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Rue Daguerre

View of the Rue Daguerre.

Rue Daguerre

The Street for Foodies in Paris’s 14th Arrondissement

Rue Daguerre, 75014 Paris

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If you’re looking for a moment to catch your breath while hitting the classic tourist destinations in the Montparnasse neighborhood in the 14th Arrondissement, look no further than the charming and idyllically Parisian Rue Daguerre.

Conveniently positioned only a stone’s throw south of the Montparnasse Cemetery and within eyeshot of the Catacombs, this thoroughfare will take you away from the busy boulevards for an instant of calm. This street also makes for a wonderful spot to stop for lunch, a coffee, and a slow meander for a little window shopping in the midst of your busy day. 

Named after Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the first camera, the daguerreotype, this road has existed since 1730 when it was technically outside of Paris’s city limits — my, my how the city has grown! Since then, it’s evolved and stood the test of time becoming the home of many a well-known Parisian, including the famous director of the Nouvelle-Vague films, Agnès Varda (you can’t miss her eclectic pink house). 

Start your walk at the end of the street closest to the métro station Denfert-Rochereau where you will be immediately swept into the hustle and bustle of the open market. Allow the smells to guide your every step: aromatic French cheeses from the fromagerie, an array of fresh fish on ice at the poissonnerie, strawberries warmed by the sun at the primeur, and succulent chickens slow roasting at the boucherie.

Fromager in Paris selling cheese on Rue Daguerre

All of these smells greet you in a surprisingly orderly orchestration that immediately makes your mouth water and gets your tummy rumbling. Equal to the smells are the sounds of the sellers advertising their daily specials and the hum of hundreds of conversations as Parisians buy the necessities for that night’s dinner. 

As you continue your stroll, keep an eye out for the plethora of restaurants and traiteurs boasting food from around the world — we’re talking Greek, traditional French, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Lebanese, Indian, the island of Reunion — and even a raw, vegan café/restaurant. You could easily spend a week testing each cuisine and never repeat the same thing twice. Now that’s what I call an all-inclusive experience!

You can pepper your walk by popping into some of the cute boutiques along your path, selling original clothing pieces, children’s toys and books, to name a few. 

To finish off your promenade, treat yourself to a sweet treat in one of the four boulangeries located on Rue Daguerre. What will it be? A classic pain au chocolat? A religieuse? A tarte au citron? Or maybe go all-out for a tropezienne. The Rue Daguerre is, after all, your oyster! 

Parisian bakery in 14th Arrondissement

Continue exploring Paris through food with a unique culinary experience. Take a trip to the market and learn to cook a French meal with a local chef!

market shopping and cooking class in Paris

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  • Rue Daguerre
  • 75014 Paris

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