In Paris, you will find graffiti everywhere you go, but in contrast to your experience in other cities you will find yourself keeping track and enjoying the curious markings, to which the Parisians affectionately refer to as ‘street art.’ In another post here on the Experience First blog, you will be able to further explore examples of this.
Here is a guide to some of the top five areas to spot amazing, one-of-a-kind street art in Paris:
- Rue de L’Ourcq
In the 19th arrondissement, you can stumble upon outdoor frescos and colorful landscapes featuring urban scenes and characters, and specifically the famous lines of Artof Popof, French painter and street artist.
- Place Igor Stravinsky
In the 14th arrondissement, specifically right next to the Centre Pompidou, you will find a giant, 350 meters squared mural of Salvador Dalí on the wall by the sculpture fountain motioning to hush you in this bustling city and it’s one of the most magical sights ever. Plenty of artists roam around here creating their art for all to see on the street with chalk or paints and even sell their own paintings.
- Serge Gainsbourg Wall
In the 7th arrondissement, you will come face to face with famous French singer, Serge Gainsbourg. This wall is outside his former home and is often covered to the brim with graffiti, which means the subject of the graffiti changes. It used to feature a portrait of him and Brigitte Bardot last time I visited.
- Wall of L’Européen
In the 18th arrondissement, you will find yet another area of street art with strange characters dancing about on the walls. Painted by several street artists in 2010, who wanted to repaint the L’Européen concert hall to feature wildlife, famous and symbolic characters.
In Montmartre, you will find a center for artists to paint tourists and visitors to the great city of Paris, but dotting these historic village-type walls there are even more secret finds to be discovered, including a mural to Édith Piaf.