Paris, France is one of those cities you can visit over and over again without getting bored and without ever exploring it to the fullest extent. There is so much to see and do. I have personally visited several times now and still find something new and beautiful to see. I made it my quest to find the prettiest streets and roads in Paris. They span from the most famous streets known by all to more secret less touristic streets. But they all have something in common: a Parisian charm that will make you fall in love with the city of Love! The cobblestone pathways and cafe-filled streets are endless. This post will show you the best shopping streets, the most instagrammable facades, and pretty streets, as well as where to find the best photo opportunities without herds of tourists.
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15 Prettiest Streets in Paris, France
This post covers the 15 prettiest streets in Paris, France but make sure you check out the Google Map at the end of the post which has over 30 spots saved!
1. Rue Saint-Dominique
Rue Saint-Dominique is one of the best streets to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower behind and lose the herds of tourists. The two best photo spots are right in front of Le Recrutement Cafe and one block closer to the tower at Brasserie Au Canon des Invalides (pictured above). They are also great places to stop for a meal too! Besides the many cars that pass through this street, you will find it pretty easy to snap a photo with the Eiffel Tower at a distance.
📍Address: 54 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France (Map link)
🚇 Closest Metro: La Tour-Maubourg
🏩Best Hotel nearby: Hôtel Duquesne Eiffel is just a 10 minute walk away and if you are all about a view of the Eiffel Tower then this hotel is for you. It has a view from. the room and is also pretty affordable too! (Click here to check the latest prices & book)
3. Port Debilly
Port Debilly is a beautiful spot especially during Autumn time when the leaves of the trees in front turn orangey-red. These gorgeous leaves perfectly frame the Eiffel Tower. It is located on a bridge next to Pont d’lena. As it is much less busy than the tourist-filled spots of Trocadero, this might be one of the best Eiffel Tower photo spots in Paris for sure.
📍Address: 3 Port Debilly, 75016 Paris, France (Map link)
🚇Closest Metro: Pont d’Iéna
🏩Best Hotel nearby: Hôtel Elysées Union is a great place to stay near the Eiffel Tower and has rooms with private balconies and an epic Eiffel Tower View. All at an extremely affordable price for Paris. I personally stayed here and loved it. (Click here to check the latest prices & book)
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2. Rue de l’Université
Rue de l’Université is another great Eiffel Tower photo spot in Paris but be sure to go early as this spot has become known to photographers. It is tucked away on a side street with close proximity to the Eiffel Tower. Not as crowded as the Trocadero for sure but still busy enough with instagrammers! It is definitely one prettiest streets in Paris.
📍Address: Rue de l’Université 75007 Paris, France (Map link)
🚇Closest Metro: Invalides
🏩Best Hotel nearby: Le Narcisse Blanc is a 5-star hotel in the heart of Paris. It features buffet-style breakfast every morning and friendly staff to welcome you. (Click here to check the latest prices & book).
4. Square Rapp
This street is generally empty – although located in the heart of Paris, it is a true hidden gem. However, it requires going into a residential courtyard so be respectful as people live here. It is a secret street in Paris where you can admire the Eiffel Tower in peace, making it so special.
📍Address: Sq. Rapp 75007 Paris France (Map link)
🚇Closest Metro: École Militaire & Gare du Pont de l’Alma
🏩Best Hotel nearby: As mentioned earlier, Hôtel Elysées Union is a great place to stay near the Eiffel Tower and has incredible views right from your room of the tower! (Click here to check the latest prices & book)
5. The Champs-Élysées
Quite literally, the most famous street in Paris is The Champs-Élysées. Here you will find the jaw-dropping Arc de Triomphe. A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without visiting this street. Also, it is the most famous shopping street in Paris. You will find expensive luxury shops as well as more affordable huge brands across this 2 km long street. Champs-Élysées has shops like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Sephora, and so much more. It also features the major department store Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées which has a terrace rooftop in which you can see the Paris skyline including the Eiffel Tower!
📍Address: Av. des Champs-Élysées 75008 Paris, France (Map link)
🚇Closest Metro: Ch. de Gaulle Étoile Champs-Élysées
🏩Best Hotel nearby: Splendid Etoile is a luxury boutique hotel with views of the Arc de Triomphe from the private balcony. Possibly one of the most instagrammable places you can stay in Paris. Be sure to book in advance as the rooms with the view do sell out! (click here to check the latest prices & book)
6. Pont Alexandre III
Pont Alexandre III is a spectacular bridge spanning across the Seine River dating back to 1900. It is located in the 8th arrondissement next to many other amazing tourist attractions like the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Élysées. You can see the stunning Eiffel Tower from the bridge which makes for the most beautiful photos of iconic Paris. This bridge may be possibly the most beautiful in the world. Named after the Emperor of Russia, Tsar Alexander III. It features Gilded Fames sculptures which ornately decorate the bridge.
💡Top tip: Go at sunset, you will be able to admire the sunset with the Eiffel Tower shimmering behind.
📍Address: Pont Alexandre III, 75008 Paris, France (Map link)
🚇Closest Metro: Invalides, Varenne, and La Tour-Maubourg
🏩Best Hotel nearby: Hôtel San Régis is a great place to stay located in a 19th-century private mansion. The highlight of this stay is the close proximity to most tourist attractions and breakfast on the terrace with a panoramic view of Paris (Click here to check the latest prices & book).
