Pedestrianized areas of Paris

Streets, neighbourhoods and entire arrondissements for pedestrians only: discover Paris without cars!

You can discover Paris’s history and culture in a quiet and traffic-free environment thanks to the city’s many pedestrianized areas! The capital has more and more of these areas prohibited to motorized vehicles, either all year round or at the weekend.

Streets and areas pedestrianized all year round

Rue Daguerre avec passants © Studio TTG

One hundred or so streets, including the Rue Cler, Rue de Lévis, Rue de Lutèce, and Rue des Barres, are pedestrianized in Paris! Each arrondissement has some and it is a pleasure to stroll through them.

Every day of the year, the central Les Halles district is reserved just for pedestrians: go for a stroll in the area after a visit to the Centre Pompidou, pick up souvenirs with the family under the Canopée des Halles and have a drink on a cafe terrace in Rue Montorgueil without being bothered by traffic … What a luxury!

Around Notre-Dame and the Luxembourg Gardens, several pedestrianized streets are full of history: Rue de la Huchette with its restaurants and jazz clubs, and notably Rue Mouffetard with its many local food stores, ideal for discovering French gastronomy.

Beside Bercy Park, the Cour Saint-Emilion is a pedestrianized elongated courtyard lined with former wine warehouses converted into boutiques, cafes and restaurants. A perfect place to shop away from busy roads. Another pedestrianized typically-Parisian street for a stroll is the Rue Daguerre. Close to Denfert-Rochereau, this bustling village-like street has local bakers, cheesemongers, and typical cafes with a relaxed atmosphere.

Finally, Paris’s many splendid covered passages are of architectural interest and reserved for pedestrians. Real gems to discover, anytime.

 More info on the covered passages of Paris

The quaysides at the Parc Rives de Seine

Parc Rives de Seine, Paris © Jean-Baptise Gurliat / Mairie de Paris

The extensive Parc Rives de Seine is a delight for those who like to stroll by the waterside. Ten hectares of quaysides have been developed for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles (bikes, rollerblades, scooters, etc.). Cafe terraces spring up here in summer, barge restaurant-bars, pétanque courts and numerous games for children. A breath of fresh air in the city and a pleasant place to relax with the family!

The Paris Respire areas: reserved for pedestrians every weekend

Café Place du Tertre

In order to increase the number of places for pedestrians, the City of Paris has created the ‘Paris Respire’ areas: closed to cars on Sundays and public holidays, they enable everyone to enjoy traffic-free and noise-free streets.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the districts of Montmartre, the Marais and the Canal Saint-Martin, when they are the sole preserve of walkers on these days!

 More info on ‘Paris Respire’ areas

Car free days

Champs-Elysées piétons

One Sunday each month, the entire length of the famous Avenue des Champs-Elysées is given over to pedestrians. Some people mark the occasion by picnicking on the cobblestones and letting children play on the ‘most beautiful avenue in the world’! An unusual experience to enjoy right opposite the Arc de Triomphe.

Every first Sunday of the month, pedestrians can also take advantage of the almost-total pedestrianization of the capital’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements.

Finally, the crowning event of the year for fans of urban walks or a stroll with the family is the city’s Car Free Day. On this occasion, Paris becomes a pedestrian village, where motorized vehicles are banned throughout the city.

The next edition will take place on 22 September 2019. Save the date and get your trainers ready!

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Shopping centres
Cour Saint-Émilion, Paris, 75012

A paved courtyard bordered with white stone storehouses and quiet terraces. An architecture that combines stone with steel, wood......

Quartier du Sentier

Street, area of interest
Rue du Mail - Rue d'Aboukir - Rue de Cléry, Paris, 75002

The district known as the Quartier du Sentier nestles in a spot near the Grands Boulevards, between rue du Sentier, boulevard......

Quartier Mouffetard

Street, area of interest
Rue Mouffetard, Paris, 75005

Busy rue Mouffetard, one of the French capital's oldest streets, gently guides you down a slope of Montagne Sainte Geneviève, one......

Butte Montmartre

Street, area of interest
Parvis du Sacré-Coeur, Paris, 75018

Montmartre is a district full of authentic charm, famous for the Sacré-Coeur basilica and a magnificent view of Paris. For the......

Quartier Montorgueil

Street, area of interest
Rue Montorgueil, Paris, 75002

With its small pedestrian cobblestone streets, the Montorgueil district has lots of charm. The main artery, Rue Montorgueil, is......

Quartier des Halles

Street, area of interest
Les Halles, Paris, 75001

The district is named after the old market district of Paris, nicknamed the ‘belly of Paris’, which was subsequently transferred......

Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Street, area of interest
De l'Arc de Triomphe à la place de la Concorde, Paris, 75008

Frequently described as ‘the world’s most beautiful avenue’, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a Paris must-see. Tourists and......

Quartier du Marais

Street, area of interest
Le Marais, Paris, 75004

The Marais district gets its name from its location: once a marshland (‘marais’), it has been inhabited ever since it was drained......

Parc Rives de Seine

Street, area of interest
Rive gauche : du pont d'Iéna au pont des Arts. Rive droite : du pont Neuf au port de l'Arsenal., Paris, 75

The Parc Rives de Seine, with a total length of 7 kilomtres, extends along both sides of the Seine and provides a place to walk......