Enjoy An Afternoon Exploring One Of Paris’ Most Ancient Streets

Enjoy An Afternoon Exploring One Of Paris’ Most Ancient Streets
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Paris’ Latin Quarter is renowned for sites like Jardin de Luxembourg and the Pantheon. It is also home to universities, such as the Sorbonne. This mixture of unique Paris sites and lively student life makes the neighborhood a must-visit. While there, make sure to spend a few hours exploring Rue Mouffetard. Here, find clothing and jewelry boutiques, a variety of restaurants to please every palate and budget and an open- air market featuring the freshest products from all over France. For a taste of traditional Paris living, do not miss this quaint cobbled-stoned street.

Discover a great variety of shops

enjoy an afternoon exploring one of paris’ most ancient streets | discover a great variety of shops

Rue Mouffetard offers visitors a variety of shops, ranging from eclectic clothing stores like Sherpa, which features Nepalese-inspired items, to rare book stores like L’Arbre du Voyageur to flower shops like Zinc de fleurs. There are also specialty food shops like the gourmet chocolatier Jeff de Bruges Paris and L’Autre Thé, a tea manufacturer.

Have lunch in one of the street’s wonderful restaurants!

enjoy an afternoon exploring one of paris’ most ancient streets | have lunch in one of the street’s wonderful restaurants!

Owing to the street’s history (it avoided destruction during architect Baron Haussman’s grand revitalization of Paris in the 19th century) and the nearby universities, it’s easy to find both long-standing and budget-conscious eateries on Rue Mouffetard. Le Verre a Pied (wineglass) is a traditional, no-frills 19th century bistro serving only a plat du jour (daily special) and cheese and meat boards. Restaurants like the MOUFF’tot MOUFF’tard serve up fresh oysters and clams. For those with a small budget but a big appetite, Au P’tit Grec (the little Greek) is perfect. Here, be ready to wait in line for crepes made on the spot. Choose a savory crepe like jambon fromage (ham and cheese) or a sweet one like Nutella and take it with you as you browse. For a weekend brunch or refueling afternoon tea and pastry (with house-made jam), head to Le Sweet Spot.

Shop like a true Parisian at the market

enjoy an afternoon exploring one of paris’ most ancient streets | shop like a true parisian at the market

While the upper half of the street is dominated by shops and restaurants, the lower half hosts the open-air market and fresh food stands. This is an ideal location to shop for a weekend lunch. The fromagerie (cheese shop) proposes French classics like brie and camembert, as well as foreign offerings like Dutch Gouda and English cheddar. Browse for the perfect wine pairing next door at La Fontaine aux Vins (wine fountain). For the main course, head to Poissonnerie Saint-Médard for fresh-caught seafood from France’s Brittany region or Boucherie Saint-Médard for a rotisserie chicken and potatoes. Still more, there are countless fruit and vegetable stands offering the season’s freshest produce. The market truly comes alive on weekend mornings as Parisians scramble to finish their shopping. But calm moments can be found amongst the folly. Take, for example, the jazz band that played a set on the street corner.

Make the most of your time on Rue Mouffetard

Enjoy the frenetic atmosphere of Rue Mouffetard, but don’t forget to appreciate the special details of this narrow 650-meter street in the heart of Paris. Rue Mouffetard is accessible on metro line 7 either at stop Place Monge or Censier- Daubenton. Stores and restaurants have differing hours, however most are open 8.00 AM to 7.30 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 8.00 AM to 12.00 PM Sunday. Most businesses are closed on Monday.

Memo: Some sites (stores/restaurants/markets) are in French but an internet-based translator will provide an English version

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Audrey is a 25-year-old American living in South Korea and teaching English. She lived in Paris for two years as a French language student and au pair. During that time she also mastered the art...Read more

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