What could be New Zealand’s “most infamous street” is also one of the “most interesting places to visit” in our biggest city, according to a Washington Post travel guide.

The third-biggest US newspaper by circulation recommended Auckland’s Karangahape Road, or K Road, in a travel feature published earlier this week.

“Go thrift shopping, head to pasta happy hour and see a drag show on New Zealand’s coolest street,” the Washington Post suggested to its readers.

“Karangahape Road might be the most infamous street in this country.”

The travel guide of the American newspaper highlighted the street’s “checkered history” and its current status as a hub for culture and community.

The street, which dates back to the 19th century, has seen its share of ups and downs, from being a bustling commercial centre to a red-light district to the diverse melting pot that it is today.

In 2022, UK-based Time Out magazine named Karangahape Road as the sixth coolest street in the world, calling it the “bohemian heart” of Auckland, with a “diverse and expressive community of artists, musicians, and creatives.”

The Washington Post article recommended five spots on the street for visitors to check out, ranging from a vintage clothing store Crushes, to the contemporary Pacific art gallery Tautai Gallery, and the Caluzzi Drag Cabaret.

It also mentioned the street’s nightlife, featuring Club Burlesque at the Las Vegas Club and popular Italian restaurant Coco’s Cantina.