Paris France is the most beautiful city in the world. The kind of city you can visit over and over again without ever feeling like you’ve seen it all. There is so much to see and do in Paris. But the best way to see the City of Light is to plan as little as possible. Let your feet be your guide. Get lost a little. Walk everywhere and you’ll discover some of the prettiest streets in Paris.

From my many repeat trips, I have collected some of my favourites over time.  From the most famous streets in Paris to quiet streets off the beaten path. Here are some of the must see streets in Paris that are perfect for strolling. 

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Best Paris Streets

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 a definite must see.

Cafe with red awning with diners

Just like rue Cler near the Eiffel Tower, you’ll find produce, meat, seafood, cheese, bread and more. Also, flower shops line the curbs with pretty bouquets. Today, this lively food market street includes 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 and dine at Bistrot des Petits Carreaux or L’Escargot.  

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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.

It’s 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. 

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. Of course, the most popular street in Le Marais is Rue des Rosiers. It lies in the heart of the Jewish quarter and is where you will find the delicious eatery L’As du Fallafel. 

While in Le Marais, and off the beaten path, is the Village of Saint Paul in the 4th arrondissement.  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. It’s the perfect place for a stroll.

Experience | Join a walking tour of one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Paris, Le Marais, click here

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.

stone building with shutters and iron railings

Admire the original architecture saved from Haussmann’s rebuilding in the 19th century. Stroll down this secret street on your way to Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole, one of Paris’s prettiest cafés. 

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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.

blue building with blue awning

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 a must-see street perfect for strolling. 

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 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

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 and Rue L’Universite.

Next walk until you reach number 29, the Lavirotte Building. It’s one of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Paris. Steps away, between numbers 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 Avenue Rapp a must-see street in Paris. 

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 with its impressive architecture and Eiffel Tower views. An added bonus, Avenue Montaigne is near the most famous street in Paris – Champs Elysées. Both of these streets are a must visit during the Christmas season.

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Rue Crémieux in 12th arrondissement

This Paris street is a kaleidoscope of colours. 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.

yellow, blue and pink houses

This colourful street 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 is really nothing else nearby to see and do. So if you are short on time in Paris, I wouldn’t recommend making the special trip.

Rue des Martyrs in 18th arrondissement

This 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.

bakery storefront in Paris

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. 

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.

cobblestone road with buildings

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 like rue Lepic and rue Norvins to name a few. 

Experience | Let yourself be swept away by the charm and atmosphere of picturesque Montmartre on this 2.5-hour walking tour through the quaint Parisian quarter, click here.

As a holidaymaker…

One of my favourite things to do in Paris is to simply stroll. 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 must see streets in Paris that are perfect for strolling for you?

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75 Comments

  1. It is so true. Sometimes when you get so caught up in checking all of the sites off on your list, you can miss the opportunity to become part of the culture. By just wandering around you get to find hidden gems and see the city from more of a local’s perspective instead of as a tourist.

  2. Paris is for sure a city where you can spend day just walking around and taking it all in. Before the pandamic I read a newspaper article about the local residents in streets like Rue Crémieux. They were fed up with instagrammers posing in front of their door with fake keys or doing handstand in the middle of the street. We are planning a return visit to Paris later this year or at beginning of next year. I will save your post.

  3. I so love just strolling along the streets of Paris. Each area is a new discovery with my head swinging in all directions. Those views of outdoor patios brings back such warm memories of wine or coffee stops for hours. I must add Avenue Rapp to my list for a return visit to Paris for some great Art Nouveau masterpieces. And Rue Cremieux for those colourful houses.

  4. Definitely Paris is more than Eiffel Tower. Even the streets in the city over prettiy scenes and make a perfect walking tour itinerary. Rue Montorgueil, Rue Mouffetard, and Rue Galande are some that I want to see. I remember walking on Avenue Montaigne during Christmas and saw small Santas climbing on the walls. It’s so cute!

  5. It’s so pretty there and that’s cool how all these areas are so different! Would love to go back someday to just walk around and explore everywhere!

    1. This is such a great way to see Paris. To see a 400-year old tree, a 9th century church, markets galore, even art Nouveau, lots of medieval details, a new view of the Eiffel…I am keeping this for when we go back!!!

  6. This is such a fabulous idea for a post! There are so many places I go to, but the cities are so big that it’s hard to know where the picturesque, quaint streets are. These look so lovely!

  7. Okay – I am ACHING to get back to Paris. These streets are so dreamy they make me want to cry! There’s something about the architecture here that pulls at my heartstrings and I bet they’re even more stunning in person. Saving this guide for when I can finally get around to doing my Normandy trip: definitely adding a few days in Paris, too!

  8. This is a fabulous guide and your photos are gorgeous. There is no better way to get to know a city than to wander the streets and neighborhoods off the beaten path.

