I Found The Most Beautiful Street In Paris And It’s Not In Montmartre

A large part of the time I spend preparing for a trip is related to photography. Not just because of this space (although it does help to have awe-inspiring photography on a travel blog, obviously!) but also because I just *love* the feeling of getting the perfect shot. Photography makes me very happy, and Paris is the kind of city that doesn’t even have to try. I swear, Paris has the most adorable and photogenic boulevards in the world.

After 8 trips in the city, I try to venture out the main tourist areas and explore the real Paris; the one where people actually live, go to the cinéma, or have an apéro en terrasse in the afternoon. So naturally, I barely ever go to Montmartre anymore, because no one actually lives there.

And upon scouting locations on Instagram, I stumbled upon this adorable rainbow-coloured city in what is otherwise a typically Haussmann-beige city. Welcome to Rue Crémieux!

One Of The Most Beautiful Streets In Paris – Rue Crémieux

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Not without a striking resemblance to London’s Notting Hill, rue Crémieux. I tried to find out why the city is so colourful, thinking that there must be a reason why it is so vastly different from the rest of the city’s. But I couldn’t find anything.

Initially named Avenue Millaud, the street changed names to Rue Crémieux in 1897 to honour Adolphe Crémieux. A politician and lawyer, he became famous after he authorized the “Crémieux Decree”, which gave French citizenship to over 35,00 Algerian Jews who served in the French Army during the Franco-Prussian War.

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How To Get To Rue Crémieux?

Take the métro to Gare de Lyon in eastern Paris. Exit the station and go to Rue de Lyon across the street. Rue Crémieux will be the second street on the left. Zoom in the map below and figure it out for yourself ;-)

Better yet: SPEND THE NIGHT! There is an apart-hotel with a few studios on Rue Crémieux. I can’t attest to anything since I haven’t stayed there (although I did bookmark it for my next stay), but it has positive reviews.

11 Comments on I Found The Most Beautiful Street In Paris And It’s Not In Montmartre

  1. Edna
    October 14, 2015 at 1:58 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s so funny, I used to walk by this street all the time years ago on my way to my favorite beer bar by Gare de Lyon. I’d always think, “that street looks off” and would snap a couple photos, but never knew it would be the same street I see on Instagram all the time now!

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    • Marie-Eve
      October 14, 2015 at 6:18 pm (2 years ago)

      You were one of the early adopters without knowing it! ;-)

      Reply
  2. Shannon
    October 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

    This really is the most beautiful street in Paris! Please tell me there are adorable or really good brasseries or cafes nearby?

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    • Marie-Eve
      October 14, 2015 at 6:18 pm (2 years ago)

      There are plenty! The 10th arrondissement is famous for its hip, less fancy food scene.

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  3. Stef
    October 14, 2015 at 9:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, this street is so pretty. Will try to remember it when I make it back to Paris one day.

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    • Marie-Eve
      October 17, 2015 at 12:58 pm (2 years ago)

      You must! It’s such a nice change from the rest of Paris (which is arguably quite nice too, but rather cohesive).

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  4. Libbie
    October 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for this tip! I’m going to Paris soon and will seek out this street. However, I can’t really appreciate your photos because they are so large that only about one-third of each picture is on the screen at a time.

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    • Marie-Eve
      October 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s unfortunate! My site is responsive and should automatically adjust to your screen’s size. Will look into it!

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  5. Megan Watson
    May 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm (3 days ago)

    Wow this is so cool. When I stayed in Paris, I stayed a block from this place. I have a picture of me on that very street!

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