Recently Time Out surveyed almost 30,000 people from around the world to ask them what the coolest street in the world was. The Time Out Index food and fun, culture and community. These all come together to make a great neighborhood and a fabulous city.
In a year where people were unable to travel, Time Out wanted people to explore their local area.
"In a year when travel dreams were dashed and we had to stay closer to home, they helped us feel like we were a part of something bigger as well." Time Out Magazine
While Smith Street in Melbourne, Australia came in at one, one street in California beat all others in the United States. It placed at number 5 on the coolest streets in the world.
Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
Not only the coolest street in the United States but also one of the most famous, Sunset Boulevard, stretches for 22 miles. It starts at the coast on the Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades and runs east through to Downtown Lose Angeles. Along the route, it passes through iconic neighborhoods such as West Hollywood and Beverley Hills.
Sunset Boulevard perhaps reaches its coolest at the 1.5-mile section known as Sunset Strip on the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. The Sunset Strip is full of restaurants and nightclubs and its extensive array of colorful billboards along the side of the road.
Sunset Boulevard is so cool it makes it is referenced in movies, TV, and music.
There is the 1950 Billy Wilder movie called Sunset Boulevard as well as an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with the same name. In the 1950s, there was a popular TV show called 77 Sunset Strip.
Not many streets can boast that sort of fame.
"Stretching from the bustle of downtown to glamorous Malibu, Sunset Boulevard stands out as the ultimate road to fame or fortune. Or at least that’s the dream. From scruffy clubs and neon to historic movie studios and beaches, this iconic street captures the very essence of L.A.—a clash of extremes all spread out beneath the California sun. " Visit California website
Sunset Boulevard Recommendations
Below are recommendations from Time Out as well as locals.
Eat and drink at the Japanese sake bar in Echo Park, OTOTO.
The most popular restaurant, according to TripAdvisor, is BOA Steakhouse, where you may spot a celebrity.
Things To Do
Visit Stories Books and Café some to peruse books, have a drink, or watch a small comedy show.
A hidden gem is the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine. It's used as a temple, shrine, and meditation garden. Elvis Presley sometimes walked around here, and George Harrison's funeral was held at the Shrine.
Check out the weird and wonderful items for sale at Time Travel Mart.
Spot a celebrity
Head to the castle-like hotel known as Chateau Marmont. Everyone from Howard Hughes and F. Scott Fitzgerald to Johnny Depp and Lindsay Lohan have all stayed there.
Other Cool US streets
There were three other streets in the United States that made the Top 30 coolest streets in the world.
30th Avenue in New York City placed at number 14, Calle Ocho in Miami was ranked 18, while Seaport Boulevard in Boston made it to number 27.
What do you think? Do you agree that Sunset Boulevard is the coolest street in the United States?