Discover Doorways of Paris story

"There are things known, and things unknown, and in between are the Doors"

In April of 2016, on an evening like so many others, Vincent and I went for a stroll around our Paris neighborhood, near Jardin de Luxembourg.

Halfway through, he stopped in front of a building and said, “Look, such a gorgeous door.” Indeed it was.

14 boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris
14 boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris

A few weeks later, it was me who was the one pointing at a new door, telling him, “Look, this door looks like the one you showed me.” Something had clicked. I can’t really say why, but I started taking pictures of doors here and there as a humble way to capture the beauty of Paris. 

After that day, Doorwaysofparis Instagram account became a reality, mostly as a lovely way to share the timeless gallery of doors that had begun to fascinate me.

Since that day, I’ve walked countless Parisian streets in all twenty of the city’s arrondissements, discovering hidden gems and lovely landscapes that I never imagined existed. The doors have become like my own private city guides—guides who know everything, have seen everything, and whisper of what is yet to come.

And along the way, I’ve encountered random wonderful people who’ve told me stories about their neighborhoods, the history their doors have seen, and the future they hope to see.

About The Author

Hi! I’m Raquel, the creator of the Instagram account DoorwaysofParis and the photos of Doorways of Paris book.

Born and raised in the north-east of Spain, after having lived for over 5 years in the US, I moved to Paris on 2012, where today I call Paris’s 14th arrondissement home.

I started the Instagram account on April 2016 and since then I haven’t left my camera home any weekend, always looking for a new door, hidden behind the Parisian crowds, or in a secret alley I haven’t yet discovered.

If you want to know more, check out the interview on Architectural Digest India’s site.

I’m sure there will be soon more doors and fascinating projects to share with you!

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All of the content and photography included in this site belongs to me, Raquel Puig, the lady behind Doorways of Paris.

The photographs on this site are intended for use on the site and Doorways of Paris social media accounts only. For that reason, I don’t give permission to use them on other websites or blogs, in magazines, and in other material, whether they’re for a commercial enterprise or a non-profit, either printed or online. If you’d like to use them, would be lovely if you get in touch first.