The Street Art of Paris – In Pictures

I don’t know how I discovered street art. Somehow it was suddenly there. Maybe I am just a lemming of a huge new hipster street art hype. But no matter how I came to like street art in the first place, I know I do. A lot. And Paris has plenty of street art.

un regard est si vite arrivé – a glance happens quickly by MissTic

During my first visit to Paris back in 2006, I was totally fascinated by the stencils of the French artist MissTic. Her art was omnipresent in Montmartre back then. So even without even knowing what a stencil was, I knew this kind of art was special and photo-worthy. Nowadays, MissTic’s stencils are still to be found in Montmartre, but she has moved her art onto the international galleries… and there is space for new discoveries!

Montmartre is still a great place for art to encounter you in every possible way, but nothing compares to Le Marais! Walking with your eyes open in the Marais, you will find art hidden EVERYWHERE. I couldn’t walk three steps in a row without taking a picture of something arty…

Here are my favorite street art shots from all over Paris!

regarde le ciel – gaze at the sky

Colorful murals in Montmarte

Cute stencil in Le Marais

La nuit tous le chats sont gris – At night, all cats are gray

Moustache. Beware!

Art behind literally every street corner in Le Marais!

La sagesse commence dans l’émerveillement – Wisdom begins with wonder

Colors and familar faces in Le Marais

Rue des Rosiers is a street art heaven!!

Mona Lisa meets Dagobert – Art is Money! (?)


Wall Hunter in Le Marais 

Space invaders are everywhere!

My favorite combination: A Gothic church and the mesmerizing mural by Jef Aérosol next to the Centre Pompidou

Which street art photo is your favorite? Do you have any interpretations to share? I would love to hear your opinions on my Parisian street art finds!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    Great shots! What’s really sad is that I know where most of these are and have photographed them; someone clearly spends too much time wandering around the in rain in Le Marais by herself, haha. My favorite one is of the street art by Pompidou, it’s so cool!

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks, Ashley! I had a feeling would recognize most of these 🙂
      Yes, that one was my absolute favorite too – the location is just priceless!

  • I LOVE the one of the cat! I remember in art school always having the graffiti vs mural debate and here in the US, most graffiti is viewed as vandalism. It’s such a shame because I think street art adds such a interesting dynamic to a city. I thought the street art in Berlin this summer was pretty amazing too!

    • JulikaSarah

      Me too, Sarah! I love how street art uses these little aphorisms to give them a meaningful twist 🙂
      That is indeed a difficult debate, and there certainly are kinds of graffiti which can be considered vandalism – sprayed trains for example. But other than that you’re totally right – I love that arty urban dynamic too!
      I haven’t been to Berlin in forever, but it’s definitely on the list for 2013!

  • Colleen Brynn

    I love these! I’m definitely a sucker for street art as well… I have to say I love the one of the cat…

    • JulikaSarah

      Paris is such an awesome destination for street art lovers! The cat is so intriguing right? 🙂