Street art in the east of Paris

From Oberkampf to Belleville, Bagnolet and Montreuil, explore the best of street art in the east of Greater Paris.

Oberkampf

Bordalo II - Le M.U.R Oberkampf Paris 11 © Bordalo II/Anna Bochu/Le M.U.R.

If you’re in Oberkampf, don’t miss M.U.R. (Modulable, Urbain, Réactif) at the corner of rue Saint-Maur and rue Oberkampf. This 24 sq.m. open-air exhibition space plays host to a new urban work of art every fortnight, including pieces by big names such as Speedy Graphito, Jef Aérosol, Noe Two and Kashink.

On rue de la Fontaine-au-Roi, admire works by some twenty artists, ranging from an XXL portrait by young Portuguese prodigy Vhils, to the mosaics of Invader through to the amazing bicycles of Ride In Peace. Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Head to 11 rue des Trois-Couronnes to discover the 3 Couronnes wall.

Ménilmontant

Hopare - Ménilmontant Paris 20 © Hopare/Anna Bochu

At 68 rue de Ménilmontant, admire a monumental fresco depicting a circle of white figures created by Jérôme Mesnager, a leading light on the urban art scene. A little further up the street, at no. 38, don't miss Nemo's favourite character - a tightrope cyclist. If you like animals, you'll love the big giraffe by Mosko et Associés on rue du Retrait.

At 1 rue des Maronites, the impressive fresco painted by, among others, Seyb, Alex, Brok and Hopare surveys the neighbourhood. In the surrounding area, several other walls serve as a canvas for pop-up works, such as the wall of the Pavillon Carré de Baudoin (121 rue de Ménilmontant) or the wall of square Henri-Karcher (165 rue des Pyrénées), both expressive media for an artistic programme managed by the Art Azoï organisation.

Belleville

Seth - Belvédère du parc de Belleville - Art Azoï © Seth/Art Azoï/Emmanuel FMR

Close to the Belleville metro station, hop along to rue Dénoyez, a narrow cobbled lane famous for being entirely covered with drawings and graffiti. The nearby place Fréhel is also worth a visit for its set of four works called “Paris Trois Temps”. The tour continues in the parc de Belleville where, in addition to enjoying a magnificent panorama of the capital, you can discover the huge colourful characters created by Parisian artist Seth.

Bagnolet

Bagnolet attracts artists from all over the world, including Peru, Chile, Argentina and Spain. It all started in 2002 with the launch of Kosmopolite, the first international graffiti festival in France. Today, there’s street art everywhere! Highlights include giant trainers by Grems, a very Pop Art creation by the artist FenX, an entire façade decorated by the THTF tandem, creations by Spanish artist Monkey and many others.

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Montreuil

Many artists have made Montreuil their home, including Artof Popof and Espion. Their works can be seen across town. As you stroll through the streets, you’ll come across creations by Jérôme Mesnager, Retro Graffitism, Pittorex, Hopare, Mister Pee and many others. In Montreuil, the former Pathé-Albatros film studios are a must: the building's perimetre wall, at 55 rue du Sergent-Bobillot, is now one of the capital’s street art epicentres. It is covered in a gigantic fresco featuring works by several artists such as M. Chat, Kashink, Alex and others.

Vincennes

In Vincennes, it’s not just the walls that play host to street art - 22 postboxes bearing the effigies of great Americans, past and present, such as Barack Obama, Woody Allen and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, have been customised by C215.

Fontenay-sous-Bois

Fontenay-sous-Bois has set its sights high with a 259-metre-long fresco celebrating the bicentennial of the French Revolution. Numerous paintings adorn the town’s walls, some by famous French artists such as Mosko and J. Mesnager. Several street art happenings and exhibitions are organised here every year by artists' collectives.