21 of The Best Streets in Paris
Paris is the kind of city you can visit over and over again without ever feeling like you’ve seen it all. Want to know the best way to see Paris? It’s to get lost a little in the streets of Paris. Yes, that’s right! Let your feet be your guide. Walk everywhere and you’ll discover some of the prettiest, most famous streets in Paris. Strolling in Paris is my favourite thing to do!
From my many repeat trips to Paris (I beginning to lose count!), I have collected some of my favourite Paris main streets that I think you’ll love.
Let this be your guide, by Paris arrondissements, the best streets you need to seek out and leisurely stroll.
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Best Streets in Paris on the Right Bank
1. Rue Montorgueil in 2nd arrondissement
This Paris street is a feast for the senses. As one of the last remaining streets in Paris to operate as a permanent market since the 12th century, rue Montorgueil is one of the best shopping streets in Paris.
Just like rue Cler near the Eiffel Tower, you’ll find produce, meat, seafood, cheese, bread and more. Flower shops line the curbs with pretty bouquets.
This famous Paris street is lined with restaurants, cafes, and boutique shops. Specialty shops like G. Detou (culinary supply shop), Mariage Frères (tea shop) and Stohrer (oldest bakery in Paris). Savour a delicious traditional French meal at Bistrot des Petits Carreaux or L’Escargot.
2. Rue de Charlot in 3rd arrondissement
This Paris street is in the heart of the Marais district. An area in Paris full of history and charm. Narrow cobblestone roads, hidden courtyards and quiet gardens make up this neighbourhood from the 13th to 17th centuries.
Le Marais Paris is the perfect place to stroll and get lost in the maze-like streets. Rue Charlot, along with Rue Poitou and Bretagne are among the prettiest streets in this area. However, Rue Charlot is the chicest. It’s full of art galleries, up-and-coming fashion designers and trendy cafes.
3. Rue des Rosier in the 4th arrondissement
Rue des Rosiers, meaning “street of the rosebushes,” is a main street in Paris running through the Jewish quarter from rue Malher to rue Vieille du Temple.
This old medieval street is where the Jewish community in Paris settled in the Marais district at the end of the 12th century up until WWII. When walking along this famous street in Paris you can still see evidence of the Jewish presence. Signs in Hebrew, kosher food stores, old Jewish bookstores, and synagogues. It’s also where you can taste the famous falafels, with L’As du Fallafel being the most popular.
4. Rue des Barres in 4th arrondissement
This Paris street is as if time stood still. Stroll this short and narrow cobblestone street and gaze upon some of the city’s most ancient buildings, look for numbers:
- 2-10 – Hôtel des Barres built in 1250
- 11 – 7th century Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais rebuilt in 16th century
- 12 – housing for nuns rebuilt in 1514
- 13-15 – housing and private graves for the parish built in 1626
Sit and stay awhile. Whether it’s at the lovely terrace at Café Louis Philippe or Chez Julien. This street is a hidden gem tucked away from the busy streets of Paris.
Some of the best shopping streets in Paris can be found in the nearby Village of Saint Paul. It’s a wonderful maze of cobbled courtyards showcasing more than 80 specialty shops for art and antiques and high-quality items for your home. Entrances to this hidden gem are on Rue Saint-Paul, Avenue Maria and the St-Paul and Charlemagne gardens.
5. Cour Damoye in 11th arrondissement
This pretty Paris street is definitely swoon-worthy. Ok, it’s more of a passageway, but who cares! This is one of the best Paris cobblestone streets you’ll stumble upon. A street home to businesses, and a couple of shops – a designer, a coffee brewer, and an art gallery where the artist works onsite and happily talks about his work.
It’s small but oh so charming.
6. Rue Crémieux in 12th arrondissement
This Paris street is a kaleidoscope of colours, much like what you might find in Notting Hill. Pretty pastel-coloured houses with flower boxes decorating the window sills make this instantly a famous street with Instagrammers. Terra cotta pots filled with lush plants line the street.
Each house on Rue Cremieux shows its unique personality through its colour and art choice, like number 21, with its mural of a creeping vine draping over the doorway.
beautiful street in Paris is unlike any other in Paris. I can see why many are drawn to come to see it. But, honestly, unless you are near Gare Lyon, there’s nothing else nearby to see and do. Even though it might be the most beautiful street in Paris, first-timers, take a pass and add it to your next trip to the City of Light!
7. Av. de Camoens in the 16th arrondissement
Eiffel Tower lovers (well, that’s all of us right) this is a must-visit kind of street. The best way to find this most beautiful street in Paris is to walk along Av. des Nations Unies/Bd Delessert until you arrive at a beautiful staircase with a small monument to Luís Vaz de Camões, a Portuguese poet from the 16th century.
Climb the stairs to reach Av. de Camoens which has a scenic view of the Eiffel Tower.
8. Av. Victor Hugo in 16th arrondissement
History buffs will recognize this famous street name, yes, named (or rather renamed) after the famed author. Victor Hugo, poet and novelist of some of the greatest classics of all time including The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables, spent his final days at No. 124.
