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“So much to see”

Rue Mouffetard Market
Ranked #88 of 1,242 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: A large street market in the Latin Quarter.
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Well worth visiting this area - easy to walk around and so much to see, eat and buy - all of it very good

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Reviewed 12 May 2017

I visited this market on a Sunday morning. There are cheeses, fish, pastries and even an outdoor large rotisserie with whole chickens and potatoes. A great place to pick up lunch or just stroll and eat with the French. An eye & mouth pleasing market. The vendors are artists in arranging their foods, especially the fish and the fruit & vegetable stands. The patisseries here have lines, but are worth the wait. Stroll to the end of the market by the church and you see musicians with the locals dancing in the street. Very charming.

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Reviewed 3 May 2017

You need not be in search of food, but for a pleasant – very pleasant – walk then Rue Mouffetard is the street for you. Not on a Monday though as you will find the shutters down in front of the shop windows and the food stalls won’t be around at all.

This street in the 5th arrondissement (district), dates from 1254 when it used to be part of the Roman Road, its name dating from that time because of the terrible stink caused by rotting garbage and human body wastes lying about. It had caused a ‘mouffettes’ also called a ‘moffettes’. That is French for a ‘skunk’, and to say ‘Quelle Mouffettes’ means ‘What a Stink!’

Today, this street is where Parisians go to shop for food – fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, wine, bread and pastries – and for a quick and inexpensive meal. Or just to sit about and chat.

There are three Metro stations close-by – Les Gobelins, Censier-Daubenton and Place Monge – all three on Line 7.

Exiting at either you will have just a short walk to Mouffetard.

Parisians carrying shopping bags will indicate that you’ve come to the right place, so you need not fear you will get lost.

Should you feel a little peckish know that there are several stalls where you can buy some freshly-roasted meat like leg of lamb or chicken, quails, turkey, and roasted potatoes or French fries. Also of course a French baguette sandwich: the ham and cheese ones are delicious.

The street does get a little on the busy side on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

If you come to Mouffetard on a sunny day, you will find that most of the street’s bistros and restaurants have tables outside where you will be able to sit over a 2.50-euro small black coffee and see the world go by. Or over a glass of wine which won't cost more than 4 euro.

Do also go into the church on the street. It is the St Medard Church constructed in the middle of the 16th century. Legend has it that many miracles have taken place in this church. And the French do still pop into it when in need of a miracle.

After you've explored the market, you can walk back to Ave Gobelins and catch the No. 47 bus which will take you right down Rue Monge and to Notre Dame Cathedral. It is a really pleasant ride.

11  Thank MZTParis
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

There are cheese shops, wine shops, multiple bread and pastry shops, meats, poultry, fish, fruits, vegetables, and plenty of restaurants. The street is cobblestones for much of the way. On Sundays, a few blocks are closed to traffic. In good weather there is sometimes entertainment down near the church.

Thank hrsch
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

This is the Paris that I think everyone wants to see. Lovely little food shops, everything from baked goods to cheese to seafood. Musicians playing in the street. We were there during the day, but I would love to come back in the evening on our next trip to Paris. Really a great experience.

Thank Cary K
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