Right Bank

Discover the historic north side of the Seine, were the neighborhoods are plentiful and the monuments are world-class.

About Right Bank

Paris’ Right Bank, or _Rive Droite_, is by far its bigger side, made up of the 14 districts located north of the Seine river. It’s here that you’ll discover the majority of the city’s world famous tourist attractions, as well as some of its more unique and vibrant neighborhoods.

Follow along the river east to west and you’ll pass through the 4th, 1st, and 8th arrondissements, also known as the Holy Grail of Paris sightseeing. Get ready to feast your eyes on landmarks like Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe as you bike your way down world renowned streets from the Rue de Rivoli to the Champs-Élysées. Feeling a little bolder? Then merge with the city’s infamous traffic, pedaling past historic roundabouts like Place de la Bastille and Place de la Concorde. Just don’t forget that, once the must-sees are checked off the bucket list, there’s a lot more to explore away from the city center.

Whether you’re more interested in checking out the leafy green oasis of the Canal Saint Martin in the 10th or the seedy neon excitement of Pigalle in the 18th, La Rive Droite has areas that cater to every taste. Feeling sociable? The pedestrian Rue Montorgueil is an amazing option for refueling in a classic Parisian setting, while Rue de Lappe is your perfect pit-stop for a little sociable late night “rehydration” Bastille-style. Don’t miss spectacular urban green spaces like the regal Parc Monceau and the hill-strewn Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, and save some energy for the bike ride up Montmartre for arguably the best view in the city. With over 500 km of bike lanes available, the Right Bank is your oyster. All that’s left to do is get out there on two wheels and explore it.

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City Bike Trails

The Best of Paris Bike Trail

Your one-stop-shop for hitting up a majority of Paris’ most recognized and celebrated monuments, museums, parks, and plazas. Highly recommend experiencing at night.

Paris, Monuments, Museums, Parks, Bars, Restaurants

If you’re looking to cram as many famous Parisian landmarks into one bike ride as possible, this is the tour for you. Bear in mind that there is absolutely no way you’ll be able to bike this route and stop to visit all of these sights in the same day, so we’d recommend picking one or two you’d like to explore more thoroughly before heading out. Stay flexible, however, as queues for just about all of these attractions can be enormous.

The other option? Choose a start time of around midnight and bike the entire tour under the cover of darkness. You won’t be able to go inside any of the attractions, but the thrill of pedaling along the empty streets of Paris and having monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre to yourself is pretty unbeatable.

For a better understanding of why we love night biking in Paris so much, check out our article here.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail length: 11 km (6.8 miles)
  • Duration: 60 - 90 minutes (not including sightseeing)
  • Highlights:
  • Place de la Nation
  • Place de la Bastille
  • Hôtel de Ville
  • Notre Dame de Paris
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Tour Saint-Jacques
  • Centre Georges Pompidou
  • Musée du Louvre
  • Jardin des Tuileries
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Le Grand Palais
  • Tour Eiffel
  • Cool Things You’ll See Along the Way:
  • Getting a little greedy now, aren’t we?
  • Start Place de la Nation, 11th Arrondissement
  • End La Tour Eiffel, 7th Arrondissement
  • Speed Moderate - Cruise
  • Traffic Plenty
  • Bike Lanes Many
  • Separated Bike Lanes 4-5 km

Night Out in Paris Right Bank Bike Tour

Take the guesswork out of your night out on _La Rive Droite_, eating and drinking like a local as you bike your way to some of Paris’ most entertaining strips.

Paris, Bars, Restaurants, Cafes, Monuments

We’ve planned this route to be intentionally uncomplicated, getting you exactly where you need to be to experience some of the best that Paris’ nightlife has to offer. There’s not a lot of sightseeing involved, but hey, that’s what the daytime is for.

Not to tell you how to plan your night, but if we were making this ride for the first time, our ideal schedule on a Friday or Saturday night might look something like this:

  • 7 pm happy hour drink on Rue Saint-Denis
  • Arrive at Rue Montorgueil by 8:30 to get situated for dinner
  • 11 pm arrival at Rue Oberkampf to set the mood right
  • 12:30 arrival at Rue de Lappe to end off the night in style

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail length: 7.8 km (4.8 miles)
  • Duration: 45 - 60 minutes (not including eating/drinking)
  • Highlights:
  • Hôtel de Ville
  • Rue Saint-Denis
  • Rue Montorgueil
  • Rue Oberkampf
  • Rue de Lappe
  • Place de la Bastille
  • Cool Things You’ll See Along the Way:
  • Tour Saint-Jacques
  • Place de la République
  • Cimétière Père Lachaise
  • Start Hôtel de Ville, 4th Arrondissement
  • End Place de la Bastille, 11th Arrondissement
  • Speed Moderate
  • Traffic Reasonable-Plenty
  • Bike Lanes Many
  • Separated Bike Lanes 1-2 km

Hidden Gems of the Right Bank Bike Tour

Take a break from the crowds and bike to some of the Right Bank’s most scenic local hangouts, complete with stunning green spaces and some of Paris’ best hilltop views.

