Paris Street Art Walk: Belleville and Canal de l'Ourcq / by Alexandra Fox

Staying with F- in Republique my last weekend in Paris, which is cool because I haven't really explored this area at all during my time here. It's quite a bustling neighborhood with a lot of mix of cultures and languages and food. 

Today we did a street art walk, starting in Republique and making our way to Canal St. Ourcq. There are quite a lot of cool pieces to see. We began at Rue Alibert, where there's a big wall that's decorated year-round. We happened to come across these sunny daisies:

Turning right on Rue Bichat, you'll find some commissioned art pieces and large-scale murals. These were cool, but the best streets come around once you've walked down rue du Fauborg de Temple, and turn right onto rue Denoyer

This is, supposedly, Paris's most painted street, and filled with graffiti art. Some of my favorites below:

After this, we decided to take a visit Parc de Belleville. It’s a pretty nice walk, and there’s a lot of art to be seen here as well. We then headed northward toward the Canal de l’Ourcq. Through Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, there’s a lot of pretty phenomenal graffiti art to be seen if you pay close attention, and look out for the walls along the old abandoned railway tracks. These were some of my favorite art we saw all day, though it was difficult to get down to the tracks and look up close.

Finally, as you approach the canal, there’s a lot to be seen along Rue de Crimée and Rue de l’Ourcq. Look out for the Star Wars montage along one of the underpasses along the canal. 

When walking back toward the metro station, there is also a pretty fantastic wall going down Quai de la Garonne, with this Planet of the Apes meets Star Trek piece. And, of course, a tribute to Phife Dawg:

Happy art- hunting,

- A