Jinli Street, Chengdu, China
Qing Dynasty style wooden houses and shops, replete with red lanterns and traditional signage help make Chengdu's biggest tourist attraction look pleasingly historic.
While it was restored into its current form in 2004, Jinli Street traces its history back some 1,800 years, making it one of the oldest shopping streets in Sichuan province.
Convent Avenue, Harlem, New York City
New York City is blessed with some of the most architecturally arresting streets in the world. But Harlem's Convent Avenue stands out from the pack, thanks to its knockout buildings and tree-lined sidewalks.
The stretch between West 140th and 145th streets is the most impressive, including the Convent Avenue Baptist Church and 339 Convent Avenue, a.k.a., The Royal Tenenbaums' house.
Lombard St, San Francisco
Famed for its eight hairpins, Lombard Street is one of San Francisco's busiest attractions.
And while the crowds lining up to take shots for Instagram can get a bit much, they shouldn't put you off going.
Said to be the most crooked street in the world, the views from the top are worth the trip alone, while the surrounding buildings of Russian Hill are added eye candy.
Caminito, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Meaning "the little path," Caminito is the most colorful street in the most colorful area of Buenos Aires.
The street fell into disrepair in the 1950s after the railroad which ran through the area closed (the tracks are still here), before local artist Benito Quinquela Martín set about regenerating the area.
Today, Caminito is a street museum, its blue, yellow and green tenements showcasing works by local artists.
The Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto, Japan
Alongside the canal that runs between Ginkaku-Ji and Nanzen-Ji, the Philosopher's Walk is Japan's most picturesque street, thanks to the cherry trees which crowd both banks.
It's best seen during sakura, cherry blossom, season which tends to start in early April and lasts for around two weeks. The path is named after Nishida Kitaro, the philosopher who meditated on this route daily.
Flask Walk, Hampstead, London, England
It's easy to miss the entrance to Flask Walk, just a few steps down the hill from Hampstead Tube station.
This quintessentially London street starts as a narrow pedestrian alleyway, passing a traditional pub and beautiful Victorian shopfronts before opening out into one of the city's most gorgeous residential streets, all tumbling townhouses and impressive mansions.
Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Winding up from Waverley Station into Edinburgh's Old Town, Cockburn Street is a feat of Victorian architecture and design.
The steep, curving street was developed in the 1850s, cutting through medieval neighborhoods with the aim of offering easier access to the new train station. Until then, travelers had to use the steep steps and dark alleyways down from the Royal Mile to catch their trains.
Umbrella Sky Project, Agueda, Portugal
Since 2011, the four main streets of Agueda have been transformed into colorful, umbrella-shaded paradises.
The Umbrella Sky Project forms part of the town's annual Agitagueda Art Festival, which takes place during July, August and September.
Cables are strung from the rooftops and hung with umbrellas, in a bid to mitigate against the summer heat, as well as provide a colorful backdrop from events and classes.
Blue City, Jodhpur, India
The warren of streets through the Blue City which stands beneath the hulking Mehrangarh Fort are the perfect place to get lost.
The narrow, winding and seemingly endless alleys are lined with buildings that were painted blue to signify the presence of the Brahmin, or priest, caste.
The best views are from atop the fort, although for an authentic experience, it's essential to take a stroll through these historic alleyways.
Square de Montsoris, Paris, France
Connecting Parc Montsoris with Avenue Reille, it's easy to miss the entrance to this private cobbled road. The houses are among Paris's most architecturally refined, adorned with mosaics and stained glass.
Many are ivy covered, with the street akin to a woodland path in summer as the small gardens flourish.