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The best street art for Instagram-loving teens

Le Louvre, the Metro and Uffizi Gallery are on just about every art-lover’s bucket list. My Dad, an art history graduate, was in his element when we spent four hours wandering around the most famous art museum in the world. As you can see, my younger brother wasn’t quite as enthralled.

Young boy smirks in front of Venus di Milo in the Lourve

Most 7-year-olds are yet to develop their taste for fine art. Picture: Beth Plint

When you’re travelling with kids, you have to understand that your thirteen-year-old may not be as captivated by the delicate brush strokes of Botticelli as you. Chances are, they’re more drawn to the artwork outside the gallery walls. It’s 2018, Banksy is a household name and what was once considered graffiti is now a highly-respected art form.

Following the street art trail is an awesome way to explore a new city with artistic teens. And it’s totally free. Here’s where to find the most instagrammable walls in the world.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a melting pot by definition. Street art here is edgy and urban, influenced by traditional Chinese culture, a rapidly expanding tech scene and an enormous expat community. 

Street art

Street art in Hong Kong. Picture: Alison Godfrey

Artists such as Invader and Messy Desk are well-known for their kaleidoscopic works around Causeway Bay and Victoria Peak. If you walk down any of the streets in Soho or Central, you’re bound to find plenty of weird and wonderful artworks such as the one below. Originally commissioned by GOD’s store around the corner, the artwork is now a popular attraction in itself.

Hollywood Road street art instagrammable walls

Hollywood Road in HK Central. Picture: Beth Plint

Art lane in Sai Yin Pun is also worth a visit. It’s two main streets, Ki Ling Lane and Chung Ching Street, are splattered with brightly coloured murals and funky characters.


Hosier Lane in the CBD is covered from pavement to power lines with incredible street art. Even the air conditioning units feature quirky characters and slogans. Hosier Lane is the heart of Melbourne’s urban art scene, even if purists argue that it’s become too mainstream.

Hosier lane street art

Hosier Lane is jam-packed with Instagram material. Picture: Shutterstock

Some of the most well-known works to appear on its walls are Indigenous Boy by Adnate, the portrait of Aussie basketballer turned NBA star, Ben Simmons and the tribute to hip hop icon, Biggie Smalls. 

The nearby Rutledge Lane is also worth a visit, showcasing an ever-changing gallery of installations and murals.


A city as cool and eclectic as Berlin is bound to have a pumping underground art scene. However, there’s one thing that may hamper your street art expeditions – Berlin is huge. You can find pockets of graffiti art in the city centre but most of the hot spots are in the surrounding suburbs.

Street art in Berlin at the Teufelsberg

Street art in Berlin at the Teufelsberg. Picture: Shutterstock

A street called Dircksenstrasse runs along an elevated viaduct railway track near Alexanderplatz and is a well-known spot for urban art.

For an easy street art walk with kids head to the East Side Gallery international memorial for freedom. This 1.3km section of the Berlin Wall is adorned with thought-provoking art. 

The Berlin Wall

Construction of The Berlin Wall began on 13 August 1961. Picture: Shutterstock

The best showcase of Berlin’s urban art scene, in my opinion, is a little further out of the city but well worth the 30-minute subway ride. Teufelsberg is an abandoned NSA Spy Station tucked away in Grunewald forest, west of the city. Once used by the Americans and Brits to spy on Russia during the Cold War, the complex is now a huge canvas for street artists and urban sculptures. 

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Abandoned NSA Spy Station in Grunewald, West Berlin.

Abandoned NSA Spy Station in Grunewald, West Berlin. Picture: Beth Plint


Lisbon’s inner city apartment blocks provide plenty of Instagram material on their own. Awash with pastel hues and flower-draped balconies, these postcard streetscapes look pristine from the road, but their alleyways and side streets house some incredible urban art. 

View of the Rua Rodrigues de Faria in the LX Factory community space with street art on the wall of a building in the foreground

View of the Rua Rodrigues de Faria in the LX Factory community space with street art on the wall of a building in the foreground. Picture: Shutterstock

Calçada da Glória is a popular hub for street artists. If you take the funicular, Elevador da Glória, to the top of the hill and zig-zag back down on foot, you’ll pass hundreds of artworks hidden down alleyways and between buildings.

Street art along Fontes Pereira de Melo in Lisbon.

