Europe is full of some of the most elegant, colourful and unusual roads in the world. Some are already discovered and well-established on the tourist track, but others are real hidden gems that only those in the know will be able to scout out. We’ve put together 13 of the most photo-worthy streets in Europe, so you know exactly where those amazing photos from Instagram are coming from.
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1 RUE CRÉMIEUX, PARIS, FRANCE
There’s something about the multicoloured houses and quaint, cobbled streets of the Rue Crémieux that make putting your camera down impossible! This gorgeous Parisian street is lined with pinks, greens, yellows and blues, any colour to match any outfit for that obligatory photoshoot.
2 KYNANCE MEWS, LONDON, ENGLAND
Ivy-covered houses and a secret staircase. Kynance Mews in Kensington is by far the most beautiful of all the mews’ in London. In autumn, the street glows with green and burgundy leaves, and when spring arrives, the houses turn into a purple forest. This area of London is any blogger’s idea of heaven!
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3 CALLEJA DE LAS FLORES, CORDOBA, SPAIN
Calleja De Las Flores in Cordoba, Spain is without a doubt one of the quaintest little passageways in Europe. The white walls are lined with countless, rustic flower pots filled with geranium and carnations, giving a glorious pop of colour to this truly special part of town. Along with its narrow, cobbled floor, stone archways and of course the beautiful wall decor, the Mezquita Cathedral is in the view from between the walls making for the perfect addition to an already perfect photograph.
4 GOLDEN LANE, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
The Golden Lane in Prague isn’t just a tourist attraction, but also an amazing location for a mini photoshoot. The tiny, brightly coloured houses were once lived-in back in the day, but now they’re home to exhibits and quaint Czech shops. You’ll need a ticket to see this gorgeous little street but it’ll be so worth it, not only for the photo but you’ll leave having learnt a lot, too.
5 CHALCOT SQUARE, LONDON, ENGLAND
Tucked away in a little square near Primrose Hill, you’ll find one of the most Instagrammable spots in London - a row of pretty pastel townhouses that stand high, curving around the small, green park that is Chalcot Square. Take a leisurely stroll from Regents Park, or wander over from Camden Market to see what all of the fuss is about (or just search Chalcot Square on Instagram). Just imagine owning one of these properties… Serious dream house goals!
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6 ROZENHOEDKAAI, BRUGES, BELGIUM
Probably the most idyllic spot for that postcard moment in Bruges. Rozenhoedkaai may be less ‘street-like’ than the other places on this list, however, we thought it still deserved a special mention. Whatever the time of year, Rozenhoedkaai glows for its visitors. There’s something so enchanting about the fairytale architecture and billowing tree that almost dips into the canal water.
7 VICTORIA STREET, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Enjoy a stroll down Edinburgh’s cobbled Victoria Street where the colourful buildings curve around the corner and are filled with fun, unique shops and eateries. Victoria Street is a solid piece of the city’s history with its stone walls and age-old charm attracting visitors from all over. Make sure you walk down to the Grassmarket which originated in the 14th century and sells all sorts of local produce and bits to pick up.
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8 NYHAVN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Nyhavn ticks the box for being a picture-perfect port-side street that bursts with colour, with idyllic boat masts, sweet cafes and classy restaurants lining both sides. Nyhavn boasts Copenhagen’s quirky atmosphere and hipster vibe as well as the most picturesque street in the city. No trip to Copenhagen is complete without a stroll and a photo here.
9 RUA DA BICA DE DUARTE BELO, LISBON, PORTUGAL
Capture the yellow Elvador de Bica tram as it ascends the hill to the top of Lisbon. The old-school funicular is a tourist must, but also a great excuse for a photo from the narrow passages on either side of the tramlines. Charming, yellow townhouses with rustic Portuguese balconies line the track, and the view of the ocean and rolling hills in between is stunning. Definitely a worthy contender for Europe's most Instagrammable street.
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10 ALLEYS OF MYKONOS, GREECE
Is there anywhere in the world that is prettier than Greece? We’re not sure there is… The white-washed walls, cobbled streets and hints of blues and pinks around every bend are what puts Mykonos on every aspiring travel photographer’s (or Instagram enthusiast’s) bucket list.
11 BURANO, VENICE, ITALY
A walk (or boat ride) down this beautiful street in Venice is like taking a tour of the rainbow. Burano is an island in the midst of the Venetian Lagoon, but if you’re ever lucky enough to visit you’ll be grabbing your camera immediately. The boldly coloured houses and canal running straight through make it so enchanting - it’s the type of place that can lift anyone’s mood in an instant.
12 EAST SIDE GALLERY, BERLIN, GERMANY
Take a stroll down the world-famous East Side Gallery - a street with an actual open-air gallery plastered all along the remains of the Berlin Wall. There are Insta-opportunities galore down this street as the artwork is incredible, but it’s also a chilling reminder of Berlin’s history and the Cold War.
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13 ALLADA VERMELL, BARCELONA, CATALONIA
Only those in the know will know about this hidden gem. Allada Vermell in Barcelona is one of the most picturesque spots in the city. Who knew a simple, wooden door surrounded by green plants in terracotta pots could be so photo-worthy?!
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