Avoid the crammed, touristy museums along the river and get your fill of art at galleries like these – all away from the crowds. Covering contemporary art and both modern and historical photography, the following are three of the best independent galleries in the increasingly trendy Bastille area.
The best art galleries in Bastille
This tiny photography boutique is open by appointment only, but don’t let that put you off. Owner Emmanuelle Fructus has one of France’s most exciting collections of rare photography books and anonymous photos from the 19th-century to today – a veritable art gallery unto itself and must for photography lovers, or anyone looking for something fun to put on the wall or coffee table.
Magda Danysz has moved into a three-storey space near the Cirque d'Hiver on the fringes of the Marais, aiming to make contemporary art accessible. She has a taste for artists influenced by graffiti and animation, as well as the hybrid art-design-science output of the Ultralab cooperative.