Paris Street Art Walking Tour

Paris Street Art Walking Tour
Cultural & Theme Tours > Literary, Art & Music Tours > Art Tours
$65.88
Duration: 2 hours
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Description

Discover a visitor-friendly yet off-the-beaten-track neighborhood in Paris on this 2-hour street art walking tour. With a guide, explore the open-air gallery of the Belleville district while listening to stories about this genre of art. Or is it vandalism? You can decide for yourself as you experience a different side of the city—the Paris of today.

Designed for visitors in need of a short break from the heavier, more historical art of the Louvre or the crowds at monuments like the Eiffel Tower, your street art walking tour takes place in the district of Belleville, and it's especially great for those traveling with kids or teenagers. Meet your guide at a designated location, and set off on an exploration of the visual delights of this northeastern Paris neighborhood.

You'll be introduced to colorful street art that gives off a contemporary creative pulse. This is not the Paris of centuries ago; Belleville, with its charming small streets, is where French singer Edith Piaf grew up and where, in the 1980s, many Parisian artists and musicians lived because of the lower rents. Former industrial buildings were converted into artists' studios, and Belleville became the center of Paris' urban art movement.

Crazy about urban art, your guide shares with you works by both French and international street artists, from a giant wall fresco by Jérome Ménager to the mosaic tile creations of the artist known as Space Invader. Some of the paintings are quite beautiful, some are witty, and others political. Walk at a relaxed pace, and enjoy the changing landscape of the area—art that was here last week may have disappeared and been replaced by new forms of expression. It's not unusual to find artists working on a new mural during your tour.

Each walking tour is different from the last according to what is on display on any given day, and you are free to express how you feel about what you see. Ponder whether you consider it art in a beautiful space or a form of destruction.

Discover a visitor-friendly yet off-the-beaten-track neighborhood in Paris on this 2-hour street art walking tour. With a guide, explore the open-air gallery of the Belleville district while listening to stories about this genre of art. Or is it vandalism? You can decide for yourself as you experience a different side of the city—the Paris of today.