The best way to explore Paris is on foot, and the best day for it is Sunday! With so many things to discover it’s not a wonder if you find yourself at a loss. There are so many great streets in Paris but you really need to pay attention along the way. Strolling through the streets of this amazing capital will draw you into real Parisian culture. Just let your feet lead the way…
My Current Top 5 Favourite Streets:
1st and 2nd arrondissements; Metro: Les Halles, Étienne Marcel or Sentier.
This street is full of local life. Here, you’ll find a great number of high-end purveyors and old-school butchers as well as fishmongers and fromageries. Don’t miss “Stohrer”, the capital’s first boulangerie for a taste of their incredible pastries while enjoying the lively outdoor market atmosphere in this street full of bistros and bars.
5th arrondissement; Metro: Censier-Daubenton or Maubert-Mutualité
This very old Parisian street in the 5th arrondissement has a lot of history and personality. It’s a well known fact that many years ago this road wasn’t exactly Paris’s cleanest hence its name ‘Mouffetard’, which refers to the strong odours («mofettes») that used to be part of the package. Nowadays, this lovely street is very picturesque with plenty of little restaurants, boulangeries, charcuteries and fromageries as well as a few newer boutiques. On Sundays, you’ll find a great range of fresh fruits and vegetables, and cheeses in the open-air market.
Cour du Commerce-Saint-André
6th arrondissement; Metro: Odéon
This lovely alley is known as the heart of 18th century Age of Enlightenment. Here, you’ll find the city’s first coffee house, Le Procope, one of the legendary literary cafes of that century. Its colourful flags, shop signs recreating pre-industrial street life, the remarkable cobblestones and a series of cosy hidden courtyards give to this place a particular atmosphere. Discover the many bistros and salons de thé as well as a number of little restaurants and enjoy delicious pastries accompanied by some of the best hot chocolate the city has to offer.
Avenue Winston Churchill
8th arrondissement; Metro: Franklin-D.-Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau
In this amazing avenue, located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, you’ll find two large glass palaces, the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais, built for the 1900 World’s Fair and masterworks of the great opulence of the Belle Epoque. The Avenue Winston Churchill culminates in the splendid Pont Alexandre III, the perfect spot to from which to enjoy magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides.
18th arrondissement; Metro: Blanche
Rue Lepic is a small street located in Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Here, you’ll find the famous Moulin Rouge before reaching the Café des Deux Moulins, workplace of the sweet Amélie Poulain. You can’t miss Le French Burger, a tasty hamburger elaborated with fresh ingredients from local merchants. For the history buffs out there, Van Gogh lived at n°54 on the third floor, from 1886 to 1888.
What are your favourite spots to walk around in Paris?…