Ah, Rue Mouffetard! A 605-meter long kaleidoscope of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, butcher’s and fishmonger’s, fruit stalls, wine shops, boutiques with chocolates, Belgian waffles, crêpes, and, of course, cheeses. Medieval buildings of Rue Mouffetard make it particularly charming, having been excluded from Hausmann’s Paris renovation plan of 1853-1870.
It is one of the oldest Parisian streets, which originally was a part of a Roman road from Lutecia to Italy. Now it is a semi-pedestrian path for food lovers, local and visiting.
If the time allows, I love going there on a weekday, early in the morning when the market opens, or on a weekend evening with some friends to enjoy a seafood platter from one of the fishmongers. They all gladly open fresh oysters and serve them on ice with an order of shrimps, whelks, and any other kind of shellfish. Cold white wine is always on the menu, as well.
Weekend mornings are very lively there, making it thus, the best time for people-watching over a cup of coffee and indulging fully in the diversity of market delicacies, smells, colors, and sounds.