Apart from the top attractions in Paris, like the Eiffel Tower or Notre-Dame, you’ll also want to see some of the city’s most beautiful streets. To aid in your vacation planning, this article reviews the 18 most famous streets in Paris to visit. We’ll cover roads that are well-known for a variety of reasons, including interesting histories, world-class shopping, exceptional dining, and stunning locations. From the Champs-Élysées to Rue Crémieux, here are the Paris streets you need to add to your itinerary. With a little planning, you’ll be able to stop by each of these locations on your trip! I’ve also included a map at the end of this article to help you find each noteworthy Parisian boulevard.
Rue Crémieux, located in the city’s 12th arrondissement, is undoubtedly the most colorful street in Paris. You can find this tiny, 472-foot (144 meters) cobblestone street between Rue de Lyon and Rue de Bercy. Although the quaint terraced homes lining this road were built in the mid-1800s as housing for workers, they now attract tourists on their vacation to Paris. Due to the number of visitors passing through this street, residents have recently decided to limit the taking of photos and videos. Nonetheless, this adorable pedestrian street is still worth a visit to see all of the candy-colored houses. Many tourists compare Rue Crémieux to Portobello Road in London or Burano in Venice.
Avenue Montaigne is one of the most famous streets in Paris for luxury shopping. It forms part of the city’s Golden Triangle (Triangle d’Or), along with Ave George V, and Rue Francois 1er. Historically speaking, this avenue is a sought-after location for some of the finest fashion houses in the world. For example, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Valentino, and Ralph Lauren all boast shops along Avenue Montaigne. Additionally, this Parisian street is home to the historic Plaza Athénée hotel and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. If you’d like to continue visiting major fashion houses, you can continue to Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
The Champs-Élysées begins from the Place de la Concorde and ends at the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. This avenue is famous for many reasons, including its Bastille Day parade, as the finish to the Tour de France, and for its luxury shops. Home to upscale brands like Louis Vuttion, Guerlain, and Chanel, you could easily spend an entire day shopping on the Champs-Élysées. However, the Arc de Triomphe is probably what makes it one of the most recognizable streets in the world. This popular French landmark was built between 1806 and 1836 to honor Napoleon Bonaparte’s victories. Nowadays, it’s a wonderful spot for a panoramic view of the city!
Often overlooked by tourists, Rue Montorgueil is a popular place for Parisians to do their daily shopping. This cobblestone street is lined with restaurants, bistros, cafés, bars, pastry shops, and other stores. Tucked within the huge city of Paris, Rue Montorgueil maintains a village-like charm. Thus, if you’re looking for a more off-the-beaten-track experience, you’ll definitely want to spend an afternoon wandering this street. While there, some of the most celebrated foodie spots you’ll want to visit are L’Escargot Montorgueil, Au Rocher de Cancale, and Stohrer. The first two restaurants are semi-formal and have been in the area since the 1800s. Meanwhile, Stohrer is one of the oldest bakeries in Paris, providing delicious sweets and baked goods to its customers since 1730!
Rue de la Paix
Rue de la Paix, located in the 2nd arrondissement, runs from Place Vendôme to Opéra Garnier. Although this street was originally called Rue Napoléon, the name was later changed to celebrate the peace brought by the Treaty of Paris. At present day, Rue de la Paix is famous for its many jewelry shops. For example, luxury jeweler Cartier opened a shop along this road in 1898. Other high-end brands you can find here include Mellerio, Tiffany & Co., and Piaget. Due to its reputation as an expensive street, Rue de la Paix is the most costly property in the French version of Monopoly.
Rue de Rivoli
Rue de Rivoli is a commercial street that runs through the center of Paris. While the shops are a major draw, most tourists find themselves here on a visit to the Louvre Museum. This road is a perfect place to shop for souvenirs to bring home to family and loved ones. For instance, Ladurée has a bakery on Rue Rivoli where you can purchase French macarons as well as a Thé & Beauté concept store, which sells tea and home fragrances. The Carrousel du Louvre is an ideal spot for all of your shopping needs and makes for a wonderful stop after visiting the Louvre museum. If you’re craving something sweet, head down the street to Angelina, one of the finest pâtisseries in Paris.
