From the gloriously quaint and winding cobblestones of Montmartre to the boutique lined walkways of the Marais, the streets of Paris sizzle with fashion, food and culture. Here are the five prettiest streets in the French capital that you simply cannot miss, especially if you’re visiting IMCAS World Congress!
A heady mix of food and fashion leads you from St. Sulpice down to the Seine via Rue Bonaparte. The finest French pastry chef, Pierre Herme, has chosen to locate his patisserie on this road with tempting sweet delicacies including his famous and sublime black lemon macarons. Due to its reputation as the best patisserie in Paris, sweet-toothed mobs crowd around the pastry displays and stream out the door whilst waiting for their delicious treats. This street is not merely a food mecca. The sophisticated perfumeries and fashionable window displays will beckon you in as you leisurely wander down towards the river before ending your stroll with a café-au-lait.
Located in the corner of the 12th arrondissement, Rue Crémieux is an endearing and tiny cobbled lane that encourages tourists and Parisians alike to forget the hustle and bustle of the city. Lined with pastel coloured façades of blue, green and yellow, and crisp white window shutters this street would look more at home by the harbour of a charming fishing village. Terracotta pots of gerberas and hanging baskets overflowing with lavender infuse the air with delightful floral aromas that intrigue the senses. With fashion bloggers becoming wise to the charms of this beautiful pedestrianised street as a backdrop for displaying the latest trends, this hidden haven will not stay a secret for very much longer.
Rue Vieille du Temple
Eclectic, lively and dynamic are three words to describe Rue Vielle du Temple. With awe-inspiring architecture, foodie hotspots and chic fashion houses, this is a street that offers something for everybody. Bicycles with traditional wicker baskets are dotted along the avenue and graffiti murals grace the empty wall space between buildings. The epitome of French café culture, live music emanates onto the street. The outside terraces of the friendly eateries provide a perfect refuge for Parisian bistro delights after picking up some designer jewellery at Hod or a holdall adorned with sequins from Vanessa Bruno’s popular boutique.
Rue du Chat qui Pêche
You may not be able to say it, but you should definitely go and discover this quirky curiosity of a street! The narrowest lane in Paris at only 1.8 metres wide, it is the most unique alleyway in the French capital. Sandwiched between two buildings, it initially doesn’t sound like a very pretty street but venture down there and you will see some incredible urban art by street artist Nemo and the view when you emerge from the narrow passageway is a breathtaking vista of the River Seine.
An avenue that has it all and simply cannot be left off the list! Whatever aspect of French life you are looking for you’ll be sure to find it here. Stretching from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, walking the entire two kilometre length of this iconic street is not for the faint-hearted. Thankfully, designer fashion boutiques such as Louis Vitton, Guerlain, Dior and Chanel make the aching feet worth it. This is an avenue that, without a doubt, exudes luxury and grandeur. Champs-Élysées Avenue is at its prettiest at night when the trees that line the avenue twinkle with hundreds of tiny lights and romance is high on the agenda. The Arc de Triomphe becomes illuminated and from its rooftop gallery provides the perfect vista point from which to look down the length of the opulent boulevard and admire its beauty.