IMG_2071Paris is a famous art city. There’s the Louve, of course, but also the Orsay, the Pompidou, the Rodin museum, and many more.

But there’s another, free, place in Paris to see astonishingly good art: the street.


All throughout Paris, walls, monuments, stairs, and other places that would otherwise be overlooked are covered in art. It ranges from traditional looking graffiti to intricate, three-dimensional wheat paste pieces like the one above. It’s so interesting that frankly you could go to Paris and do nothing but look at street art and you’d have an amazing, worthwhile trip.


Much has already been written about Parisian street art, and there are even walking tours that focus specifically on this form of expression. I didn’t have a chance to take one of these tours on my most recent trip, but I did take dozens of pictures of the art I saw while wandering the city. The row of murals below, for example, cover the backs of shacks that run along an elevated portion of the Petite Ceinture — Paris’ abandoned railroad.


The piece below is several stories tall and is in a plaza near the Pompidou Center.

Just a few feet away from that soaring mural, there’s a set of stairs that, if you look at them from the right angle, show off a pair of lips.

Finally, the picture below shows a piece near Rue Mouffetard, a market street not far from the Sorbonne.

And below is that same piece in September 2013. During my most recent trip to Paris it was interesting to re-visit some of the art I’d seen previously. Much of it was still there, albeit with a few more layers from other artists.  IMG_3284

— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.


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