Around Mouffetard


The Mouffetard district is one of the oldest in Paris. Located in the 5th arrondissement, this picturesque street has many small shops and restaurants, but it also has a literary history and has a water well in use since 1624. Something you don’t want to miss.



The 5th arrondissement whose real name is “arrondissement of the Pantheon”  is composed of 4 districts that are symbols of Roman heritage and proves of the conquest of the land then called La Gaulle : Sorbonne District, Jardin des Plantes District, Saint-Victor District, Val de Grâce District.

Most of the 5th arrondissement of Paris, on the left bank of the Seine, includes the ancient Latin Quarter, whose first stones were laid by the Romans, and is a perfect testimony to the origins of the capital. The Lutetia Arenas, the Museum of the Middle Ages, the Pantheon and the Great Mosque, admired every day by many visitors, are all historical vestiges and monuments that symbolize the successive periods of its history.

One the most exciting area in the 5th is Mouffetard  whose old cobblestones streets were meant to lead to Rome via city of Lyon.

Historically located on the border between the Latin Quarter and the poor neighborhoods of Saint-Marcel  that used to he home to  cobblers, shoemakers and laundry workers, skinners, butchers very smelly professions that all  dumped their residues and waste into the nearby river La Bièvre, transforming it into a veritable public dump and open-air sewer. We let you imagine the problems of hygiene and insalubrity which became so important that the river was buried. But the district, full of this nauseating smell, kept the name of Mouffetard from the slang “la mouffe” which means “to stink”.

Over the centuries, the district has evolved under the influence of religious congregations, writers and Emperor Napoleon III, going from the poor and unsanitary district of yesteryear to one of the trendiest and most festive places in Paris

Presentation of the tour :Around Mouffetard

But first, let’s have a look at the practical details before we start our tour .


The tour passes through :

  1. Tino Rossi Garden
  2. The Plant Gardens
  3. Place de la Contrescarpe
  4. Lutece Arenas

It is a very little hilly route that starts in front of the Institut du monde arabe and ends up at Jussieu metro station.

Be there 10 minutes before the tour starts


For you to get to the departure point, you must take the following public transportations nearby the institut du monde arabe

  • Train: H, N
  • RER: 
  • Metro: 10, 7
  • Bus: 24, 63, 67, 86, 87, 89

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.


Like any of our other strolls, this tour is eco-friendly to preserve the planet as much as your health, it is entirely by foot and is open to all public. During the warmer months, don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and some sunscreen to avoid sunburns.

Our friendly advice: Why don’t you visit Saint-Medard Church after enjoying one of the many restaurants and cafes or simply after the tour wander through the market along Rue Mouffetard! The Marché de la Rue Mouffetard takes place every morning from Tuesday to Sunday.

 Stroll duration : 2h

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