7. Boulevard St Germain
Boulevard St Germain is one of the most famous streets in Paris and is super charming. Located in the Latin Quarter (6e arrondissement), it is quintessential Paris with its historical buildings and many cafes. In fact, it is home to Cafe de Flore. Cafe de Flore is a famous Parisian cafe due to the high-end clientele, famous writers and philosophers flock to this cafe. It was also featured in Emily in Paris which has drawn even more attention to this historical coffeehouse. Grab a terrace seat under the beautiful awning and have a hot chocolate while watching time fly by. The hot chocolate is something special as it’s served in a pot and is very rich and delicious.
📍Address: 172 Bd Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France (Map link)
🚇Closest Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
🏩Best Hotel nearby: Hôtel de Lille is a beautiful boutique hotel nearby in one of the most central locations in Paris less than a 10-minute walk from the Louvre in the 7th arrondissement (click here to check the latest prices & book)
8. Pont Saint-Michel
For the most scenic sight in Paris, walk along the Riverbanks of Seine. Pont Saint-Michel is where you will see the Notre Dame perfectly placed in the background for a postcard-worthy photo. I definitely recommend the Sunset cruise on the Seine River with Aperitif. This way you can really experience the beauty of Paris as it takes you through key highlights along the way. Also, along the riverbank are many shops set up selling books, art, and souvenirs known as The Bouquinistes. If you’re a fan of literary be sure to check it out as well as other amazing bookstores across Paris. It is also a wonderful photo spot with the cute shops and pretty streets with the cathedral overlooking it all.
9. Rue Saint-Julien le Pauvre
Odette is not only a delicious bakery in Paris but its facade is one of the most instagrammed places in Paris. It is one of the cutest streets in Paris as it really seems you have stepped back in time. The cobblestone pathway on Rue Saint-Julien le Pauvre s the perfect place to snap a photo of this beautiful street. While you have time, step inside for a pastry and sit on the terrace!
📍Address: 77 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France (Map link)
🚇Closest Metro: Maubert – Mutualité
🏩Best Hotel nearby: Relais Hôtel du Vieux Paris is located just minutes away and is one of the best areas in Paris to stay (click here to check the latest prices & book).
10. Rue Chanoinesse
Another pretty facade in Paris is Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole. The exterior of this French restaurant is very detailed and cute. In wisteria season around April, you will find the purple flowers covering the restaurant storefront. It is one of the best places to admire wisteria in Paris.
📍Address: 24 Rue Chanoinesse, 75004 Paris, France (Map Link)
🚇Closest Metro: Saint-Michel Notre-Dame
11. Rue de l’Abreuvoir
The best road in Paris has to be Rue de l’Abreuvoir. It is a favorite street to even locals but has become more well-known these days. It is located in the Montmartre neighborhood which has many cute streets all around. This street just truly feels unique and picturesque – it represents Paris so well. La Maison Rose is the pastel pink building with green doors in which you see many pictures of all over Instagram. It is also a great place to enjoy a wine or even dinner too!
📍Address: 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris, France (Map Link)
🚇Closest Metro: Lamarck – Caulaincourt
🏩Best Hotel nearby: Hôtel Particulier Montmartre is a really cute boutique hotel and is a great spot if you want to explore Montmartre deeply! (Click here to check the latest prices & book)
12. Rue Norvins
Another cute spot in the Montmartre neighborhood is Le Consulat. This corner is bustling with people enjoying a french onion soup or a drink nearby. The red and green awning with Parisian style chairs is reminiscent of many cafes around Paris. Many of the streets all between this area are really nice so wander and get lost in one of the coolest Parisian neighborhoods. Another fun activity while in the area would be dinner and a show at Moulin Rouge (click here for tickets).
13. Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet
For the best views of the Sacre Coure without all the tourists head over to Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet. It is tucked away on a hidden street within a garden. You will find the spot to yourself so it’s a great hidden gem in Paris! During wisteria season it is especially pretty as the pathways are lined with wisteria. For the best photo stand in the center of the garden with the Sacre Coeur behind you.
14. Lamarck – Caulaincourt
After exploring the Montmartre neighborhood you might be headed to the nearest metro station, Lamarck – Caulaincourt. But don’t just rush into the metro! Stop and admire this beautiful corner with the quintessential Parisian cafe in the background and the Metro sign prominently displayed. Many great photo spots all around Paris include the iconic metro sign and this might be the best one of them all!
📍Address: Lamarck – Caulaincourt 75018 Paris, France (Map Link)
🚇Closest Metro: Lamarck – Caulaincourt
🏩Best Hotel nearby: Maison Souquet is 5 star hotel with chic decor and great cocktails (click here to check the latest prices & book).
15. Rue Cremieux
If you love color just as much as I do you will love Rue Cremieux. It is the most colorful street in Paris with its brightly pastel-painted houses. It reminds me of the streets in Notting Hill in London for a very good reason as it was actually inspired by Portobello Street in London! Rue Cremieux is located in a residential neighborhood in the 12th arrondissement. This once-secret street in Paris has become Instagram famous but maybe you still haven’t heard of it before. So be sure to add this hidden gem to your list of things to see in Paris!
📍Address: 21 Rue Crémieux 75012 Paris, France (Map Link)
🚇Closest Metro: Gare de Lyon
🏩Best Hotel nearby: Holiday Inn Paris Gare de Lyon Bastille is located in the Bastille neighborhood and in close proximity to Rue Cremieux. You can actually admire a beautiful view of the pastel-colored buildings from the rooftop of this hotel! (Click here to check the latest prices & book).
I hope you enjoyed this post on the prettiest streets in Paris. Whether it’s your first time visiting Paris or you’ve been several times like me, these streets will never get old!
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