Did you know that you can actually find great live music and artists performing for free in the streets of Paris?
Here’s my list of the best places to track them down!
1) The Paris metro: it may seem an unusual destination but the buskers playing in the corridors of the Paris metro have to pass an official audition with the metro authorities and prove their skills before being allowed to play. However, those playing in the metro carriages are ‘unofficial’ and have to run fast when approached by the transport authorities in order to escape a large fine. Look out for the puppeteers who make a clever temporary puppet theatre using just the metro poles and some well placed curtains. The biggest metro stations tend to attract the most musicians so head for stations Bastille, Concorde and Chatelet to be sure of catching some cool tunes.
2) Outside Centre Pompidou: You’ll normally find a mixed collection of artists and musicians performing at the weekends in the shadows of this renowned contemporary art gallery.
3) On Pont Saint-Louis, (the bridge over to L’île St Louis), and the bridges around Notre Dame: There are some really talented buskers playing here, even in Winter the cold weather doesn’t seem to put them off. One group of American jazz and blues musicians have been playing here for over 20 years.
Read more about Paris buskers in this blog where a friend and I interview street musicians in Paris.