"Climb the Street" Rue Mouffetard Tip by hquittner

Rue Mouffetard, Paris: 21 reviews and 52 photos

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The Rue Mouffetard ascends the hill ,Mount Ste. Genevieve . At the base of the street is the St. Medard Quarter with the church of the same name. At the top it flattens into the Place de la Contrescarpe which was just outside the ancient city wall of Philippe Auguste (1190). This is the point at which the Latin Quarter begins. Every weekday morning the St. Medard end is buzzing with the activity of a market , partly shop based, characteristic of many residential sites within Paris. (The quality is reputed to be very high here). The Church of St Medard is Gothic but heavily modified and has a little park on its south side that once was a cemetery. The street is composed of old buildings many of which have been extensively modernized inside. There are all sorts of shops and eateries.(The ethnic Greek ones are the best). A few quaint alleys extend laterally as you proceed upward (it is about 800 meters long). At the midpoint is a ?well?(Fontaine Pot-de-Fer) the run-off of excess water delivered to the Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens that are far up the hill to the left.. With the ever expanding tourist directed commerce the picturequeness of the Rue is becoming hard to find. A chapter of a tourist book called ?Pariswalks? is devoted to it but we found it too difficult to follow. Most people just come to look and eat , drink or shop. In the perpendicular adjacent streets there are more of the same: eateries, schools and abodes.

Address: Rue Mouffetard
Directions: Metro Censier Daubenton (line 7) is best Metro, or walk.
Website: http://www.rue-mouffetard.com/market.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 31, 2006
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