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Unusual Strasbourg: rue du Jeu-des-Enfants

For many years, rue du Jeu-des-Enfants was like a forgotten side street in the center of Strasbourg, despite its movie theater, shops, and restaurants. Most of the time, people would just pass through while driving from place Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux to place de l’Homme de fer. Thanks to a local initiative, it has been transformed into a vibrant, artsy, and unique street.

In June 2017, rue du Jeu-des-Enfants was given a new look. With the help of a non-profit organization called Akpé (an “alternative architecture lab”), residents and shopkeepers teamed up to re-appropriate this public space. The street was turned into a pedestrian area, and spruced up with plants and splashes of color, like murals, fun street furnishings, suspended art, and multi-colored cobblestones painted on the pavement...

What’s more, the locals have made sure to maintain the newfound dynamic energy of their street. In October 2021, they re-painted the yellow, blue, and orange cobblestone pattern on the ground to make the colors on the pavement nice and bright again, and they planted even more greenery.

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Our 15 street art favorites in Strasbourg

Before embarking on a “street art safari” in Strasbourg, we generally begin by agreeing on a search perimeter of a certain number of blocks. Then we comb the streets, looking for a collage, a graffiti piece, a mural, or a painted power box – as if we were looking to spot wild animals on a photo safari in Africa. Whenever we find street art we haven’t seen before, we like to take the time to really examine the piece and figure out what it’s all about, before taking a snapshot of it – as a keepsake.

We love the wildly creative aspect of street art, as well as the accessibility of it, thanks to its presence in public spaces. This form of artistic expression is so much more than just a splash of color or a backdrop for the urban cityscape.

Here are 15 of our favorite street art pieces in Strasbourg