The busy street is lined with beautiful Haussmann buildings full of upscale shopping and restaurants. From the Arch de Triomphe, it’s one of 12 avenues beginning at the Étoile (the roundabout). Av. Victor Hugo is the second longest of the 12, after the most famous Paris street, Av. des Champs-Elysees.
9. Rue de l’Abreuvoir in 18th arrondissement
This Paris street is known as the prettiest street in Paris. Start your stroll at the famous La Maison Rose and continue down the cobbled road towards the Statue of Dalida.
This offers the best view of the Sacré-Coeur in the distance. Montmartre has some of the best hidden gems and Paris streets that are perfect for strolling.
10. Rue Norvins in Montmartre (18th arrondissement)
Montmartre Paris is full of wonderfully old cobblestone streets and rue Norvins is definitely one of the best ones to stroll! Nothing but charm and a glimpse of what Paris might have looked like centuries ago can be found on rue Lepic and rue Norvins. Here in Montmartre, you’ll find some of the best streets to visit in Paris.
The picture postcard of Le Consulat Cafe can be found on rue Norvins. This historic street was and still is, an artist’s hub, especially the nearby Place du Tertre – the famous location for artists to show their work.
11. Rue Lepic in Montmartre (18th arrondissement)
This Paris street is known for its artsy, bohemian vibes. Then and now.
Start your walk on this street at the top of the hill as it’s the most scenic way to see it as it winds its way down the hill, offering glimpses of city views. The street is lined with traditional Parisian cafes, like Cafe des 2 Moulins, the setting for the movie Amélie. Also, be on the lookout for No. 54 where Vincent Van Gogh lived with his brother for 2 years in 1886.
Another notable landmark found on rue Lepic is the Lapin Agile cabaret. Still in operation today, this cabaret has a long history dating back to the turn of the 20th century as a popular gathering place for artists and intellectuals.
Lastly, you can’t miss the last functioning windmill at Moulin de la Galette. This Paris street is touristy, there’s no doubt about it.
12. Rue des Martyrs in 9th + 18th arrondissements
This famous Paris street is considered the most authentic Parisian street. Actually, it’s more than just a street, it’s a community. Everyday life happens here.
You’ll find people popping in and out of specialty shops all day long. An endless offering of bakeries, grocery stalls, cheese, chocolate and pastries, as well as, restaurants. Also, an eclectic mix of shops from antiques to books to music. That’s why it’s considered the most perfect Paris street.
The best way to experience this street is to start at the top of the hill in Montmartre and then walk down slowly until you reach the bottom near the Church of Notre Dame de Lorette.
Famous Streets in Paris on the 2 Islands
13. Rue Chanoinesse on Ile de la Cite
For most, the beautiful Notre Dame cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle, with its gorgeous stained glass windows are the reason why most visit Ile de la Cite. For me, it’s the quiet streets that draw me to visit both Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint-Louis– the two islands in the middle of the Seine.
One of the most beautiful streets in Paris is rue Chanoinesse. There’s an air of elegance and romance to this street. The best time to have it all to yourself is early in the morning or later in the evening, it’s especially magical.
Of course, it’s the medieval architecture that makes this and other nearby streets worth seeking out. But what makes rue Chanoinesse an exceptionally beautiful street in Paris is Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole, one of Paris’s prettiest cafés. Visit here in early spring to see it draped in purple wisteria blooms.
14. Rue des Chantres in 4th arrondissement
This Paris street is one of the narrowest laneways in the city. Rue des Chantres is hidden away behind Notre Dame on Ile de la Cite. Early records from 1540 show that Rue des Chantres was once housed within the cloisters of Notre Dame. Chantre means to sing, and it was the singers of Notre Dame who once lived here.
Admire the original architecture saved from Haussmann’s rebuilding in the 19th century. Stroll down this secret street, along with nearby rues de la Colombe, des Ursins, and Massillon.
Streets of Paris of the Left Bank
15. Rue Mouffetard in 5th arrondissement
This Paris street is one of the oldest in the city. Rue Mouffetard, or la Mouffe as the Parisians like to call it, feels like you’ve stepped back in time. Don’t rush or you might miss the medieval details found here. Look for the frescoes and sculptures on buildings, a water well dating back to 1624 and the beautiful 9th-century Église St. Médard church.
This lively, pedestrian-only street is bustling with energy due to the street market that runs from Tuesday to Sunday morning. Rue Mouffetard is a local and tourist favourite and really is the best street in Paris!
16. Rue Galande in 5th arrondissement
This Paris street is picture postcard perfect. Steps from Notre Dame and the popular Shakespeare and Company book store, walk down Rue Saint Julien le Pauvre admiring the cute café Odette Notre Dame.
