Every street has a story to tell, but not every street is named “the coolest”.
Melbourne’s Gertrude Street has taken second place in a prestigious list of “the coolest streets in the world in 2022” – beaten only by Wellington Street in Montreal.
Entertainment and culture media Free time surveyed over 20,000 people around the world to compile its top 33 list.
Glasgow’s Great Western Road took third place, followed by Yongkang Street in Taipei in fourth and Værnedamsvej in Copenhagen in fifth.
Gertrude Street in the northern suburb of Fitzroy offers heritage-listed facades and an “incredibly leafy, slow-moving and peaceful” vibe, according to the outlet. It overthrew its neighbor, Smith Street, which ranked No. 1 last year.
“Gertrude Street is beautiful, unassuming and devoid of the frenzied nightlife of its relatively rowdy siblings. It has steadily added a host of independent outlets, bars and restaurants to its cultural portfolio,”Free time wrote.
“Despite its proximity to the city center, this 850m stretch feels incredibly green, slow-paced and peaceful…Gertrude maintains a very local energy, if you know you know,”
The only other Australian city to be mentioned on the list is Enmore Road, in Sydney’s inner suburb of Newtown, in 24th position. He toppled a close rival at King Street, who was No.19 in 2021.
According Free timeEnmore Road’s glory lies in its laid-back charm and inclusive spirit and its legendary cultural hub, Enmore Theater – where longtime local celebrity Prime Minister Anthony Albanese joined thousands last week to watch the Sydney Gang of Youths.
“While King Street claims much of the glory, Sydney’s other main thoroughfare in Newtown – joining it with Enmore and Marrickville – is a haven of excellent restaurants, bars, pubs and shops.” Free time said.
Officially named “the coolest street in the world”, Wellington Street in Montreal – Quebec’s largest city – is perfect for social gatherings with one of the best cocktail bars, stellar brunches and an urban beach.
In summer, the boulevard becomes pedestrianized, with a free tuk-tuk service to transport visitors from one end to the other.
Third on the list, Glasgow’s Great Western Road is known for its cheap pizzas, beer schooners, thrift stores, craft beers, anti-hangover cafes and breakfast burritos.
“When the sun sets over the tree-lined barrel of Great Western Road in the summer, it feels like anything is possible… buzz from morning to night with everything from mums and dads sipping a latte to students and to full-fledged hipsters – [Great Western Road] this is where all good things happen,” Free time said.
The coolest streets in the world – chosen by Free time:
1. Wellington Street, Montreal
2. Gertrude Street, Melbourne
3. Great Western Road, Glasgow
4. Yongkang Street, Taipei
5. Vaernedamsvej, Copenhagen
6. Karangahape Road, Auckland
seven. Tai Ping Shan Street, Hong Kong
8. Yaowarat Street, Bangkok
9. Oranienstraße, Berlin
ten. Hayes Street, San Francisco
11. Avenida Amsterdam, Mexico City
12. Kolokotroni, Athens
13. Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles
14. Ossington Avenue, Toronto
15. Via Provenza, Medellin
16. Ocho Street, Miami
17. Deptford High Street, London
18. Praca das Flores, Lisbon
19. Oxford Street, Accra
20. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago
21. Cutting Room Square, Manchester
22. Capel Street, Dublin
23. Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
24. Enmore Road, Sydney
25. Kagurazaka, Tokyo
26. Kloof Street, Cape Town
27. Suleyman Seba Caddesi, Istanbul
28. Calle Echegaray, Madrid
29. MacDougal Street, New York
30. Carrer del Comte Borrell, Barcelona
31. Newbury Street, Boston
32. Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
33. Everton Road, Singapore