When visiting Paris, you will no doubt want to see the main attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and L’Arc De Triophe as well as experiencing the local cuisine. But the only way to truly appreciate the city of Paris is to visit the streets. In this article we explore the most famous streets in Paris.
The most famous street in Paris has got to be the Champs-Elysées. This street is a mile long and stretches from the world renowned L’Arc De Triophe to the Place De La Concorde. By day the Champs-Elysées is a popular tourist destination and is on a number of tour routes. The street is lined with beautiful French boutiques where an assortment of items from clothing to beauty products, gifts and souvenirs can be purchased. It is also lined with coffee houses and restaurants. The Champs-Elysées really comes to life in the evening when the street is fully Illuminated, giving Paris it’s title of ‘The City of Lights’.
Place De La Concorde
The second most famous street in Paris has got to be the Place De La Concorde. The Place De La Concorde is technically a square and not a street and is situated between the iconic Champs-Elysées and Le Jardin Des Tuileries. This square was originally named after King Louis XV and then later renamed Place De La Revolution and then Place De La Chartre before eventually being called Place De La Concorde to represent the bright future of Paris. The Place De La Concorde is probably most famous for being the place where Queen Marie Antoinette was executed but today is has a more jovial atmosphere with the river Seine passing the back side of the square and the majestic Palais Bourbon being withing view. When visiting this square, check out the statues on each corner which represent the French cities of Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg and Bordeaux.
Again the Place Dauphine is actually a square instead of a street but that doesn’t make it any less of a tourist attraction. The Place Dauphine is much smaller than Place De La Concorde but is still just as historic, being home to both the Palais De La Cite and the Notre Dame cathedral. The river Seine passes Place Dauphine and a number of beautiful Parisian bridges are visible from the square. Place Dauphine has a relaxed atmosphere and is lined with benches, allowing you to take in the local sights and watch the truly French sport of Boules being played on the lawns.
Place Dauphine, Paris
Montmarte is a slightly off the beaten tourist track but well worth a visit when staying in Paris. This small street has a relaxed atmosphere with an underlying vibe and has been extremely popular with artists such as Vincent Van Gogh in the past. Today a number of art galleries can be found on Montmartre as well as the Basilica Sacre-Coer and the cemeteries of Montmartre and Saint-Vincent.
Place Des Vosges
The Place Des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris and as such, is a popular tourist destination. It is lined with historic houses and has been home to some of France’s most famous people including Cardinal Richelieu and courtesan Marion Delorme.