  9. Next time I’m in Paris, I’ll definitely have to check out these cute and amazing streets. Next time around, I’ll have more time and freedom since the last time I went, it was a school trip with the school I studied abroad at. So, the itinerary was a bit structured and we didn’t get that much time to explore for a weekend trip.

  10. I have been to Paris a couple of times but haven’t really fully explored it. Bookmarking your post for future reference. I think I have only been to Avenue Rapp multiple times. Honestly, I wasn’t really paying much attention to the street names.

  11. This one made me nostalgic. There is something magical about Paris and its streets are definitely the place to get lost. I still remember the freshly baked treats and the aromas from its cafes, the flowers shops, cute neighborhoods, colourful houses, street art and so much more. And its fun when you see Eiffel from different corners. A walk around the Seine river is also a must do.

  12. There is soooo much to see and do in Paris it’s incredible. Thank you for putting together this guide. I for sure want to take a walk down Rue Crémieux and Rue des Martyrs. Bookmarked this!

  13. Paris is such a magical place and Montmartre has to be one of our favorite areas in the entire city. We stumbled upon it by accident but our entire night there was one we would never forget. So many little restaurants and bars it turned into a great time!

    So many beatiful streets to wander and get lost in.

  14. All of them look charming, it’s hard to choose which one to do. I like walking, so I will do all of these when I go to Paris. I also like how you can find a cafe on the walk. It’s a wonderful stop for a break.

  15. Great post! These are some absolutely gorgeous streets! I am lucky to say I have walked down two of them, now I just need to go back and do the rest <3

  16. I need to bookmark this because I won’t remember the names on my own! Paris is an incredible city and its streets are charming and romantic. My favourite is the street with the colorful houses, they remind me of the area of Notting Hill in London, the colours are similiar.

  17. I love how you’ve structured this piece and your selection of streets – and your photos are so whimsical to match!

  18. Wow- love these photos and tips on which streets to stroll! Can’t wait to go back to Paris and discover more hidden neighborhoods -taking these tips with me!

  19. Oui! I loved this post. I’m keeping it to use as reference for my next visit to the City of Light. It’s a perfect idea for a guide to Paris, whether you are a first time visitor or a veteran. I’ve been a few times, but there are many of the streets you suggest I am sure I have missed. So Merci! I can’t wait to visit again.

  20. I’m sure I’ve walked along some of these streets before, but I visited Paris so long ago that I can’t remember properly. The colourful street is going on my list for next time though!

      1. These streets of Paris offer a memorable experience of lifetime.
        Strolling by the pretty chocolate and pastry shops, the pastel colored houses to the streets featuring art nouveau façades, is something I would love to experience.

  21. Beautiful Paris, where wandering is one of the best things to do. This post highlights just how different the areas in Paris are, from those with hints of art deco to modern brightly painted doorways very similar to lots of streets in London. I feel after reading your post I am due a return visit to Paris in spring!

  22. These all look so quintessentially Paris! I would love to visit in springtime and see all the flowers blooming. I only got to see Paris in winter for a few days, so while it was beautiful, there’s something about flowers in Paris that seems magical.

  23. This is another beautiful post Renee and I can slowly start to see the appeal for Paris. Keep sharing those gems with me, you are really changing my perspective on Paris. Some absolutely stunning streets and little alleys here for exploring and “the gram”.

    Carolin | Solo Travel Story

  24. Paris has some delightful streets to explore! Such a great post and makes me want to go back to this beautiful city.

    1. What a detailed post. Loved the way you have highlighted the street. I feel that one can explore a city best by walking. You have given perfect reason to take a long stroll in Paris. Loved the photographs as well.

  25. I love everything about this post, what beautiful streets. One of my favorite things in Paris is just to walk everywhere because of all the pretty streets. Rue des Barres looks amazing, I’ll have to check it out on my next trip

  26. Thanks for sharing these recommendations. I didn’t get to see as much when I was in Paris in 2015. These streets look so picturesque I have to make my way back and check these out! Love all your photos by the way.

  27. In this selection of streets, I’ve only ever visited Rue Montaigne to see the designer stores – didn’t dare walk in any case the refused my entry!
    This is such an eclectic mix of wonderful streets. We all go to Paris to see the big sites but miss these real little gems tucked away down side streets. I love the view down Rue de l’Abreuvoir. That is a real step back into the 17th Century and looks like it could be a village street in the provinces.
    Several scenes in your lovely pics are really picturesque and capture the atmosphere well.
    I must keep this post safe to go see these streets when I’m next in Paris.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post Barry. I always try to seek out the off the beaten path places even in a city like Paris, there is a lot more to the city then just the popular tourist attractions. Hopefully you’ll be able to use this for future trips to Paris.

  28. Wish I would have had this post during my last trip to Paris! I may have walked away with some better photos! Love your suggestions.

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