The Narrowest Street in Paris
The last time my husband and I were in Paris, we visited what our “tour book” described as the “narrowest street” in the city. Of course we were curious and we had to see it. The Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche in the 5th arrondissement is just under 5 feet 11 inches wide, but it packs a lot of culture. Look at the street art….
Paris, in fact, has many things that are small but worth a visit. Here is…
A Guide to My Petit Paris:
The Shortest Street in Paris
(I’ve already mentioned the Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche as the narrowest street.) The shortest street in Paris is the Rue des Degrés in the 2nd arrondissement at 5.75 meters long.
Smallest Coffee Shop in Paris
With only three tiny round tables, Boot Café in the Marais area of Paris may be the city’s smallest place to sip on a Café au Latte. Considering the cramped conditions, it might be better to take that Latte to go. No wonder this statement is scribbled on one of the café’s window, “This Coffee is Made for Walking.” 19 rue du pont aux choux, Paris 75003. My Parisian Life has an excellent post on this place and beautiful photos as well!
The Smallest Pastry Shop in Paris
Cupcake & Macaron looks like a narrow hallway at half its length with a small glass case at the end displaying just a few dozen cupcakes and/or macarons. 1 rue du Four, 6th. No place to sit here.
The Smallest Place to Get a Bite to Eat in Paris
L’Avant Comptoir serves hors d’oeuvres to patrons who are willing to stand. The compact space has a pewter counter and open kitchen. L’Avant Comptoir, 9 carrefour de l’Odéon, Sixth Arrondissement, Paris; 011-33-8-2610-1087.
The Smallest Bar in Paris
Le P’tit Bar has ninety-something-year-old Madame Polo as its proprietor and bartender. The very quaint interior seems just as old as Madame, therefore, Le P’tit Bar may be one of the oldest bars in Paris as well. 7 rue Richard Lenoir 75011 Paris. Open Monday to Saturday from 11:30 am – 2 am, Sundays from 8 pm- 2 am. Check out this article on Le P’tit Bar by MessyNessy Chic.
The Smallest Boutique in Paris
Miss Bibi is a tiny shop that sells tiny trinkets such as baguette brooches and gingerbread-men earrings. Jardins du Palais Royal. 23 Rue de Valois. Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre. Monday – Saturday 11 am – 2 pm and 3 pm -7 pm
The Smallest Boutique Hotel in Paris
In an article by Condé Nast on affordable Paris Hotels, the Hotel Thoumieux in the 7th arrondissement had the least number of rooms at only fifteen. 79 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris, France (00 33 1 47 05 49 75)
The Smallest Museum in Paris
The Musée Édith Piaf. This private museum, dedicated to French cabaret singer Édith Piaf, takes up only two rooms in a private apartment. Free admission. By appointment only. 5, rue Crespin du Gast, Paris, France. 11th arrondissement.
Honorable Mention: The Smallest Restaurant in Paris
Rachel Khoo once dished up savory French cuisine to only two people at a time in her private tiny kitchen. The Little Paris Kitchen is now closed. Rachel Khoo now has her own cooking show on the BBC.
Do you know of any smaller places? Paris has many hidden treasures that are easy to miss so be sure to let me know and let me know if you have anything to add to the list! Please share this post, merci!
XO – Audrey