It’s official: Paris is the prettiest city in the world! Okay, maybe only in my opinion. However, a walk down these pretty Paris streets may just convince you to feel the same way. And (if you don’t already) perhaps you’ll start believing that the city of love is a place worth returning to again, and again… and again! After all one of the biggest draws of Paris is its cobble lined streets, wide leafy boulevards, and sidewalk cafés.
Rue des Rosiers
Situated in the very heart of le Marais, Rue des Rosiers is one of those streets that makes you feel like you’re strolling through the Paris straight from a movie. A cobbled lane filled with cafés, eateries, and independent boutiques, Rue des Rosiers is easily one of the most iconic streets Paris has to offer. Oh, and while there be sure not to miss the world famous L’As du Fallafel. Located at number 34 Rue des Rosiers, I’ve never tasted such good falafel (and at such a good price too!)
Rue des Barres
Trailing ivy covers the house at the end of the road and the cobbled nature of the alley means that few cars can, or even will venture up this narrow lane. Rue des Barres is the perfect location to sip on an espresso and escape the hustle and bustle of le Marais. Here lies your opportunity to stroll down one of Paris’ prettiest streets, camera in one hand, curiosity in the other…
There are as many secrets and little pieces of history hidden along Rue Chanoinesse as the road is old. Home to one of the best cafés in Paris, and even a courtyard paved with repurposed gravestones, this street is a mere’s stone throw away from Notre Dame.
Full of colourful houses and plenty of cats, Rue Cremieux has become pretty ‘insta famous’ in the past few years. And for good reason. You can’t stroll down this street without snapping at least one or two of the colourful houses and quirky architecture. This road is barely a few hundred meters away from Bastille Opera, home to Paris’ other opera house and once home to the infamous pre-revolution prison, Bastille.
Square de Montsouris
Don’t let the name fool you! This ‘square‘ is actually one of the prettiest streets in Paris and it’s close to one of the most picturesque parks in the city, Parc de Montsouris. Square de Montsouris is located in the 14e arrondissement of the city and is a great place to wander around if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of tourists surrounding more ‘famous’ parts of the city.
Rue de l’Abreuvoir
Of all the pretty Paris streets listed here, I think that Rue de l’aubreuvoir must be my favourite! The pink house of Montmartre sits at one end of the street, Place Dalida at the other end. Rue de l’Aubreuvoir is like stepping into Paris of the past, only this time with selfie sticks and proper waste facilities! Here you’ll find a cute cobbled road, plenty of trailing ivy and few tourists.
Okay, just one more street in Montmartre, I promise! Then we’ll go and explore some other parts of the city… So, I know everyone just loves exploring around the Parvis de Sacré Coeur, the Sinking House of Montmartre, and the likes, but the other day I was strolling through the back streets of Montmartre when I stumbled on this gem… The café of le Refuge is perched on the steps leading down from the top of the Montmartre hill and looks like it’s come straight out of the last century.
Rue Nicolas Flamel
Yes, you read that correctly. No, I am not making this up. Nicolas Flamel was a real person and he lived in Paris. It’s thought that JK Rowling owes her ‘Flamel Inspiration’ to her time studying abroad in Paris during university. Although Flamel was an academic and store owner in medieval Paris, it’s thought that the ‘alchemist’ rumours surrounding him did not emerge until centuries following his death.
The cute little street of Rue Nicolas Flamel is located in Le Marais, not far from Hôtel de Ville. That large tower you can see at the end of the road in the picture below is known as ‘Tour Saint Jacques’ and is all that remains of a once grand church which dominated the area.
Quai de la Tournelle
Come summer time, there are few things I enjoy more than strolling along the banks of the Seine and admiring the Parisian sites. One of the best places to do this is Quai de la Tournelle. Wander past Île de la Cité, and admire the small independent shops that make up the Latin Quarter of the city. From this pretty street, you can see Notre Dame in all its glory (and even some cherry blossom in the Spring)!
Last, but certainly not least, no trip to Paris would be complete without a stroll along the iconic Champs. Literally translated as ‘Elysian Fields’, of all the pretty Paris streets on this list, surely this iconic shopping street is the most famous. And with the Arc de Triomphe on one end and the famous wheel at Concorde on the other, it’s not hard to see why!