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Top 10 Most Colorful Cities in the World – Travel The Broad Life

Top 10 Most Colorful Cities in the World – Travel The Broad Life

There are a lot of cities around the world with particularly interesting points that attract visitors. Among those are cities with rows of houses painted in all kinds of colors. Each of those destinations has its unique beauty, impressing any visitor. Let’s follow The Broad Life to explore the most colorful cities in the world that will bring you the best vibe when traveling!

A quick summary of the world’s most colorful cities on YouTube.

Kampung Pelangi – Semarang, Indonesia

Kampung Pelangi, the 'Rainbow Village' in Semarang, Indonesia
Kampung Pelangi, the ‘Rainbow Village’ in Semarang, Indonesia, is one of the most colorful cities in the world.

To prove that a single stain of paint can make a difference to the world, in 2017 the small village of Kampung Pelangi in the south Semarang of Java Island underwent a dramatic transformation. With support from a government loan, Kampung Pelangi has had a colorful makeover to attract tourism. As a result, the plan was successful when social networks were flooded with images of the village. Now, Kampung Pelangi is fondly named “Rainbow Village”.

Willemstad – Curaçao

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The capital of Curacao, Willemstad is one of the most colorful cities in the world.

The vibrant colors that adorn the island capital of Willemstad, Curaçao, south Caribbean, stem from a governor’s headache. In the 1800s, this governor claimed that white caused his migraines and he issued an edict that buildings could be painted anything but white. Today, this city has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

By the way, make sure you don’t miss the specialty orange-flavored liqueur of the city. Also, tasting drink at the street café is a way to enjoy your days in Willemstad.

Colmar – France

Colmar France one of the most colorful cities in the world
You can take a day trip to Colmar from Paris by train.

Winding streets, narrow canals, and a series of old pastel houses characterize the town of Colmar in the Grand Est region of northeastern France, making it one of the most colorful cities in the world. Indeed, this fairy-tale town is famous for its many historic buildings from the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. A Colmar boat tour will be ideal to start exploring the city. In addition, this place is also the wine capital of the Alsace region, France. So, make sure you have time to taste the best wine in this city.

Jaipur – Rajasthan, India

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The colorful Patrika Gate between the city walls of Jaipur.

In 1853, the entire city of Jaipur was painted pink. To this day, the state capital of Rajasthani retains its signature pink color throughout its historic buildings, homes, and shops. Pictured above is the Patrika Gate, one of the seven gates between the city walls of Jaipur.

Nyhavn – Copenhagen, Denmark

Nyhavn canal tour among the colorful houses
Nyhavn canal tour among the colorful houses is the must-do thing in the city of Copenhagen.

The brightly colored houses along the canal in the Nyhavn area were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Originally, this neighborhood was a poor place with noisy pubs. Nowadays, it is considered a place with the most famous scenery in the Danish capital with a wide range of high-class restaurants and cafes. Travelers who come to the city also love taking the canal tour to explore this beautiful, vibrant part of Copenhagen. Certainly, you will enjoy this area so much.

Bergen – Norway

Bergen Norway winter
Bergen Norway winter is from Dec to Apr.

Although each season has its unique charm, Bergen is truly enchanting when it is covered with snow. In winter, colorful houses clinging to the mountainside, huddled together against the cold, beautifully reflected in the clear waters of the North Sea. Furthermore, it’s the best time for you to enjoy activities in the snow such as skiing, sledding, or hiking.

Little India – Singapore

travels in Little India Singapore at night with many things to do
Travels in Little India Singapore at night with many things to do.

Indian immigrants recreated their homeland with colorful buildings and temples. Indeed, the Little India neighborhood located near the Serangoon River is filled with shops, street markets, and eye-catching buildings, making it one of the most vibrant and colorful cities in the world. Visiting here, you can smell the fragrant Indian street food filling the air. Especially, during the Hindu celebration of Diwali, the area will be at its most vibrant.

Read more: Singapore Tourist Attractions: The Best Places to Visit in Singapore

Comfort Town – Kyiv, Ukraine

aerial view of Comfort Town, one of the most colorful cities in the world
An aerial view of Comfort Town, Kyiv with many colorful buildings.

Standard social housing units built during the Soviet era in the capital of Ukraine are famous for their unique look and functionality. In particular, Comfort Town is somewhat different. This 40-hectare site in central Kyiv features rainbow-colored buildings that almost look like they’re made from children’s toy blocks. Indeed, many people call it the ‘Lego houses’. Therefore, it’s a popular check-in place for travelers in Kyiv.

Guatape – Colombia

Guatape is one of the most colorful cities in Colombia
You can take a Guatape day trip from Medellin, but it’s better to spend a weekend there.

A two-hour drive from Medellin, the town of Guatape is the most famous and colorful place in Colombia. It used to be a place where people did farming and mining for a living. Currently, Guatape has become a tourist attraction thanks to its brightly painted streets, bas-relief houses, café, and stunning waterfront. Besides that, travelers who come to the city can enjoy the breathtaking view from above of the whole area after climbing the giant rock La Piedra Del Peñol.

St. John’s – Newfoundland, Canada

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The city center is the best area to live in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Canada is a gorgeous country in my eyes, and St. John’s is part of its beauty. Truly, the most remarkable point of the capital St. John’s, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is a row of colorful Victorian houses that run through the city center. They are called colorful “Jellybean Row” houses with red, blue, yellow, and green colors. Colorfully decorated homes from the 1970s bring life and cheer to a decaying urban center. Moreover, St. John’s has amazing food and a vibrant nightlife that any visitors like.

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Khoi Nguyen builds The Broad Life with a desire to inspire people go exploring the world and live a more interesting, experience, and adventurous life. This blog shares the stories, pictures, and experiences at destinations where he has traveled to.


  • Nyxinked

    Beautiful! I love a city or a town that has a pop of colour. It always makes things feel more alive and happier!

  • Fransic verso

    Great ideas, I will add this to the list. Some of them already on the list. Thank you for reading!

  • A Nation of Moms

    These are all so scenic and interesting. It would be neat to visit these places and see them in person. Such great photo opps too.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Thank you a lot for your comments! It supports me a lot to create more great content.

  • May De Jesus-Palacpac

    oooh, I love colourful cities. I want to visit them so I can take photos and use them as references to my painting. Right now, I just get most of them from the internet.

    Curacao sounds really interesting to go to. And wow, that Patrika gate is beautiful!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      For sure these colorful cities will be the best references for your painting. And you have good choices for the place.

  • Anosa Malanga

    Taking note of this! I have never been to many of those countries and I would definitely include this places so that when it’s my time to visit the country and can see these colorful places too! I love the vibes and all of them are picturesque!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      The vibes from those cities will bring a lot of positive energy to you. Enjoy!

  • Rosey

    Copenhagen has been on my list for close to a decade but we just haven’t made it over yet. I’d love so much to go.

  • CSNA media

    You need to stop writing about these amazing places my biker list is getting to big!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Enjoy spending years riding to the places. You will surely have great experiences!

  • Ntensibe Edgar

    Yyyyyooooo….Guatape wins by a mile, to me. I think Colombians simply love those shiny beautiful warm colours so much.

  • Life With Sonia

    I can’t wait to start exploring!! OMG

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