Paris is a city that is bustling with life, culture, and history. It is an organic city, one that has developed naturally over time. The wavy streets, historic buildings, and places tucked away that only the locals can find are all indicators of how this is a living city and not one that was made for cars to zoom through.
For such a living, organic city, you really need to be on foot if you want to explore it completely. Walking around, meeting people, taking in all the visual history – these are the things you need to do to really experience such a city. In order to help you just that, I have listed below some of the best streets you can walk down if you want to experience the Paris culture.
- Rue des Barres
From gargoyles scanning the street to terrace cafes, this street slopes up and allows you to take in the picturesque Paris culture and historic architecture. If you want to visit a movie set, you can visit Café Louis Philippe where a scene for the movie The Ninth Gate was shot starring Johnny Depp.
- Rue Montorgueil
If you are more of a food lover, then walking this street will be perfect for you. You’ll start from one end and by the time you reach the other end, chances are that you’ll be full. The street has the ambiance of an outdoor market where you’ll find a lot, from butchers and fishmongers to cafes and bistros.
- Rue Cremieux
This street is full of charming colors through architecture, lots of green plants, bicycles propped up against walls, and ivy scaling on the walls. It’s a truly amazing sight and offers a very quaint side of Paris to those who are more into quiet and comfortable spaces rather than traveling around in cars in the metropolis.
- Rue des Rosiers
This curving, cobblestone street looks like it is a blend of the modern with the Middle Ages. It has synagogues placed right next to boutiques, food stalls, and much more. Walking through here, you’ll be exposed to a vast amount of Jewish history in Paris while also getting the chance to munch on some delicious macarons.
- Rue Saint-Antoine
While a mob was making its way to La Bastille through this very street back in 1789, it is now filled with food shops. From wine to cheese to baguettes, you can find whatever it is you fancy to eat while taking a stroll on this street. Walk a little more and you can enjoy all your food on the lush greens of Place des Vosges.
So, whenever you take a trip to Paris and want to explore some historic and interesting spots, visit these five streets before anything else. You’ll get to enjoy a lot, from amazing views to mouthwatering food. You’ll also get to see and meet interesting people and listen to their stories. These streets of Paris are bustling with activity, so you can be sure that your trip will not be in vain and you’ll come back with many stories to tell and with a much better understanding of the French culture.
Oh, and another thing; don’t forget to take along a camera to these amazing places. Capturing some of the details you see and the scenes you are immersed in will help you share these moments with your loved ones when you get back. Bonus tip: take the photos in RAW and then edit them in an automatic photo editing software for better results!