Rue Mouffetard Market

Rue Mouffetard is one of the liveliest of the Paris markets

Rue-Mouffetard cc licensed photo by Fil.Al

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 along which 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 making the whole experience that much more like an authentic medieval shopping market. Scattered throughout are boutique stores and fresh produce markets. 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.

Nearby attractions: Jardin des Plantes, National Museum of Natural History and The Pantheon

Facts For Your Visit


Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Address: 139 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France

Official Website: Marché de la rue Mouffetard


Rated 4.4 out of 5Rue Mouffetard Market Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great area to explore with fresh market items and ready made baked good and other restaurant. Lined with wineries. Specialty goods and food. Just amazing. Visiting from the states I was amazed to see the qualities of fruits and veggies all around. The street is filled with a lot of history. Visited here during a tour and we stayed to continue visiting until late at night.

Kethnie Moreau - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Real Parisian atmosphere, tango accordion, dancing people, excellent restaurants with terraces, this is the Paris we were looking for.

Hugyák Csaba - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Rue Mouffetard is one of the oldest streets and a real attraction in Paris. Definitely a must-visit any day, anytime. Surely, on Sundays, it will be much more crowded with lots of attractions, music and people setting up stands in the street to sell many things. The atmosphere is unique. It's an old street with interesting shops, cafes, and markets that give you a real sense of Parisian life. You can find fresh food and local treats in the market, and the narrow, bumpy streets make it feel like you're going back in time. There are cafes, bars, and cozy restaurants serving different types of food from around the world. If you want a true taste of Paris, Rue Mouffetard is a cool place to visit.

A A - 5 days ago

4 Star Rating There aren’t many to look around to be honest but I found two very nice cake shops from visiting the market so add extra one star. Buy some food and go to the park near and enjoy your food in peace under the sun and trees.

Summer 365 - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Loved this walk..such an interesting street

Marlene Cross - 1 month ago

Accommodations near Marché de la rue Mouffetard :


Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M7Censier-Daubenton2 minutes
M10Cardinal Lemoine5 minutes

How to get to Marché de la rue Mouffetard by Metro / RER

By Metro: From Metro Line 7 exit at Censier-Daubenton Station and walk southwest along Rue Daubenton to Rue Mouffetard. Going right (south) leads you through Lower Rue Mouffetard to Square Saint Medard, while going left (north) leads towards Upper Rue Mouffetard. From Metro Line 10 exit at Cardinal Lemoine Station and follow Rue Cardinal Lemoine southwest to the upper end of Rue Mouffetard at the traffic circle. Follow Rue Mouffetard south through the Market.

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