key shopping area, known for its famous thrift stores. It’s a very cool, hipster area that can be just as fun as Harajuku.
3. Ameya Yokocho was a shopping street established after World War II, featuring over 500 shops side-by-side, and selling almost anything under the sun. From fish, snacks and dry foods, to clothing, miscellaneous goods, souvenirs, cosmetics, and jewels—you can always find something for everyone.
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