Trompe l'oeil in Paris

The art of illusion, appearance, likelihood....These things that you think you see at first sight are not really what they seem to be. 

Do you want to be surprised? 

Let's go for our selection of the different trompe l'oeil that we identified in Paris

Mislead in your plate

Privé de desserts

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Eat dessert when you think you ordered a meal and a meal when you thinks you ordered dessert. That's what they're trying to make us believe! The resemblance is striking, sometimes confusing. Spaghetti in Carbonara style which is actually a lemon meringue pie; a millefeuille made with smoked salmon and avocado cream.

Maybe not the most incredible gastronomic experience, but it's fun! Don't forget, beware of appearances....

Mislead in your shopping bag

La Boutique de l’imposture 

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This store is well named! (imposture means False Identity).

Household utensils, interior decoration, accessories... Everyone can find what they are looking for! 

Examples, examples, examples!  Cement pots in the form of shoes, a knitted wool sausage, and more... Enough to make nice and surprising little gifts. 


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A real shop dedicated to trompe l'oeil! wallpapers

Brick wall, glass roof, greenery... Enough to give your home sweet home the illusion of new spaces and perspectives.  

Everything is very misleading here, so keep your eyes open so you don't get caught again ;-) 

Painter Artist

Leonor Rieti 

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Leonor Rieti is undoubtedly one of the most representative artists of the art of trompe l'oeil. 

40 years of passion and illusion have resulted in more than a hundred works. For the lucky ones you may have already seen one of his works indoors, for the others be attentive to what surrounds you, many are hiding somewhere in Paris! 

If you also want to learn this art, go to his studio nestled in the 13th arrondissement of Paris! 

Trompe l’oeil in the streets of Paris 

Several works by different artists are hidden throughout the Capital. Rue Amandine went in search of these artistic treasures! 

Caserne de Pompiers


This work by Philippe Rebuffet was created in January 2000 for the Prefecture of Police.  

La Bibliothèque impossible 


 Bertin and Jouet in 1984. 

L’Ombre de l’arbre


Tamas Zanko's Life Size Work, painted in 1973, this trompe l'oeil is one of the  first murals in the Capital.



Signed by Fabio Rieti (father of Leonard Rieti) in 1989. Restored in 2016 by Leonor Rieti and Louyz. 

  • Privé de desserts : Pigalle : 4, rue Lallier, 75009 Paris. Aligre : 7 rue Théophile Roussel, 75012 Paris

  • La boutique de l’imposture : 1 rue Thérèse (angle rue Molière) - 75001 PARIS

  • Koziel : 1 rue Thérèse (angle rue Molière) 75001 PARIS

  • Leonor Rieti : 7, rue Abel Gance 75013 Paris

  • Caserne de Pompiers : 45 rue Saint- Fargeau, 75020 Paris

  • La Bibliothèque impossible : 121 rue Raymond Losserand, 75014 Paris

  • L’Ombre de l’arbre : 47 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris

  • L’escalier : 17 rue Etienne Marcel, 75001 Paris