A walk in quartier latin and rue Mouffetard

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This walk is 0.8 mile (1.3 km) long.
This walk starts at the bottom of Avenue des Gobelins, at rue de Bazeilles. Specifically on this street (Rue de Bazeilles), there is a farmer’ s market. So, if you are lucky, you will be able to start your walk with this lovely farmer’s market.

Just right after Rue de Bazeilles, starts the famous “Rue Mouffetard”. It is a narrow uphill street. the street starts with typical French food stores. You will find butchers, bakeries, delis. A hundred meters farther, restaurants and apparel stores begin. Be aware that restaurants and stores are very tiny and they are most of the time family owned.

Keep walking on Rue Mouffetard until Place de la Contrescarpe. This place is very pleasant, especially during summertime. You can sit in one of the numerous café terraces, and have a beer or a soda (without ice!).

After Place de la Contrescarpe, Rue Mouffetard becomes Rue Descartes. Follow this street until you get to the Place de l’Ecole Polytechnique. This location is the former place of Polytechnique University, one of the best engineering school in France. At this place, you can have dinner at “Les Pipos” or at “La Méthode”. I advise you though to come early or to reserve, as these restaurants are often packed.

Then, Take “Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève”. This uphill street leads to the church “Sainte Etienne du Mont” and the Panthéon. The Panthéon is the place where famous people are buried. There is also the Foucault’s pendulum, which demonstrates the rotation of the earth. I strongly recommend to visit the monument.

The promenade ends here. However, you can take “Rue Soufflot”, that leads to Boulevard Saint Michel, where there are plenty of stores.

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