The most walkable cities on Earth. Part 2

20 December 2018
Those looking for retail therapy ought to visit Quartier du Petit Champlain known as the oldest commercial zone of the continent

Find six more walkable destinations – from USA to Vietnam – that will help you really dig into the places’ atmosphere and more easily get accustomed to the local culture.

 

San Antonio, U.S.A.

San Antonio – being the 7th most populous American city – has its best sights united together, which provides convenient conditions for walking them. The River Walk full of stores and eating establishments is located not far from the Alamo Mission and some other points of interest.

Possible route: walk through the Pearl Brewery – this fancy place offers many eateries, a fine market, some dancing space, and various temporary events.

 

Paris, France

You can’t miss a magic walk down the Champs-Elysees reaching the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, and of course visiting numerous boutiques in between. Paris is very camera friendly, especially its romantic Montmartre boasting the legendary Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Possible route: to add some variety to the French capital’s charming historic center, explore its less popular catacombs that will take you to the gloomy underground paths.

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

This city is sometimes compared to Paris thanks to its walkability. Most local sights are placed within easy reach. You will have no problem finding the needed museums and churches. Great shopping is possible in barrios like Recoleta – an interesting and picturesque area. Choose the Rose Garden Walk from the parks’ list, to enjoy its colorful walkways and countless beautiful flowers.

Possible route: head to the trendy Palermo Soho for a meal and a drink in this lively area full of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

 

Quebec City, Canada

Canada’s Quebec wins over its visitors with a historic center reminding of France and a magnificent Chateau hotel boasting an impressive city view. Make selfies while walking down Rue Saint-Louis – Quebec’s oldest and most romantic street – offering lots of cozy cafés. Those looking for retail therapy ought to visit Quartier du Petit Champlain known as the oldest commercial zone of the continent.

Possible route: switch the city center to a less urban place and head to Montmorency Falls Park to admire two falls – 30 meters higher than Niagara’s – and walk the hanging bridge right over the ear-shattering water streams.

 

Venice, Italy

Being absolutely car free, this Italian city makes for a perfect walking destination. It’s a good idea to start your trip with Piazza San Marco and – after taking a few pictures – losing yourself to the city’s endless streets with colorful clotheslines, and narrow canals with gondolas parked here and there. Enjoy a tasty alfresco meal at one of the eateries.

Possible route: for more colorful time – and photos – go to Burano. Famous for its bright houses and lace work, this island will take you for a long pleasant walk. By the way, Burano adds one more item to Italy’s list of leaning buildings (think Pisa and Bologna), so look for the bell tower behind the Church of St. Martin Bishop.

 

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hội An – known historically as Faifo – has many pleasure and fishery boats, floating restaurants and canals, so it’s central part is often called Vietnamese Venice. You will like exploring the Ancient Town and trying curious local dishes at one of the restaurants or food stands. The area becomes more electric after dark, when multicolored lanterns decorate the streets with their soft lighting.

Possible route: to dive into Hoi An’s culture, try a street food excursion guided by a local.

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