Stop in and treat yourself to the best choux pastry (cream puff) in Paris. Stroll here and discover this old part of Latin Quarter Paris which includes:
- the oldest tree in Paris which is over 400 years old
- ancient church St Julien le Pauvre
- the square of René Viviani which was once a 6th-century cemetery
- oldest street sign built into the facade of a 14th-century building
17. Rue de Furstemberg in 6th arrondissement
One of the most beautiful squares in Paris is Place de Furstenberg. This famous square has two trees in the centre of a small roundabout on a quiet street. And, that quiet street is called rue de Furstemberg. A bit confusing, but officially there is no “square” on this street, it really is just a rue.
This beautiful Paris street lies in one of the most affluent areas of Paris, Saint Germain. Surrounded by elegant Haussmann architecture and an endless amount of boutique shops and galleries this is hands down one of my favourite places for a leisurely stroll.
18. Rue Cler in the 7th arrondissement
As one of Paris’ most famous market streets, a visit here is a must for foodies!
Stretching from Av. de la Motte-Picquet to the rue Saint Dominique, this beloved street is lined on both sides with pastry shops, butchers, fishmongers, cheese specialists, wine shops, chocolatiers, breadmakers and more.
Cafes and restaurants spill out onto the cobblestone street. Sit and watch as local Parisians pop in and out of their favourite shops.
One of the best parts of this street is its close proximity to the Eiffel Tower. You have everything you need to make an impromptu picnic.
19. Avenue Rapp in 7th arrondissement
This Paris street features an Art Nouveau masterpiece. Walk along Avenue Rapp and enjoy magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower. I love how the Eiffel Tower can pop up between the streets. If you do too, walk along the nearby Rue Saint Dominique. This area features some of the best streets in Paris near Eiffel Tower.
Next walk until you reach No. 29, the Lavirotte Building. It’s one of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Paris. Steps away, between No. 33 and 35 you’ll notice a secluded courtyard tucked away from the crowds. Square Rapp offers a secret view of the Eiffel Tower. This discovery makes Av. Rapp is one of the best streets to walk in Paris.
20. Rue de l’Universite in 7th arrondissement
One of the best streets with views of the Eiffel Tower is rue de l’Université. This long street ends in very close proximity to the Eiffel Tower.
Unfortunately, the secret is out and it’s busy with Instagrammers fighting for that perfect street and tower view. Be sure to visit early in the morning.
21. Avenue Montaigne in 8th arrondissement
This Paris street is one of the most prestigious in the city. Rue Montaigne is known as the best shopping street in Paris. Luxury designers like Chanel, Céline, Dior and Louis Vuitton line the wide boulevard. As does the elegant Théatre des Champs-Elysées and exclusive Plaza Athénée hotel.
Stroll this chic street known as one of the best shopping streets in Paris. Av. Montaigne has impressive architecture and Eiffel Tower views. An added bonus, this street is near the most famous street in Paris Champs Elysées. Both of these streets are a must-visit during the Christmas market season to see the pretty lights when it really becomes the pretties road in Paris.
What is the longest street in Paris?
The longest street in Paris is Boulevard de la Villette. At almost 11 km (7 miles) it runs from Porte de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement to Place de la Bataille-de-Stalingrad in the 10th arrondissement.
What is the shortest street in Paris?
The shortest street in Paris is Rue des Degrés, at 5 m (16 feet) long, located in the 4th arrondissement near the Notre Dame Cathedral.
What is the busiest street in Paris?
The busiest street in Paris is Champs-Élysées. This iconic avenue is one of the most famous streets in the world and is popular with tourists visiting Paris.
What is the oldest street in Paris?
The oldest street in Paris is Rue Saint-Antoine, which dates back to the Roman period and is home to many notable landmarks like Place des Vosges, and Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis in Le Marais.
What is the narrowest street in Paris?
The narrowest street in Paris is Rue Dauphine measuring 1.05 m (or 3.4 feet) wide at its narrowest point. This pedestrian-only street is located in the 6th arrondissement.
What are the best shopping streets in Paris?
The best shopping streets in Paris include Champs-Élysées, rue de Rivoli for high-end and popular chain shops, and rue Saint-Honoré is known for its luxury boutiques in Paris.
What is the prettiest street in Paris?
The prettiest street in Paris is Rue de l’Abreuvoir in 18th arrondissement. Start your stroll at the famous La Maison Rose and continue down the cobbled road towards the Statue of Dalida.
Paris Travel Resources
If you want more travel inspiration for Paris, be sure to check out these articles for more great ways to experience Paris.
- Prettiest Parks and Hidden Gardens
- Secret Covered Passages
- Guide to Saint Germain in the 6th arrondissement
- Visit Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement
- Guide to Ile Saint-Louis in the 4th arrondissement
- What to Do in Le Marais
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One of my favourite things to do is to simply stroll the streets of Paris. And, with every return trip, I discover more of the prettiest streets in Paris. Some are famous streets of Paris and others are hidden gems. What are the most beautiful streets in Paris that you want to visit? Any questions or comments about anything in this article you can email me at email@example.com.