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World’s best cities for street art – from New York City to Paris

World’s best cities for street art - from New York City to Paris.
World’s best cities for street art - from New York City to Paris.
Written by Harry Johnson

Street art has become increasingly popular, and today an accepted part of urban life in the 21st century by many. 

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  • Venice takes the top spot, as the best overall city for art and culture in the world. The city is also home to the most artistic monuments and statues, and has more architecturally significant buildings per million people than any other city. 
  • The city with the most art galleries is Santa Fe, United States. Santa Fe also has the most museums, with the most popular including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art. 
  • Vienna is nurturing the new generation of great artistic minds with its high proportion of art & design universities. 

From the iconic work of Banksy, to the vibrant masterpieces of upcoming local artists, street art has become increasingly popular, and today an accepted part of urban life in the 21st century by many. 

But, which cities champion street art, and where are the best locations to admire it?

Recent looked at 40 global cities, known particularly for their unique art scenes, analyzing the cities with the most #streetart Instagram posts and Google searches over a year, revealing the best cities in the world for street art. 

The top 10 cities with the most Instagrammed ‘street art’ 

(The number of Instagram posts featuring hashtags using the city name followed by the term “street art”). 

Rank CityTotal No. of Street Art Instagram Posts
1Paris64,000
2Berlin39,000
3London37,400
4Melbourne 32,700
5New York City31,300
6Miami 13,440
7Los Angeles12, 420
8Chicago 10,960
9San Francisco 9,180
10Singapore8,120

Although the US didn’t make it into the top 3, they did however dominate the remainder of the top 10, with New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco all proving popular places for their street art scenes.

The renowned artistic hub of Paris, was the top scoring city for the number of street art Instagram posts, with a total of 64,000. Street art in Paris has never been more alive and dynamic than it is today, home to artists such as Jef Aérosol, you can spot some of the best murals at The Canal Saint-Denis and Belleville park. 

Berlin was found to have the second most street art Instagram posts, with a total of 39,000. Berlin has been a recognized capital of street art for many years, with the street art across the west side of Berlin’s wall providing a popular Instagram backdrop. 

Ranking in third place is London. London’s street art has become such a part of the city’s character, with tourists visiting from all over the world to see unique creations across the likes of Brick Lane and Camden.

The research also revealed the top 5 cities that search for ‘street art’ the most:

(The number of times the city name followed by the term “street art” has been searched on Google between September 2020 and August 2021)

Rank CityTotal No. of Street Art Google Searches
1London524,000
2New York City 479,932
3Paris479, 295
4Melbourne 327,950
5Berlin 235,707

Taking the top spot this time is London, with a total over 524,000 annual street art searches. The city boasts some incredible artists’ works, and today numerous travel guides have been created to help tourists to the city navigate some of the best. 

Further Study Insights:

  • Venice takes the top spot, as the best overall city for art and culture in the world. The city is also home to the most artistic monuments and statues, and has more architecturally significant buildings per million people than any other city.
  • The city with the most art galleries is Santa Fe, United States. Santa Fe also has the most museums, with the most popular including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art. 
  • Vienna is nurturing the new generation of great artistic minds with its high proportion of art & design universities. 
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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for almost 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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