paris typography

Typography Inspiration: Parisian Street Signs

Paris Typography

Paris is historically known as a center of beauty and art, inside and out.

When I was in Paris, I was drawn to the beautiful signs on the city’s street level, which were just as intriguing as the celebrated paintings in the Louvre. The typography on these storefronts and signs covers a wide range of styles and media — art nouveau, art deco, mosaics, neon scripts, handpainted, graffiti, etc. — but no matter what it just feels like Paris. Here are 20 examples of the unique type on Parisian street signs to inspire a hint of something special in your work.

le comptoir de mathilde

le select

toile d'auvergne

ferronnerie chabane

beurre & oeufs

caveau de la huchette

question mark society


a st pierre de montmartre

le pre aux cleres

bataclan cafe

rue st jacques


beurre laiterie oeufs

la mercerie

je t'aime


crepe en l'isle


chez aline



laverie 7 7
(Sadly, not even Paris is immune to Comic Sans.)

If you’re interested in more unique Paris typography, check out Louise Fili’s book Graphique de la Rue: The Signs of Paris.