When you visit a new city, you want to explore the nitty-gritty of its culture – but in today’s day and age, that’s pretty difficult. Because tourism is the main priority for some of these cities, the ancient ruins are quite literally ruined by ice cream vans and restaurants, beautiful churches are blocked by hordes of people all clambering around with their selfie sticks, and cobbled streets have been broken into pieces by tour groups that didn’t wear the right kind of footwear. So, how the heck do you see the REAL city? Well, it turns out that you might need to look at the present to truly appreciate the past, as modern graffiti can reveal hidden sides of the world’s most famous cities…
Bogota Graffiti Tour
When you think of Bogota, you probably think of the binge-worthy Netflix show, Narcos. If you’ve seen this show, you’ll know that Bogota looks in no way inviting – but times have changed! Bogota is now an urban hub that has made a name for itself across the world for its street art. In fact, some of the best graffiti artists from across the globe make their way to Colombia each year to leave their mark, many of which portray messages of a political and social nature. It’s well worth a look.
Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour – New York
The Big Apple is famous for many reasons, and its street art is just another reason to add to that list. Only recently has this city realized that graffiti is not vandalism, but rather an expression of art, and art buffs around the city are now doing everything they can to showcase this to the rest of the world. It’s now the job of The Bushwick Collective to showcase all of the best street art around the city and show off what their artists have had to say about the past, present, and future of the United States.
Camden Street Art Tours – London
If you’ve ever descended upon Camden in London, England – you’ll know that this place is the quirkiest of the lot. With vintage and retro street markets snaking their way along the streets and people from all walks of life merging together in one, it should come as no surprise to note that the place is also overrun with street art. From poignant political pieces to British culture, the street art here is so varied you will definitely need a guide to help you make sense of it all. It will be well worth it.
Colorful Streets of Lima
Peru probably doesn’t spring to mind when you think of street art, but Lima is actually covered in color and paintings, and it’s truly beautiful. Every year, people from all across the world descend on the village of Barranco to check out the area that is covered head-to-toe in intricate and expressive street art. Not only is it incredible to look at, but it will also impress all of your friends back home. You’ll have an Instagram feed to be jealous of, that’s for sure.
Vienna’s Street Art Tour
The Vienna Street Art Tour takes place during the evening rather than the day, which means you avoid all of the crowds and get to check out the uninterrupted views of the walls and the buildings that are covered in graffiti. Vienna has the pleasure of hosting some of the greatest street artists in the world within their city, which means that their tags are immediately recognizable. This tour is a cut above the rest.
Looking to check out what really goes on inside each city? This is where you need to scrap the tourist spots and head to where the locals hang out – on the streets. These street art tours will help you get started.