All over the world, cities young and old are being refreshed with street art. Sometimes political, sometimes whimsical, street art is always about accessibility. Unlike museums, seeing street art is always free, making it perfect for budget travelers. I asked travel bloggers to share with me some of their favorite street art around the world. I was so overwhelmed with the responses that I split it up into two posts: one focusing on worldwide street art and the other more specifically on street art in Europe.
In this roundup, you’ll find street art from around the world – from Asia to Australia to the US and beyond. Stay tuned for next week’s post on street art in Europe!
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Miami, Florida, USA
New York City, USA
Mexico City, Mexico
Cape Town, South Africa
Auckland, New Zealand
Austin, Texas, USA
Street art lovers must make an effort to visit Austin, Texas. Not only is this city awash with talented art, but there is even a designated graffiti area just off the hipster South Congress street called Castle Hill. We loved it so much we went back the following year and used it as the backdrop to our Austin wedding elopement! Austin has so many iconic graffiti pieces such as the ‘I Love You So Much’ wall, ‘You’re My Butter Half’ and Daniel Johnston’s frog – ‘Jeremiah The Innocent’. Spotting street art is just one of the cool things to do in Austin, Texas!
San Francisco, California, USA
Our favorite spot for street art has always been the Mission District of San Francisco. The street art scene is defined by more than graffiti and simple tags. Instead, street art in San Francisco
Take a street art tour in the Mission here!
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Every city in the world is blessed to have an abundance of street art and Memphis, Tennessee is no different. Whether you consider street art to be a “work of art” or have a negative perception, it’s a reality we all should face that those creating these masterpieces really do have skills that should be embraced. Memphis is a city that epitomizes multicultural integration and this is certainly depicted through the amazing street art throughout the city.
Whether you are admiring artistry emphasizing passion for the city, such as “I Love Memphis” or simply a mural that offers a reflection on Memphis’s history, there is plenty to experience both in the downtown vicinity and surrounding neighborhoods. Overton Square is a trendy location offering boutique stores and lively bars, so it’s no surprise to see vibrant, colorful street art that offers a great marketing tool for the local area. South Main Street is an iconic part of Memphis, primarily given its location as the home of the National Civil Rights Museum. A stroll along South Main will lead visitors to the Lorraine Motel, site of MLK’s assassination so street art here is undoubtedly focused on promoting the sense of equality.
Memphis has so many amazing street art examples that makes it almost impossible to pick a favorite. We always encourage people to step “off the beaten path” to stumble across new forms of street art because you never know what amazing underlying stories you will discover.
Fremantle, a historic port town just south of Perth in Western Australia, has some fantastic street art, and it’s fun to wander taking in the local creativity on display. We found no street art more impressive than the incredible fresco on the outside wall at East West, a funky furniture store in a warehouse in South Fremantle. The mural was created by artist Graham Richards and it covers the entire length of the East West emporium – more than 100 meters in length and depicts beach scenes, exotic shops fronts with Asian and Parisian overtones, other European and Middle Eastern designs, as well as a scene straight out of Africa.
- Street art in Buenos Aires, Argentina from Inspired by Maps