The Paris Guide: Rue Crémieux

July 11, 2019

Filed in: Field Guide

Lately I’ve been obsessed with colour. It’s been interesting, because I’ve always done colour as a part of my wardrobe, but when it comes to photographs, I’ve been leaning towards more muted colours. Chalk it up to influence from the photographers who inspire me, or a natural preference when I’m editing, but my style’s been more muted…until recently.

I’ve stumbled on some extraordinary work by photographers who use bright, bold colours. I’m not sure if I’m ready to make a drastic switch, but it’s got me seeking colour more, and looking for ways to incorporate it in my own work.

Rue Crémieux is something of an Instagram legend, you could say. Brightly-coloured buildings line this tiny backstreet in the 12th arrondissement, which is actually quite easy to pass by if you’re not looking for it. It is, however, easy to get to, a few minutes’ walk from Gare de Lyon.

The colours here skew towards vibrant blues, pinks, oranges, and yellows, and something I wasn’t expecting was the abundance of plants! Tiny little potted gardens with bouncy blooms, making spring a lovely time to visit.

And while you’re in the area, I encourage you to get to know the 12th a little better! Walk to the next metro stop, Lédru-Rollin, and you’ll be at the doorstep of Blé Sucré, one of my favourite bakeries. They specialise in a “madeleine du partage,” which means a gargantuan cake for 15€ that can feed quite a few.

Walk across the square and you’ll be at one of my favourite markets, Marché Place Aligre…where, on certain occasions, you can buy one kilo of WHITE asparagus for 1€. Yep. There are cafés, a boulangerie, and indoor market, FRESH FLOWERS, and the quintessential French bric-a-brac. It’s fun to poke around the produce stands, buy too much because you can’t remember the conversion rate of kilo to pound (it’s 1 to 2.2, by the way), and picnic somewhere after.

Happy snapping, eating, and exploring!

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