Street art has become immensely popular in recent years and serves as a great point of attraction in many places. Paris is rife with spell-bounding attractions and it does not lack in amazing street art as well. In fact, you can find interesting street art popping up just around every neighborhood in the City of Lights. However, you may have to look into the street corners, the quiet passageways, and the backs of buildings to find incredible street murals.
Below is a quick guide to help you find the best places to see some of the most visually arresting and whimsical street art when on Paris private tours.
Belleville is more popular for its monthly street food market and bustling life. Yet not many people known that you can also find many dramatic and captivating street murals in the edgy neighborhood. You can get down at Metro Belleville and head to Rue Denoyez to see some of the urban designs, murals, and colorful portraits of famous as well as lesser-known personalities in the entire street.
Rue de Belleville, Place Frehel, and Metro Jourdain also have vibrant portraits and artistic murals, which will surely fascinate and perplex you. End your Paris walking tours at Metro Ménilmontant seeing some of the best graffiti and abstract wall art in the city.
The Butte-aux-Cailles hilltop neighborhood stands toe-to-toe with Belleville in terms of classy street art. It is also known for its art deco houses and peaceful villas, making it a great place to reside in Paris to experience its culture better. To start exploring the street murals, head to the Metro Corvisart and walk to Rue des Cinq Diamants. You can see several colorful figures and murals at number 13, number 27, and number 30, as well as near the Basque restaurant Chez Gladines.
Rue de Charonne and Rue Oberkampf
Another area rich in interesting and eye-catching street art is the streets around Metro Charonne and Metro Oberkampf. Check out the sides of buildings, passageways, and sidewalks for many intimate touches of color and creativity. You can also continue to Rue de la Fontaine au Roi and Rue Saint Maur to find some of the mesmerizing open-air artworks, colorful figures, and pixelated figures in the 11th arrondissement.
The vast majority of notable street artists work in areas that are somewhat away from the major tourist attractions in Paris. However, you can also find some amazing murals and urban art in Central Paris, such as near Centre Georges-Pompidou and Saint-Germain-des-Prés.