Rue des Rosiers
Rue des Rosiers, which translates to “streets of the rosebushes” began as the center of the Jewish quarter in Paris. This area in the Marais district, which is unofficially called “the Pletzl”, has been slowly changing into a popular shopping street. For this reason, Rue des Rosiers is currently home to a fusion of traditional bakeries and trendy boutiques. One of the most popular Kosher restaurants on this street is L’As du Fallafel, located at number 34. Its most-ordered menu item is the falafel sandwich served with eggplant and hummus.
Rue Saint-Dominique is a narrow shopping street located in the 7th arrondissement–the same neighborhood as the Eiffel Tower! If you’d like to have a meal along this road, don’t miss classics like Michelin-starred Le Violon d’Ingres and cozy La Fontaine de Mars. For a sweet treat, make sure to stop by Lemoine, Aux Merveilleux de Fred, or Grégory Renard Cacao et Macarons. As you make your way down Rue Saint-Dominique, you’ll still be able to catch occasional glimpses of the Eiffel Tower in the distance. You’ll also eventually cross the Esplanade des Invalides, a scenic green space ideal for picnicking and sunbathing.
Rue Cler, stretching from Rue Saint Dominique to Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, is famous as one of the best market streets in the city. In fact, many attribute its popularity to travel writer Rick Steves, who calls Rue Cler his “favorite street in Paris”. Along this cobblestone road, you’ll find authentic cafés, boulangeries, and countless specialty shops. For example, check out Mariage Frères, a celebrated tea shop, Jeusselin Traiteur, a notable charcuterie, and Davoli, a highly-recommended delicatessen. Other popular shops along Rue Cler include Aux PTT, a French-style brasserie, L’Éclair, a cute café with creative cocktails, and Ulysee en Gaule, a yummy crêperie.
Avenue de Camoëns
A short walk from Trocadéro–one of the most popular viewpoints of the Eiffel Tower–you’ll come across Avenue de Camoëns. This adorable street is named after the famous Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões. Tucked away in the 16th arrondissement, Avenue de Camoëns is an amazing place to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower. It spans only 377 ft (115 m), from Rue Benjamin-Franklin to Boulevard Delessert, ending in a beautiful staircase that connects the two roads for pedestrians. You’ll find a monument to Luís Vaz de Camões at the bottom of the stairs, sculpted in marble. Many tourists seem to walk right by this avenue without realizing that it’s a hidden gem! You’ll typically only run into bloggers and photographers along this street.
Avenue Victor Hugo
Avenue Victor Hugo is one of twelve streets that begin at the Étoile (Place Charles de Gaulle). It is also the second-longest of these avenues, with Champs-Élysées taking the first place. Avenue Victor Hugo is most famous as the street where renowned French poet Victor Hugo spent his last days. You can find the hôtel particulier where he lived at number 124, which was designed by Pierre Humbert. Previous names for this street are Avenue de Saint-Cloud and Avenue d’Eylau. However, the city of Paris chose to honor Hugo as he entered his 80th year by renaming it after him. From then on, letters addressed to Hugo were labeled “To Mister Victor Hugo, In his avenue, Paris”. At present, this street is one of the most prestigious avenues in the city. Trees line the entire road, and you can find a statue of Hugo at the junction with Avenue Henri-Martin.
Avenue Rapp is a posh street in the 7th arrondissement, which runs from Avenue de la Bourdonnais to Quai Branly. The biggest attractions on this avenue include the Lavirotte Building and a square with a secret Eiffel Tower view. The Lavirotte Building, located at 29 Avenue Rapp, was designed by Jules Lavirotte and is one of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Paris. As you continue down the avenue, between numbers 33 and 35, you’ll notice Square Rapp hidden away from the crowds. Not only is this area gorgeous and peaceful, but it also features a view of the Eiffel Tower like no other. 3 Square Rapp is an apartment building also designed by architect Lavirotte, where he lived on the fifth floor. Other sites in this square include the Theater of the Eiffel Tower and the Theosophical Society of France as well as a small garden.
