The 5 most secret streets in Paris

1) Square de Montsouris

This name of this ravishing private road, which is lined with individual houses and was built in 1922, refers to nearby Montsouris Park. The most spectacular house is located at the end of the road and was built by Le Corbusier for his friend, the painter Ozenfant. The house with half-timbering that was designed by the architect Gilbert Buisson, is also one of the eye-catchers in this street.

cobbled lane at Square de Montsouris

Mbzt (Wikimedia)

8-12 rue Nansouty

2) La Campagne à Paris

The group of streets known as la campagne à Paris is a building block located on a hill to the east of Paris. The roads are lined with small red brick houses with rose bushes on the façades. They originally were intended as low-income housing: they were built on the land of an old quarry. Take the staircase to rue Irenée Blanc and explore this idyllic pastoral neighbourhood.

neighbourhood La Campagne à Paris

Place Octave Chanute

3) Rue Crémieux

Not many tourists or even Parisians know that this tiny pedestrian street, just a short walk from Gare de Lyon, exists. It has 35 free-standing houses with colourful façades. You might be forgiven for thinking you’re near Portobello market, with the greens, the yellows, the pinks and the purples.

colourful houses at Rue Crémieux

Sharon VanderKaay

19 rue de Lyon

4) Rue des Thermopyles

This long narrow cobblestone street, which is lined with private dwellings and workshops, is particularly charming. Stroll through this magical street and you will immediately forget about the hustle and bustle of the city. There are flowers and plants everywhere, the cats roam around freely and lovers walk through this street hand in hand. It also cuts through part of the building block.

wisteria plant at a yellow façade

32 rue Didot

5) La Mouzaïa

This green enclave near Parc des Buttes Chaumont is like a little island with its tiny houses, ower gardens and steep cobbled streets where it’s fun to get lost. Originally this was cheap housing, for working-class people, but nowadays more affuent Parisians live here, in this tiny village in the centre of Paris.

La Mouzaïa during spring

Emile Lombard

Near Parc des Buttes Chaumont

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