Rue des Thermopyles, A Traveler's Tiny Jackpot in the Heart of Paris
Nestled in the heart of the 14th arrondissement of Paris lies a quiet little gem of a street, Rue des Thermopyles. Now, let me be frank with you. We stayed around the corner from this street and passed it a dozen times before I even bothered to turn my head and notice it. After taking in this tiny dream of a rue, I realized that its residents probably enjoy the fact that it’s tucked away and hardly noticeable, which made me feel a bit guilty that I discovered their sweet secret. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for directions to Rue des Thermopyles.
Stepping onto the cobblestone street instantly transports you to a Paris of yore. After turning off Rue Raymond Losserand and its bustling energy of marchés, restaurants, and salons, Rue des Thermopyles offers a sanctuary from the modern life of Parisians. I was fortunate to have visited during the summer, so the wisteria and blooming flowers displayed a tapestry of colors and textures. Bicycles leaning upon the stone walls and les chats creeping through secret gardens added to the allure and to my feeling that I had hit the traveler’s jackpot. Surely, every Parisian escapes to this tiny bucolic rue at some point. I have a hunch that they don’t, but they most definitely should. And you most definitely should take a moment from seeing tourist monuments to soak in this mini-dream of a street.
Since the street is not very long and won’t take much of your time, I recommend that you return to Rue Raymond Losserand for a bite to eat and then to explore this less touristy part of Paris. (It's my favorite arrondissement, by the way!) I recommend Cité Imperiale Restaurant Chinois or Pizza Nellie. If you have a hankering for something sweet, check out de Neuville Chocolat français, a chocolate lover’s paradise! All are five minutes or less from Rue des Thermopyles.
Rue des Thermopyles is easily reached by the Paris Métro system.
Take Line 13 in the direction of Châtillon-Montrouge and get off at the Pernety stop.
After exiting onto the street, take a right onto Rue Raymond Losserand and walk approximately 560 feet.
You will find Rue des Thermopyles on your left. It looks like an alley, but it’s really quite magical!