Top 5 street art tours in Paris Region
Paris has made a name for itself as one of the world capitals of street art, with pioneering practitioners such as stencil specialist Blek Le Rat, Jérôme Mesnager and his “White Man”, and Invader and his pixel mosaics. Today, the big names in urban art (JR, Miss.Tic, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Obey, etc.) continue to conquer the streets of the Paris region with their colourful creations. To explore the neighbourhoods where street art rules the roost, try one of these tours!
To the north of Paris, between the Stade de France and the Parc de la Villette, the Canal Saint-Denis has seen strange coloured frescoes flourish along its banks. Launched on the occasion of the UEFAEuro 2016 soccer championship, the Street Art Avenue project invites artists and collectives to hijack the urban landscape.
With family or friends, you can discover fifteen monumental murals installed in places as astonishing as the pillars of the A86 motorway or the Cemex cement silos, complemented by tags, collages, and stencils. Guided visits and mini cruises on the canal are offered by the Plaine Commune Tourist Office - Grand Paris, by reservation.
The 20th arrondissement has proved fertile territory for some of the leading lights of the street art scene. Take a guided tour of Paris Street Art in Belleville, and become an intrepid urban explorer, guided by a local expert.
From Rue Dénoyez to the Belvédère de Belleville, the route takes in all the key sights, showing you the hidden depths of this working-class neighbourhood in a visit full of surprises!
Since Christian Guémy, the famous street artist known as C215, installed his studio there in 2007, the streets of Vitry-sur-Seine, have become a living manifesto of the street art scene.
South of Paris, on the other side of the ring road, the suburb is today an immense open-air museum for the internationally renowned artists Cope2, Bébar and also Finbarr.
Val-de-Marne Tourisme & Loisirs gives you the opportunity to discover Vitry’s graffiti treasures via three different formulas: a route running from Paris’s 13th arrondissement to Vitry-sur-Seine, two of the region’s street art hotspots; a tour of Vitry town centre with the association Vitry’N Urbaine; or a chance to discover Vitry in the company of an artist with Street Art Tour Paris. Take your pick!
Discover works by the likes of Bom.K, Vihls and Philippe Baudelocque nestling in the nooks and crannies of this hotbed of contemporary art. An original way of familiarizing yourself with the history of street art and getting to grips with its defining features before setting off in search of these eminent artists’ tracks.
The monumental murals that line Boulevard Vincent Auriol make the 13th arrondissement of Paris a veritable open-air museum of street art.
On the other side of Place d’Italie, in the picturesque Butte-aux-Cailles neighbourhood, the atmosphere is quite different. There, you can immerse yourself in urban art as you stroll along charming cobbled streets teeming with tags, graffiti and stencils produced by some of the most active artists on the Paris scene.
Discover these pieces from a feminist perspective through the Street Art & Feminism tour and see for yourself how street art is doing its part for gender equality!
Other places to see street art in Paris Region
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