Paris, Unique, Parks, Neighborhoods, Cafes, Restaurants

This is a fun, uncomplicated, and rewarding ride. Because it’s short, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and appreciate all the great stops along the way, which is good since you’ll be treated to some of the best hilltop views in the city. Just be prepared for a couple mildly strenuous inclines.

We’d highly recommend packing a lunch, a blanket, a camera, and a good book. There are also a couple of perfectly positioned cafes with outdoor seating once you arrive at the Parc de Belleville lookout, in case you feel like lingering for another hour.

  • Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
  • Trail length: 6.2 km (3.9 miles)
  • Duration: 30 - 45 minutes (not including stops)
  • Highlights:
  • Place des Vosges
  • Canal Saint Martin
  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont
  • Parc de Belleville
  • Cool Things You’ll See Along the Way:
  • Église Saint-Paul Saint-Louis
  • Place de la Bastille
  • Hilltop View of Sacré-Cœur
  • Hilltop View of almost all Central and Southern Paris
  • Start Place des Vosges, 4th Arrondissement
  • End Parc de Belleville, 20th Arrondissement
  • Speed Moderate - Cruise
  • Traffic Reasonable
  • Bike Lanes Many
  • Separated Bike Lanes 2 - 3 km

Paris Street Food Bike Tour

Take a scenic, foodie-focused spin around Paris’ right bank, stopping to reward your efforts at a well rounded selection of some of the city’s hippest street food joints.

Paris, Bars, Restaurants, Unique, Monuments

This bike tour is an excellent way to introduce yourself to the wallet-friendly Parisian street food scene while also checking out some of the city’s lesser-known parks, monuments, and neighborhoods. Both our starting and ending points (the architecturally modern Parc MLK and especially the summertime hotspot Canal Saint Martin) are well worth a stroll should you opt to make this into a full-day excursion.

We’d highly recommend pairing up and tackling this ride with one or more partners, a tactic that will allow you to sample at least one plate from each of our suggested options. Bear in mind that these selections are just four in a growing number of reputable take-away food stands blossoming throughout the French capital. It’s by no means exhaustive, however it does a good job highlighting ethnic variety and delivering a great ride through Paris.

As always, stay safe and use caution as you’ll be biking with street traffic for most of this ride. Also, don’t be afraid to hop off your bike to appreciate some of the monuments you’ll see along the way.

To find out more about these and other great street food venues in Paris, check out our article here.

  • Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
  • Trail length: 9.6 km (6 miles)
  • Duration: 60 - 90 minutes (not including eating)
  • Highlights:
  • Restaurant Bodrum
  • Le Camion Qui Fume
  • L’As Du Fallafel
  • The Sunken Chip
  • Cool Things You’ll See Along the Way:
  • Parc Martin Luther King
  • Basilique du Sacré Cœur
  • Eglise de la Trinité
  • Notre-Dame-de-Lorette
  • Palais Brongniart
  • Cathédrale Saint-Eustache
  • Les Halles
  • Le Centre Georges Pompidou
  • Musée des Archives Nationales
  • Le Marais
  • Place des Vosges
  • Place de la Bastille
  • Place de la République
  • Canal Saint Martin
  • Start Parc Marin Luther King, 17th Arrondissement
  • End Canal Saint Martin, 10th Arrondissement
  • Speed Moderate
  • Traffic Plenty
  • Bike Lanes Many
  • Separated Bike Lanes < 1 km

Cemeteries of Paris Bike Tour

Explore the surprisingly colorful world of Paris’ diverse final resting places, paying your respects to some of the most renowned public figures of the past 500 years.

Paris, Unique, Monuments, Museums

If you’re looking for an extensive bike route that traverses a wide swath of Parisian scenery, this is it. Most of the roadways along the length of the tour are wide and easy to navigate, with a generous helping of dedicated bike lanes to keep things moving at an exciting pace.

Though you may not feel ambitious enough to spend hours exploring the three cemeteries included on our list, we’d highly recommend at least stopping briefly at each of them to appreciate their respective beauty and tranquility. After all, they’re completely free. Of course, if you only have enough time for one, make it the Père Lachaise. Both the Catacombs and especially the Panthéon are awe-inducing enough in their own right to merit a stop, but keep in mind that you’ll be required to pay an entrance fee at each (unless it’s the first Sunday of the month).

For more information on each of the stops highlighted on this tour, check out our article here.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trail length: 13 km (8.1 miles)
  • Duration: 90 - 120 minutes (not including queues, visits)
  • Highlights:
  • Cimetière Montmartre
  • Cimetière Père Lachaise
  • Le Panthéon
  • Cimetière Montparnasse
  • Les Catacombes de Paris
  • Cool Things You’ll See Along the Way:
  • Pigalle/Moulin Rouge
  • Bassin de la Villette
  • Canal Saint Martin
  • Place de la Bastille/Opéra Bastille
  • Notre Dame de Paris
  • Tour Eiffel
  • Jardin du Luxembourg
  • Tour Montparnasse
  • Start Cimetière Montmartre, 18th Arrondissement
  • End Les Catacombes de Paris, 14th Arrondissement
  • Speed Moderate - Cruise
  • Traffic Reasonable
  • Bike Lanes Many
  • Separated Bike Lanes > 5 km

Secret Passages of Paris Bike Tour

Explore uniquely re-purposed 18th-century urban alleyways as you tour some of Paris’ coolest and most hidden galleries, shops, restaurants and secret passages.

