One day to soak up the street art culture in the Southeast of Paris Region
Enormous frescoes, temporary pieces or specialist galleries, discover all the facets of the urban artistic scene in south-east Paris! In Paris Region, the street art rises in the East!
La Butte-aux-Cailles: a colorful village
In the morning go and admire the latest creations to appear in the picturesque Butte-aux-Cailles. From Rue de l’Espérance to Rue du Moulin des Près, not forgetting Rue de la Butte-aux-Cailles, take a wander around the tags, graffiti pieces and stencils and discover the most active urban artists on the Parisian scene. In this district with a village feel, you are sure to come across creations by famous artists who often paint in this area such as Jérôme Mesnager, Invader or M.Chat. On the facade of L’Auberge de la Butte restaurant, a nice spot to stop for a coffee far from the hustle and bustle of Paris, Miss Tic displays pieces filled with analytical poetry.
Vitry-sur-Seine: Paris Region street art scene
Next stop is the unmissable Vitry-sur-Seine which lives and breathes contemporary art and street art! Take a table in the Mac Val restaurant and enjoy dishes carefully concocted by the chef Hervé Riebbels. You will like ‘A La Folie’ and the responsible and generous French cuisine served there. Then take a tour with Street Art Tour Paris: you will be guided around by an artist! They will reveal all the secrets to understanding the urban art and some of the many pieces scattered around the area. Supported by the town hall of the arondissement, C215 and many other renowned artists have made it their playing field over the last decade!
In the district of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, street art inside the walls
Once you have had a good look around, head to the National Library district where street art is sold in specialist galleries. At the trinity of the Galerie Itinerrance, Galerie Mathgoth and GCA Gallery, you can identify the latest market trends and discover emerging and established artists such as Saner or A1one. If curious, go on a tour of Les Frigos on one of their open-door days or the Lavo//Matik, a real cabinet of curiosities devoted to urban culture. Attend private viewings here, discover specialist books and journals and find your favourites among a wide choice of vinyls. Use your Street Art Cities app along the way as you look for pieces hidden in the narrow streets and don’t miss anything on your walk!
13th arrondissement’s street art frescoes
Finally, head up Rue du Chevaleret towards Boulevard Vincent Auriol. You will find pieces by L’Atlas and YZ, one of the most active female street artists. In good or bad weather, stop off at La Felicità, a food hall with an Italian flavour, to chill over a Spritz while tucking into a Margarita straight from the wood oven. As you leave, at the junction with Boulevard Vincent Auriol you will see the huge pieces by number 83: La Madre Secular 2 by Inti, Etreinte et lutte by Conor Harrington and Fragile Agile by Pantónio.
For a beautiful end to the day, jump on the overground line 6, towards Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile. From D * Face to Faile, not forgetting Obey, marvel at these gigantic pieces of the Street Art 13 project that make Paris’ 13th arrondissement a real open-air street art museum.
Street art everywhere in Paris Region
And if you have an adventurous spirit and want to explore the treasures of the Ile-de-France region, head for the Wall Street Festival in Grand Paris Sud! For 6 months, several communes in the south-east welcome internationally renowned street artists to paint enormous frescoes.