The world’s most beautiful streets

CNN  — 

Architecture is typically famous for its big, bold statements – the huge skyscrapers, opera houses, bridges and airports that tower over cityscapes, dwarfing their occupants.

But it’s arguably at its most beguiling when it comes to human-scale thoroughfares dedicated to everyday activities such shopping, eating, sleeping or just strolling and soaking up the travel scenery.

From grand dwellings in uptown New York City to street art covered laneways in Melbourne, via historic crescents in Bath and tree-lined roads in Pretoria, these are the most beautiful streets in destinations around the world:

Jinli Street, Chengdu, China

Jinli is one of the oldest shopping streets in Sichuan province.

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

Convent Street's tree-lined sidewalks are a New York standout.

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

Lombard Street switchbacks through eight hairpin turns.

Famed for its eight hairpins, which twist between a single block, 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