Paris, Shopping, Bars, Restaurants, Unique, Monuments, Museums

This is a great ride if you want to explore some truly unique aspects of Central Paris that are missed by the vast majority of tourists. You’ll find yourself stopping frequently to appreciate the sights along the way, particularly L’église de la Madeleine at the beginning and, of course, Le Centre Georges Pompidou at the end, which is considered by many to be among the most important modern art museums in Europe. In other words, this is a bike tour designed to help you get to know Paris, not cruise. Plan on doing some walking.

All of the passages and galleries are worth visiting, but for different reasons. You’ll likely find Passage du Caire in sore need of repair, while Galerie Colbert and Galerie Vivienne have spared no expense on their upkeep. Definitely consider grabbing a bite to eat inside the very hip Passage des Panoramas to help refuel mid-journey, then finishing off your ride with a cold beer at the cozy, trendy L’Art Brut Bistrot just down Rue Quincampoix from Passage Molière.

To find out more about the Passages themselves, check out our article here.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail length: 5.2 km (3.2 miles)
  • Duration: 45 - 60 minutes (not including shopping/dining)
  • Highlights:
  • Passage de Choiseul
  • Galerie Colbert
  • Galerie Vivienne
  • Passage des Panoramas
  • Passage du Caire
  • Passage du Grand Cerf
  • Passage Molière
  • Cool Things You’ll See Along the Way:
  • Église Saint-Augustin
  • L’église de la Madeleine
  • Palais Garnier Opéra National de Paris
  • Palais Brongniart
  • Le Centre Georges Pompidou
  • Start Église Saint-Augustin, 8th Arrondissement
  • End Le Centre Georges Pompidou, 4th Arrondissement
  • Speed Slow - Moderate
  • Traffic Plenty
  • Bike Lanes Some
  • Separated Bike Lanes None

Coolest Cafes of Paris Bike Tour

Get to know the hip and flavorful side of the Parisian coffee world, sipping and pedaling your way through some of the right bank’s coolest outer neighborhoods from the 8th to the 20th.

Paris, Cafes, Bars, Restaurants, Monuments

Paris’ growing interest in high quality coffee means that there’s much more to explore throughout the city than can be accommodated in one bike tour. Still, we’ve chosen a selection of some of our favorites that will give you a great introduction to the scene in all its variety, along with a fantastic, bike lane-heavy ride through some unique parts of town.

Give yourself time to explore and appreciate some of the more scenic areas of the tour, including Parc Monceau and especially Canal Saint Martin (as noted above, if it’s sunny, you may want to just lock up your bike for a good half hour and walk the canal on foot). This tour ends at Place de la Nation, which is the start of our Best of Paris ride. If you’ve got some energy left, feel free to blend the two into an all-day coffee and monument extravaganza.

As always, for more info on all of the cafes highlighted in this route, check out our article here.

  • Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
  • Trail length: 12.5 km (7.8 miles)
  • Duration: 75 - 90 minutes (not including cafe stops)
  • Highlights:
  • Parc Monceau
  • Le Bal Café
  • Café Lomi
  • Café Craft
  • Le Comptoir Général
  • Les Pères Populaires
  • Place de la Nation
  • Cool Things You’ll See Along the Way:
  • Sacré-Cœur
  • Place de Clichy
  • Cimetière Montmartre
  • Église Saint-Laurent
  • Canal Saint Martin
  • Cimetière Père Lachaise
  • Start Parc Monceau, 8th Arrondissement
  • End Place de la Nation, 11th Arrondissement
  • Speed Moderate - Cruise
  • Traffic Reasonable
  • Bike Lanes Many
  • Separated Bike Lanes > 5 km

La Coulee Verte Rene Dumont Bike Trail

Take a short ride along the bikeable half of Paris’ other Green Belt, packing a ton of interesting urban scenery into less than 3 km before exploring the elevated pedestrian section on foot.

Paris, Unique, Nature

Because this route is so short, you may want to consider tacking it on to the end of another ride exploring the large and beautiful Bois de Vincennes (where this tour begins). The bikeable part of the Coulée Verte René-Dumont is certainly enjoyable in its own right, but be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to walk the elevated, pedestrian-only walkway as well.

Other than that, simply watch out for foot traffic in the bike lane (which is a common occurrence) and enjoy one of the cooler bike trails in the City of Light.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail length: 2.8 km (1.7 miles)
  • Duration: 10 - 15 minutes
  • Highlights:
  • La Coulée Verte
  • Cool Things You’ll See Along the Way:
  • Lac Daumesnil (Bois de Vincennes)
  • Parc Reuilly
  • Start Lac Daumesnil, 12th Arrondissement
  • End Parc Reuilly, 12th Arrondissement
  • Speed Moderate
  • Traffic Very Little
  • Bike Lanes All
  • Separated Bike Lanes All