Exploring Paris Street Art

This is a guest post by the team at Context Travel. They have shared some of their expert advice on some fun new ways to discover the City of Light. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Paris, like most major metropolises, attracts artists of many kinds, and graffiti artists are no exception. Far beyond the spray-painted wall scribble with which many associate it, graffiti has over the last few decades evolved into a respected expression of public art, often with strong political and social messages. It’s no surprise that Paris has long been known as a leader in such urban art, and pieces from the large-scale to the barely perceptible can be found all over the city, even in its wealthiest quartiers. Here we point out just some of the best areas to see true graffiti art in the ever-changing canvas that is Paris.

Artists at work on rue Dénoyez in Belleville.

Artists at work on rue Dénoyez in Belleville.

Le M.U.R.

Le M.U.R. is a billboard-sized wall on rue Oberkampf, in the 11th arrondissement, that hosts the work of artists from around the world. Every two to four weeks, the non-profit that manages the wall (one of Continue reading

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Best Brunch Bites in Paris

Not sure about you guys, but as fall and winter loom closer, we are in the market for places to withstand the temps and nourish our souls with some good old fashioned brunch.  We’ve done the work for you, here are some of our top picks as of late!

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Le 37m2:

Tawainese food for brunch?  Seems a bit odd, but I have two words for you: bubble tea.  At their super cool location in Pigalle, Le 37m2 offers this unique tea which contains grains of tapioca and is blended with a number of sweet flavors.  They shake Continue reading

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Auctions & Auction Houses in Paris

Auction houses  in Paris come in all shapes and sizes and handle everything from consignment sales to fine art auctions. The auction experience makes art and collectibles accessible to the broadest possible audience and offers a fresh way to discover, browse and buy premium pieces.  Here are some of the best auctions to find hidden gems and many unique pieces that you won’t find at traditional stores or even French markets:

 

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Galerie Liova-Marc Perpitch:

This dealer specializes in Medieval, Renaissance and 15th Continue reading

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End of Summer Days | Giverny

Paris has enjoyed a bit of an Indian Summer these past few weeks and many have sought out some of the beautiful gardens and outdoor attractions to catch some of those warm sun rays before the temperatures drop. I was invited on a delightful day trip to Giverny a few weeks ago and thought I would share some photos and recommendations for any future trips.

photo 2While we drove from Paris, Giverny is accessible by train from Gare St. Lazare to Vernon and then there are busses and even bike tours that depart from the sleepy town to Monet’s gardens.

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How to Ride the Metro like a Pro

The Paris metro system is one of the easiest and most efficient systems in the world. Learning how to navigate it like a pro is key in becoming a real Parisian. This post will give you a nice introduction to the Paris underground system and some of our expert tips and tricks to help you on your way to becoming a Metro expert.

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Lets first get some of the basics out of the way. The metro system is run by the RATP and first opened on July 19th, 1900, making it the second oldest in the world (after London). The system is

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The Best Flea Markets in Paris

In anticipation of the upcoming fall season, we decided to update our list of awesome markets in Paris.  Whether you’re looking for vintage clothes, fall ingredients for pumpkin pie, or florals to decorate your home, we checked out some of the coolest and most extensive markets in the city!

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Les Puces de Saint Ouen:

What will you find at this enormous market you ask? Clothing, antiques, vintage pieces….and a bit of everything really!  This is one of Paris’ most famous markets, up in the north of the city.  You’ll find porcelain sculptures, musical instruments, furniture, bird cages, and even military uniforms from the Second World War.  Most of the sellers have a Continue reading

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Passages Couvertes

We all know that Paris is beautiful with it’s Haussmannian architecture and luscious gardens.  But sometimes Paris’ beauty is hidden in places that you can only discover after a bit of poking around in the city.  One such source of exquisiteness are the passage couvertes–glass covered passages that were built to shield luxury shoppers from the rain.  Originally there were more than 100 passages couverts, but that number has dwindled to about 20.

Here are some of our favorite passages in Paris:

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne (4 rue des Petits Champs)

Ever since it’s opening in 1826, the Galerie Vivienne has been filled with tailor shops, shoemakers, wine shops, restaurants, bookstores, and print shops.  This green neoclassical Pompeian style passage is covered with elegant glass, which makes it one of the most prominent passages in the City of Lights! Continue reading

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Stroll Throughout Charonne Village

This is a guest post by Lily Heise of Context Travel. She and her team have shared some of their expert advice on some fun new ways to discover the City of Light. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

It’s still possible to find little pockets of the countryside in Paris, mostly close to the city’s edge. Enjoy this amble through one of these remaining “villages, Charonne, a journey taking you back 150 years to when it was annexed into Haussmann’s 1860 grand scheme for Paris.

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Much like Montmartre, the working-class borough of Charonne, located in the northeast of the city near Belleville, was built up with small homes for the employees of its gypsum quarry, these were Continue reading

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Whats New | Summer 2014

While most of you were off vacationing on the beach this summer, we were scouring the rainy streets of Paris for some of the hottest new hangouts of the summer. Earlier this week we introduced Le Pavillion des Canaux as a great colorful and delicious hangout but there are so many more new openings of the summer to share with you! Now that you are all back from your travels, show off that tan at some of these delicious new spots on the Paris dining scene:

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Pierre Sang on Gambey

Pierre Sang on Gambey

After the mind-blowing success of his first no-reservations eatery on rue Oberkampf, Pierre Sang Boyer has opened his second restaurant just two doors down on rue Gambey and it is sure to be a smash Continue reading

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Le Pavillon des Canaux

In case you haven’t seen all of those colorful Instagrams of the latest trendy cafe/resto, we’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s Le Pavillon des Canaux.  This atypical house turned restaurant gives us a whole new take on the cafe/resto/bar scene in Paris.

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Big open doors welcome you to the space that is colorfully painted by street artists Supakitch and Alex One.  Every room Continue reading

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