A two-hour stroll in the lively Latin Quarter to feel like you’re a student again. From rue Mouffetard to the Pantheon and down to the river.
Begin your stroll at the bottom of Rue Mouffetard, also known as “the oldest street in Paris.” Though ancient, it’s still full of life and offers fresh produce alongside restaurants, bars, and cafés like Dose – Dealer de Wifi, which is nestled behind an ivy-covered archway about halfway up the street. Drop in for an excellent cappuccino and a comfy spot to read before heading to Au P’tit Grec for a filling, savory Mediterranean crêpe.
If you have more of a sweet tooth, stop by Oroyona Crepes for the best Nutella crêpe in Paris (really!). Keep walking up the narrow street until you reach Place de la Contrescarpe, a lively hangout for locals and students, especially at night. Speaking of nightlife, continue down Rue Mouffetard until you reach River Bar, a great spot for people whose favorite nights are the ones they won’t remember in the morning.
Walk a little further and you’ll find yourself behind the Pantheon, where important French figures like Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, and Émile Zola are buried. You can walk around the front and pay to go inside, or just gaze from afar before heading down the Rue Descartes and turning left onto a skinny alleyway that leads to St-Etienne-du-Mont. The facade of this small but beautiful cathedral might look familiar – in the film Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson sat on the cathedral’s steps while waiting for the car that would take him back to the 1920s.
Next, head down the Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève until it intersects with the bustling Rue Monge, and depending on the time of day, pick up a flaky kouign-amann (pronounced “queen-ah-man”) from La Parisienne. If you can wait, don’t eat your pastry just yet, save it instead for after you’ve strolled down the picturesque Rue de Frederic Sauton and found a spot to sit along the Quai de Montebello which boasts one of the most beautiful views of the Seine and Notre Dame. Bon appétit!