THE WORLD’S TOP 10 MOST WALKABLE CITIES
Using a tram, subway, or taxi to get from one attraction to another, such as a monument, maybe an efficient way to see new towns. However, there is much to be said about walking and visiting areas at a slower speed. Even so, there are certain places to visit that are more WALKABLE CITIES than others.
From Vancouver and Vientiane’s cities to Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires and the city of Boston, here’s a list of the world‘s most pedestrian-friendly cities.
1. The city of Paris
Paris is a worthwhile place to visit at your leisure, though seeing all it has to offer can take many days. Take a stroll down the Seine River to see the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre before hopping over to Notre Dame and the Île de la Cité. You may also want to take a break in one of the several bars and lounges before visiting the Eiffel Tower, which is about an hour’s walk away. Don’t miss Montmartre’s twisting streets, cafes, and the fascinating Sacre-Coeur, one of Paris’s most romantic locations.
2. The city of New York
New York City is one of the most walkable cities in the United States. Manhattan’s numbered avenues and pedestrianized New York Times Square undoubtedly contribute to the city’s walkability. Take a stroll down Fifth Avenue, as well as over the Brooklyn Bridge into Clinton Hill, to see the neighborhood’s historic and charming brownstones. Central Park, which spans 843 acres in New York, is also a must-see attraction.
3. The city of Marrakech
Marrakech’s Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing many historical landmarks that can be easily visited on foot. The labyrinthine alleyways of Marrakech’s souks, where you can find Berber rug weavers, rare spices, and brightly colored babouches, are a must-see. Walking southward will take you to the remains of the 16th century El Badi Palace, as well as the well-known Jemaa El-Fnaa square, which hosts festivals, food stalls, and street performers. Visit the stunning olive Menara Gardens in the west for a quiet, calm moment.
4. The city of Florence
Given the traffic in Florence’s historic center, residents’ access to permits, taxis, and buses. And this is a community that encourages people to walk. It’s always contrasted to an outdoor museum. Florence is a city that is home to a plethora of historical sites that are just a short distance apart. From the iconic landmark, the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore, to the Ponte Vecchio, a bridge that was spared during the WWII German bombing, to the Piazzale Michelangelo, which offers a stunning view of the city and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. The various pubs, restaurants, and cafes provide an excellent opportunity to rest your weary feet.
5. The city of Vancouver
Vancouver may be Canada’s third-largest capital, but it’s a walker’s dream. Thanks to the proactive transit initiative and the newly released pedestrian wayfinding maps, taking a stroll is now welcomed. One of the city’s most popular walks is down False Creek to Granville Island, where visitors can shop for locally grown and fresh produce at the Public Market. Stanley Park is a 1,000-acre park located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The scenic viewpoints and its gorgeous lost lagoon are considered North America’s first-rate urban parks, boasting primarily of the Nation’s artwork. A stroll over the Lions Gate Bridge into North Vancouver, on the other side, provides a stunning view of the sea and downtown.
6. The city of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest capital, is a striking contrast in which Victorian architecture coexists with urban parklands and glittering skyscrapers meet the stunning bay. Begin your walk from the Alexandra Gardens to the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens by taking in the view of the Yarra River and the lush greenery. Visit Melbourne’s CBD, a historic arcade, and laneways. These are home to trendy boutiques, shops, pubs, and must-see attractions such as the Old Melbourne Gaol. Have a good time and enjoy the people on the beach in St. Kilda. Also, take the elevator to the Eureka Skydeck 88, Melbourne’s highest platform for viewing the world, for a panoramic view.
7. The city of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, is known as the “Paris of South America” for its beautiful, European-style architecture, vibrant culture, and diverse communities. If you like painting, you should take a walk around La Boca’s barrio. It highlights the Caminito, a street museum of vibrantly decorated houses. Thanks to the talents of local artist Quinquela Martin and the Fundacion Proa, a modern private art gallery. The Recoleta is the epitome of Buenos Aires’ upscale neighborhoods; a walkable cities through its beautiful parks and streets reveals sights such as:
- the Floralis Generica
- a mobile steel flower sculpture by architect Eduardo Catalano
- the Cementerio de la Recoleta, where Evita Peron is buried.
8. The city of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik’s entire city district is a pedestrian-only zone, so there’s no need not to discover this city on foot. It is known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” because of its major thoroughfare, the Stradun. And it leads it to many city sights such as:
- the beautiful Onofrio’s Fountain
- medieval walls
- the old scenic harbor
- the 16th-century Sponza Palace
Dubrovnik is easily walkable even outside of the Old City, and the Lapad Peninsula is a must-see. Walking along the beach reveals local gems such as the lovely Copacabana Beach. Hiking in the Velika I Mala Petka Hills may be challenging. But it is well worth it for the stunning views.
9. The city of Vientiane, Laos
The capital of Laos is Vientiane. It is a blend of Laotian and French communities along the Mekong river. It’s a lovely area to walk in due to its tree-lined avenues and laid-back atmosphere. Begin your journey at the Pha That Luang, Laos’ most important landmark, a breathtaking gold-covered Buddhist stupa. Walk to the Patuxary Monument, which was inspired by Pari’s Arc de Triomphe and incorporates a typical Laotian idea. Ascending to the top has a stunning view of the capital. The Sisaket temple is another important Buddhist site from there.
10. The city of Quebec
With a downtown reminiscent of France and a castle-like hotel (Chateau Le Frontenac) with commanding views of the capital, Quebec City makes us swoon. Stroll along the city’s most photographed street, Rue Saint Louis, which is lined with European-style cafes. The Rue de Petit-Champlain, North America’s oldest shopping area, is a must-see for shoppers.