7 of the prettiest streets in Paris
From streets lined with multi-coloured houses to those housing the best pastry shops to the best shopping boulevards in Paris, Global Blue guides you through the prettiest thoroughfares in the French capital
Charming rue Bonaparte, located in the sixth arrondissement, leads from the Luxembourg gardens via Saint-Sulpice to the Left Bank of the Seine, and is famously regarded as one of the city’s most fashionable areas. The shops along the street are an indicator of this, offering chic clothing, books and tempting pâtisseries such as Pierre Hermé and Ladurée – so be sure to stop for a sweet treat to fuel your exploration of the area.
Avenue Montaigne, one of Paris’s most luxurious shopping streets, is popular with the most discerning clients. Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Valentino all have boutiques here, making it one of the best places to shop for luxury souvenirs in the city. The stores along the avenue are styled in the manner of elegant and modern Parisian apartments, which adds to its charm.
Rue des Barres
The Marais, one of the more popular areas of Paris, is also home to some of the most beautiful streets in the city. Rue des Barres is among the prettiest in the area. The street’s gentle incline slopes to the church of Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais; built on foundations that date back to the fourth century, it gives rue des Barres a medieval charm. One of the street’s cafés with outdoor seating is a perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee while looking at one of the top hidden attractions in Paris.
Rue des Thermopyles
Off the beaten track in the 14th arrondissement, rue des Thermopyles is the perfect place to feel as though you’ve left the city. Escape the crowds and walk down the street into an oasis of calm. This narrow street, lined with houses decorated with wisteria and potted plants, is truly picture perfect. There are no shops here, so it is never busy, and the leafy arches and cobblestones offers plenty of charm and character.
Like the brightly coloured facades of Notting Hill in London, Rue Cremieux is one of the most photogenic streets in Paris. The street’s pastel-hued houses offer a pretty contrast to traditional French gothic architecture, while bicycles, potted plants and cobbled street complete the picture-perfect scene.
Discerning gourmets should place rue Montorgueil at the top of their list of places to visit in Paris. The street is pedestrianised, making it easy to sample some of the best food shops, bakeries, chocolate shops and restaurants in Paris. Be sure to stop at Fou de Pâtisserie, an exciting new concept bakery offering a special menu of sweet treats delivered daily from chefs across the city. The street is also home to a top market with stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables to shellfish and cheese.
Rue des Rosiers
The Marais, which covers large areas of the third and fourth arrondissements, is largely recognised as the Jewish quarter of Paris. Rue des Rosiers – street of rosebushes, although these are long gone – was once the main artery of the vibrant local Jewish community in Paris. It is lined with a variety of deli restaurants, falafel stands and more modern boutiques offering various fashions.