Some things you just have to see for yourself. Even if loads of people have been there before you (and spammed every possible social channel with pictures). The Eiffel Tower for example, or the Brooklyn Bridge. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen them in a movie or on Instagram, nothing beats that moment when you’re actually there, able to see them with your own eyes.
La Rue Crémieux
For me, it was a bit like that with la Rue Crémieux. I’d seen tons of photos of this little street in the 12th arrondissement and yet I still wanted to go and check it out. Partially because I couldn’t believe I’d never been there while I lived in Paris and partially – I’ll admit it – because I couldn’t wait to start snapping away myself.
La Rue Crémieux is a relatively narrow side street between la Rue de Bercy and la Rue de Lyon. It didn’t take me long to understand why I missed it before, because it’s very easy to walk past it without even noticing (thank you Google maps!).
Just like the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge, la Rue Crémieux did not disappoint. If you like pastels, French shutters, random objects and lots of flowery plants in pots, this is your go-to street. Let me share a few of the many photos I took to give you an idea.
I could have easily spent the entire morning admiring the overload of colours, murals and quirky details in la Rue Crémieux. The male, my exploring partner for the day, had enough of all the unmanly cuteness after about an hour however (understandably). In fairness, it started to get busy anyway by the time we left, so it was a good moment to leave.
When to Go?
We went early(ish) on a Saturday morning, I believe it was around 9h30 or 10h00. As you can see on the pictures, there was hardly anyone there, except for the bridal brigade. If like me, you don’t particularly enjoy having to wait in line to take that one perfect shot, I suggest you go early too. Or maybe at a random time during the week. Because if you’re lucky – and unlike at the Eiffel Tower or Brooklyn Bridge – you can still get a magical moment all by yourself in la Rue Crémieux.
Do you know a street like this? Where is it? I’d be keen to know!
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La Rue Crémieux, 75012, Paris. Metro line 5, stop: Quai de la Rapée.