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“Spend Sunday Morning on Rue Mouffetard”

Rue Mouffetard Market
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Paris Left Bank Wine Tasting and Walk
Ranked #87 of 1,230 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: A large street market in the Latin Quarter.
Reviewed 16 December 2011

When you are in Paris, you must go to Rue Mouffetard on Sunday around 11:00 AM. Take the metro to the Place Monge station, and you can do a little shopping, too, at the outdoor market there. To the rear of the market, rue Ortolan leads to Mouffetard, and once you cross Mouffetard, the street name changes to rue du Pot de Fer, which is a pedestrian-only street lined with cafes and shops. Exploring that street will be for another time. Mouffetard is cobble-stoned and one of the oldest streets in Paris. It was once part of an old Roman road to Rome via Lyon. On Sunday morning, a group of musicians gathers there and plays for tips. They looked like senior citizens to me, and yes, they were playing for money, but it looked as if they enjoyed playing music as much as the audience enjoyed hearing it.

Further on down Mouffetard, past all the shops and cafes, there was an outdoor karaoke song and dance show going on. Copies of lyrics to popular French songs were distributed to the crowd, and individuals were encouraged to take the mike and sing, and everyone was encouraged to dance right there in the street. I have never seen anything quite like it. There were 2 lead dancers who danced with each other and with members of the crowd. I thought Mouffetard would be a huge tourist attraction, but I really couldn’t tell tourists from French people, and, regardless, everyone at the karaoke show was having a good time.

On a more serious note, the church of Saint Medard is located adjacent to the song and dance show. This church was at the center of religious controversy because its priests espoused Jansenism, which the Catholic church declared to be heretical in the 1700s. Now it’s just a lovely old church, and there remains not a hint of its infamous past.

Sunday morning on rue Mouffetard is a people-watching treat and a great way to spend your day.

11  Thank BeckyBooBird
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Reviewed 16 December 2011

Always a joy - touristy? And so what !! Check out the Place Monge market too!

2  Thank Loquax
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

Do not miss this cobblestone, pedestrian street lined with a butcher, bakers & candlestick makers! Ok, maybe not candlestick makers, but it has everything else. On a busy, market Saturday they close it to cars & old Paris comes back alive. The sites, the smells, the music. Start at the bottom of the hill where rue Mouffetard meets Av. des Gobelins and slowly work your way up to the top of the hill. Stop for "un cafe au lait" or "un kir" at one of the cafes and eat the fresh baguette, fromage & saucisson sec you picked up along the way. C'est magnifique!

4  Thank Ellen S
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

Located in the Latin Quarter, Rue Mouffetard is a historic street lined with quaint shops, great restaurants and excellent food stalls, open air makets. Be prepared to eat, food, pastry, everything you could imagine...great and numerous chocolate shops as well.

4  Thank jld94114
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

A lot of junk shops mixed in with the wine and cheese and fruit shops. The best stop for us was L'Autre The'. I much prefer (the little i saw of) rue Cler to avoid all the junk sellers which were in abundance on Rue Mouffetard. If this is near your hotel then give it a whirl, otherwise, don't go out of your way to see it.

4  Thank gloryb2god
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