Composing more than 550 songs which, in a very modern sense, blended wordplay with subversive overtones, Serge Gainsbourg is regarded as the most important figure in French pop music. During his life, he resided in the 6th Arrondissement – specifically, on Rue de Verneuil. A short walk south of the Seine, the street is surprisingly quiet, but it makes for an excellent pit stop because the exterior of Gainsbourg’s apartment is overloaded with art, photographs and personal messages from fans. Add yours to the wall, and make sure to keep this place on your radar, because it is opening as a museum for the music maestro later this year.
Address: 5 bis Rue de Verneuil
Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés (4)
Words: Faye Fearon
Image: via @maisongainsbourg