Rue Mouffetard is one of the liveliest of the Paris markets
You will be able to find the Rue Mouffetard Market in the fifth arrondissement of Paris. It is actually a street that has been converted into something of a market. It is one of the oldest, and now the most lively, streets in Paris. The centre of the street is on the Place de la Contrescarpe where Rue de Lacepede intersect with Rue Mouffetard. There is also a permanent open air market at the southern end of the street, the Square Saint Medard.
The central stretch of Rue Mouffetard is not open to anything other than pedestrian traffic. This makes it a much safer place to walk as you do not have to be concerned about motorists and you are free to cross the road at your leisure to see what stores are available on the other side.
As you explore the many shops and restaurants you will really enjoy the lively ambience which is enhanced by some great street music and entertainment.
Rue Mouffetard runs alongside a hill called Mont Sainte Genevieve that was called Mont Cetardus in ancient Roman times. The street is said to get its name from this hill and has been called by a number of variations of this over the centuries.
The road on with the Rue Mouffetard Market is found was originally a Roman road that ran from Rive Gauche (south bank of the Seine) to Italy. It was in the Middle ages that a church became the centre of a small town which later became integrated into Paris and was known as the main part of the "Faubourg Saint Medard". The area also escaped the redevelopment that was done by Naron Haussmann during Napoleon III's reign.
There are a number of different inns, hotels and bed and breakfast establishments along the street. Many of these buildings are very old and interesting examples of medieval architecture and make the whole experience that much more like an authentic medieval shopping market. Scattered throughout are boutique stores and fresh produce markets and all that kind of thing. The street culminates in its famous Rue Mouffetard Market, an open air market that attracts large numbers of visitors each day. You will not find fresher meats, vegetables, cheeses, seafood, pastries or other fine treats and delicacies anywhere in Paris.
If you wish to spend a day browsing a variety of stores and partaking of fresh food made from the freshest produce, then this liveliest of Paris markets is the place to visit. There is really something for everyone both on the main street itself and in the Rue Mouffetard Market. Make sure that you take the time to visit this fascinating marketplace and street.
Hours: The market is open daily from Tuesday through to noon on Sunday. Sunday mornings are the busiest time.