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The Most Colorful Streets in the World

Cities all over the world are filled with vibrant colored streets to explore.

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A rainbow of color

Around the world, there are hundreds of cities with brightly colored streets and incredible graffiti that help to bring the streets alive with vibrant hues. Some streets have rows of houses that are known as a “rainbow row” because of the variety of colors. Some streets have ornate decorations flying high above as an art installation or as part of a local festival. And some streets are even painted varying shades of the same color that means something to the community. We’ve rounded up 14 of the most colorful streets in the world to add to your list of places to visit. If you’re looking for even more color, check out the most colorful cities in the world.

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El Caminito, Buenos Aires

Within the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires lies El Caminito Street. This small but colorful street has rows of homes and businesses painted in every color imaginable. On the ground, you’ll find pretty turquoise and yellow pavers that make the street even more beautiful. Home to cafes and shops, this street is typically a hot spot for tourists. Find out some of the most colorful natural wonders in the world.

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Old Town Colmar, France

France is filled with beautiful sites and sounds, but one of the most colorful areas in the country is Old Town Colmar, a little village often referred to as the Little Venice of France. The canal that runs through the center of the village is surrounded by half-timber houses of different colors. The village takes special care of the flowers that line the canal, which adds to its collection of vibrant hues. Find out 12 more charming towns to visit in France.

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Nyhavn, Cophenhagen, Denmark

The harbor district of Copenhagen is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, with good reason—the colorful street is only outdone by the views of the boats on the harbor. Nyhavn is home to traditional homes painted in bright colors; some have been transformed into cafes and shops. Don’t miss these 37 most photogenic beaches in the world.

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Rainbow Row, Charleston, South Carolina

Rainbow Row is one of the most Instagrammed places in South Carolina. In fact, many people claim that if you don’t visit Rainbow Row then you haven’t really been to Charleston at all. The row of 13 houses, painted an array of pretty pastel colors including baby blue, soft pink, lemon yellow, and green, are private residences that date back to the 1700s. Just around the corner in the same neighborhood, you’ll find small ice cream shops, coffee shops, and independently owned stores to do some window shopping for a fun girls getaway weekend.

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St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada

The fishing village of St. John’s isn’t necessarily a tourist destination, but you would definitely spot it from a boat ride out on the water. The small village has quite a few homes leading up to the hills that are painted all different colors to look like little gems against the natural color of the hills. Many houses are orange, blue, red, or yellow, and look to have a great view of the water. Don’t miss these most colorful animals in the ocean.

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Bo Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

The Bo Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa was a former township known as the Malay Quarter. The neighborhood is sprawling with blocks of color on each home. When the city has a festival or celebration, the neighborhood gets even more colorful as residents and visitors wear vibrant outfits. Seeing this colorful town should be on everyone’s travel bucket list.

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Istanbul, Turkey

The Balat district of Istanbul, Turkey is one of the most colorful areas in this city that is the only one in the world to straddle two continents. The streets are lined with blocks of color, staircases are painted with different hues for each individual stair, and colored lights are strung across alleyways. Small tables and chairs are even painted in mismatched colors to bring even more fun to the area.

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Salvador, Brazil

The Pelourinho neighborhood in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil is one of the most vibrant places in the South American country. A plaza in the middle connects many of the main streets and is home to cafes, restaurants, and shops, all of which are painted in fun colors like blue, pink, yellow, and green. You’ll also want to check out these popular travel destinations in South America.

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Steiner Street, San Francisco, California

The row of colorful houses in Steiner Street is lovingly known as “The Painted Ladies.” The Victorian and Edwardian houses and surrounding buildings are all painted in three or more colors and face a nearby park. You actually might recognize this street of colorful houses from TV shows and movies, most notably, Full House.

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Pachuca, Mexico

The neighborhood of Palmitas was previously known for one thing: Crime. So in the mid-2010s, the government sponsored an initiative to change the view of the neighborhood, literally. The entire area, including homes and businesses, was turned into a candy-colored mural. Locals say it has made the area a happier place to live, too. Don’t miss these other popular spots to visit in Mexico.

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Chefchaouen, Morocco

The city of Chefchaouen, known as the “Blue Pearl of Morocco” was founded in 1471, but didn’t get painted blue until 1492. The blue color comes from an influx of Jews in the area who were escaping the Spanish inquisition; one tradition of the new Jewish community was to paint buildings blue.

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Rue Crémieux, Paris

The Parisian version of rainbow row can be found on Rue Crémieux. The Instagram-worthy street has towering homes in pretty pastel colors and charming French balconies. Many people venture to this small street in Paris just to get their photos taken and explore the less-touristy part of the city. In fact, this street is so dreamy it feels like it’s right out of a fairy tale.

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Burano Island, Venice, Italy

Venice, home to canals that feature brightly colored homes and streets, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its Burano Island is filled with color, from the homes to the jade-green waters of the canals and lagoon. Even the boats in the waters are different colors, bringing even more vibrancy to the city. Bridges connect different sides of the canal streets to one another making it super easy to explore the colorful walkways. Venice is one of the 50 most beautiful cities in the world as ranked by travel experts.

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Minneapolis

After George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Black Lives Matter murals were created all over the country, including this one in his home town. It graces the street outside the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery and was created by 16 artists, one for each letter. It’s not the only tribute his death sparked; these are 16 powerful George Floyd murals.

 

Megan duBois
Megan duBois is a regular contributor to RD.com's Travel and Culture sections, where she writes about theme parks, pop culture, and food. Her articles have also appeared on Buzzfeed, Popsugar, Insider, Orbitz, The Daily Meal and more. duBois has been quoted as an expert on theme parks for Forbes and other outlets. She earned her BA in Communications from The University of North Florida. Follow her on Instagram @MinglingwithMickey and Twitter @Megand315.