Rue de la Huchette
Rue de la Huchette is one of the oldest streets in Paris along the southern bank of the Seine River. Spanning only two blocks, it’s recognized for having the highest concentration of restaurants in Paris. Due to its proximity to the Notre Dame Cathedral, this Latin Quarter street is an extremely popular place for tourists to grab a bite to eat. Funnily enough, the majority of restaurants lining this road are Greek restaurants. Nonetheless, you can also find buildings of historical importance along Rue a la Huchette. For example, Le Caveau de la Huchette, located at number 5, is one of the most famous jazz clubs in Paris.
Rue Norvins is one of the busiest streets in the Montmartre district, running from the Place du Tertre to Rue Girardon. It dates back to 1672, where it was shown on Albert Jouvin de Rochefort’s city plans for Paris. In the old town of Montmartre, this road’s original name was “Rue Traînée” or “Rue Trenette”. However, in 1868, it was renamed Rue Norvins after Jacques Marquet de Montbreton, the Baron of Norvins. At present, this street is famous for preserving the image of Montmartre as an old town or village. As you walk down Rue Norvins, you’ll notice quirky shops in historic buildings with the Sacré-Cœur in the distance. One particularly notable spot is Le Consulat Restaurant, located at number 18. This café was frequented by famous artists who lived in Montmartre–some names include Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh!
Rue Lepic is an ancient road that winds through Montmartre, beginning near the Moulin Rouge and ending at Place Jean-Baptiste-Clément at the top of the hill. Legend has it that Napoleon originally commissioned this road after being forced to abandon his horse and climb Montmartre hill on foot in 1809. As this neighborhood became a center for up-and-coming artists in the late 1800s, many famous painters lived on Rue Lepic, including Vincent Van Gogh. You can find his past residence at number 54. Other notable addresses along this street include the Café des Deux Moulins, where Amélie took place, and Moulin de la Galette, the only still-functioning windmill in the neighborhood.
Rue de l’Abreuvoir
Rue de l’Abreuvoir is the most beautiful street in Montmartre and is famous as the home to La Maison Rose. This recognizable pink building is currently a restaurant that serves traditional French cuisine. It’s also a popular location to take photos for Instagram! This restaurant was, like many other popular spots in this neighborhood, a haven for promising artists. Specifically, there are records that Pablo Picasso, Albert Camus, Suzanne Valadon, and Maurice Utrillo all spent time at La Maison Rose. Based on Rue de l’Abreuvoir’s name, we know that it originally led to an ancient watering place. In fact, its history dates back to 1325, when it was mentioned as an alley. Sometime between 1325 and 1672, it developed into a full street, which was indicated in Albert Jouvin de Rochefort‘s city plans. This road has maintained the name of “Abreuvoir” since 1843.
Boulevard de Clichy
Boulevard de Clichy is a major road, just south of Montmartre Hill, which runs from the Place de Clichy to the Rue des Martyrs. Once upon a time, it was home to some of the world’s most renowned painters, including Degas, Picasso, and Gérôme. In fact, Van Gogh lived nearby and chose to immortalize Boulevard de Clichy in his 1887 painting by the same name. Nowadays, Boulevard de Clichy is most famous for its many theaters and concert halls. Most notably, you may recognize the popular cabaret Moulin Rouge, with its trademark red windmill. Here, you can have dinner and while watching dancers in elaborate costumes perform a can-can show.
Rue Lamarck is a charming street in the 18th arrondissement that runs along the side of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. It begins at the top of Montmartre and wraps around the hill as it descends down to Avenue de Saint-Ouen. Named for the celebrated French naturalist Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck, it officially opened in 1867. Over the years, the road has slowly been extended, making it one of the longer streets in Montmartre and the 18th. The metro station on this street, Lamarck–Caulaincourt, is particularly beautiful and even appears in the 2001 film Amélie. You can also find one of the most delicious brunch restaurants, Hardware Société, at number 10 Rue Lamarck. It makes for a wonderful stop after visiting the Sacré-Cœur early in the morning!