Artwork along Fontes Pereira de Melo in Lisbon. Picture: Shutterstock

Another great spot is Bairro Alto. Gentrification has transformed this neighbourhood into a trendy hang-out spot, attracting some of the most renowned street artists in Portugal. Be sure to check out the Lisbon Street Art app to find more than 160 pieces around the city.


New Zealand’s third largest city is quickly developing a reputation as one of the best cities in the world for street art. Christchurch’s urban art scene quite literally emerged from the rubble after the devastating 2011 earthquake. Colourful murals breathe new life into the dilapidated buildings, rebuilding a sense of community among Christchurch creatives.

Street art in Christchurch

The council has dedicated various spots around the city to street art. Picture: Shutterstock

While street art is typically unsanctioned, the city of Christchurch welcomes young artists to practice their craft in Rauora Park. An installation of eight enormous spray cans serves as a canvas for novice and renowned artists. You can grab a can and make your mark too, but chances are, it won’t last long. The park is always packed with enthusiasts, covering up old pieces with something new.


Bansky has dozens of artworks around London. The tiny rat can be found where Tooley Street meets the underpass at London Bridge. The Graffiti Area policeman walking a poodle can be found on Rivington Street in Shoreditch. Banksy’s falling shopper – Shop till you drop – can be found on Bruton Street in Mayfair.

Maid Sweeping by Banksy

Maid Sweeping by Banksy. Picture: Shutterstock

Shoreditch, in the now trendy East End of London, has become synonymous with the US street art scene, attracting visitors from all over the world. 

London Street art

Shoreditch is the home of street art in London. Picture: Shutterstock

A walk across London’s Millenium Bridge is a must-do for any tourist. Make sure you look down. Artist Ben Wilson turns discarded pieces of chewing gum into works of art. This bridge has at least 400 of his tiny artworks smooshed into its metal frame. 

London street art

Kids love finding Ben Wilson’s chewing gum artworks in London. Picture: Shutterstock

London is also famous for memorial street art. Pop culture shrines can be found all over the city. You can celebrate the life of Amy Winehouse in Camden by admiring artworks from Pegasus, Bambii and Icarus. In Brixton, a stunning memorial dedicated to David Bowie is constantly surrounded by flowers and tributes. In Shoreditch, there’s a tribute to George Michael and you’ll find a stunning tribute to Prince in Turnpike Lane.

A piece of graffiti of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in Brixton, London

A piece of graffiti of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in Brixton, London. Picture: Shutterstock

Keep a lookout around the city for the work of ROA – the artist who created The Crane in Brick Lane. ROA’s trademark black and white animals can be found all over the world.

If you’re walking around the canals – keep a look out for artworks by Jonesy. His art sells for thousands of dollars and features in galleries around the world – but in East London, you can find dozens of them for free. You will just have to make sure you look up. Many have been spotted on top of posts.

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British artist Banksy painted on the side of a wall in Westminster, Central London

An artwork by British artist Banksy painted on the side of a wall in Westminster, Central London. Picture: Shutterstock

Los Angeles

LA has Banksy, Shephard Fairy and dozens of instantly recognisable street art walls. Do the kids love Justin Bieber? You can find the street art ‘Retna’ from his album Purpose in West Hollywood. We’re told, however, that Retna has recently altered the wall from it’s original. 

West Hollywood Street art

This wall in West Hollywood was used as the cover of Justin Bieber’s album Purpose. Picture: Alison Godfrey

Just around the corner, on the walls of the West Hollywood Library, you will find a matching Blue Retna wall and an incredible elephant artwork by Shephard Fairy. 

Shephard Fairy is the artist who created Obama’s Hope election poster. 

LA street art

Shepard Fairey’s West Hollywood Peace Elephant. Picture: Alison Godfrey

Other great Instagram artworks to find in West Hollywood are the Paul Smith Pink wall, Collette Miller’s Angel Wings and the Made in LA wall at Cisco Home.  

LA Street art Paul Smith pink wall

The Paul Smith Pink wall in West Hollywood is now so popular they have a security guard. Picture: Alison Godfrey

The Arts District in Downtown has become LA’s home of street art. The walls here are constantly changing. We highly recommend an art tour with a guide who can explain the different artworks and artists. 

LA street art

LA Street artist Anti-girl shows off one her popular LA love hearts in Downtown. Picture: Alison Godfrey

Some of the more famous artists you will find here are Retna, Nychos and Hueman. Expect to wait a little in front of the more popular artworks for your chance to take a photo. 

Wall art Downtown LA. Picture: Alison Godfrey

Wall art Downtown LA. Picture: Alison Godfrey


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