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To me, a perfect day in Paris is exploring one single street.


Naturally, most people who visit this city for the first time head to the grand and wide Champs-Elysées which leads to the magnificent Arc de Triomphe.


But if you have more time, I find searching out other hidden gems in the different neighbourhoods very rewarding.


In fact, one can spend a whole day on streets like Rue Mouffetard, Rue des Martyrs, and Rue Cler, which I have written about or will write about in upcoming blog posts, but today I want to tell you about Rue Montorgueil. 



Eglise Saint-Eustache/Popular Street In Paris


This entrance faces south towards the Seine/Popular Street in Paris



Rue Montorgueil is a pedestrian-only street on the right bank starting in the 1st arrondissement and crossing over into the 2nd.


It begins behind the church Saint-Eustache (always nice to visit) and extends north about 350 metres.


Like most streets in Paris, on Rue Montorgueil, you stroll.  There is so much to see and visit that you are consistently shifting from right to left as you work your way up the street.


This is one of Paris’ permanent market streets and boasts some of the best meat and fish markets in the city, along with cozy bistros, boutiques, and bars diverse enough to please hipsters and traditionalists alike.



Heading north/Popular Street in Paris


Flower shops abound even at this time of year/Popular Street In Paris


Keeping warm at a local café/Popular Street In Paris



It is famous for the Stohrer pastry shop,  the oldest patisserie in Paris, founded in 1730 by King Louis XV’s pastry chef.  The window shopping here will have you salivating.


An institution on Rue Montorgueil/Popular Street in Paris


The Soguisa fish store is very lively although there are mixed reviews about the quality of the fish.


I just like looking at all the different kinds of fish and well, every street has some controversy non?


Poisonnerie/Fish Monger/Popular Street In Paris


Fresh fish daily/Poplar Street in Paris


On another trip, I want to try this establishment below, L’Escargot, which was established in 1832.  Imagine a restaurant that is almost 200 years old!


You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the golden snail statue above the entrance! 38 rue Montorgueil.  And of course, on the menu are snails, and you know how I feel about them! YUM!


They serve traditional French cuisine as well but escargots are the star!/Popular Street in Paris


In fact, I must take some friends when I go because I want to try their platter of 36 snails done five different ways for 80 euros.


That sounds like a deal!


Any takers?

Have you eaten at Le Train Bleu In Paris?



Rack of Lamb at Le Train Bleu

Have you read my blog “Dining Out In Paris?”

I write about Three other Restaurants that are also on my Wishlist!

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  1. Diana on November 6, 2022 at 9:30 am

    We’ve eaten at Train Bleu once waiting for.our train, of course. They were nice enough to hold our ridiculous amount.of luggage. The food was very good, but pricey. It was such a beautiful setting to eat in.

  2. martinn key2paris on November 6, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Bonjour Diana; so nice to read a post dedicated to “MY” street !
    I agree with you, or almost. A lot to see, savor, stroll. Lot of history in this very central Paris street.
    You know I have miles of files to share with my guests. One thing thought I totally disagree with you : I would not advertize for this fish monger; restaurants get their good supplies from another source on rue du NIl. You have many quality shops on Montorgueil and the adjacent streets but not this one.
    Whenever you come back let me take you there… again ?
    A question : why do you post about the great Train Bleu restaurant on that post ? Is it a teaser to follow you oin trhe Gare de Lyon area ? ah ah !
    I’d really like to reacquaint with you and share more of Paris with you. martinn @ key2paris

    • Diana Bishop on November 7, 2022 at 6:11 pm

      We will do that Martinn! I promise.
      Thanks for letting me know about that fish store. I have adjusted the blog.
      In response to your question about posting about Le Train Bleu, I have new readers all the time and they have not read
      many of my former blog posts (I now have about 200 of them that still are being read) so I post the link to past blogs that will
      take them to my website.
      We should set up a call to catch up. Lots of new projects going on my end, best to you, Diana

  3. Christine Kowal on November 6, 2022 at 9:57 am

    I think it’s so wonderful that these restaurants have such a long history, and are so exquisitely unique. A golden snail. Thank you for sharing these delights. I haven’t been to Paris in so long. But your blog reminds me.

    • Diana Bishop on November 7, 2022 at 6:08 pm

      I know you get back there one day — I hope you do!
      Love hearing from you and thank you for leaving a comment, Diana

    • Ms. Future on December 1, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      I’ve wanted to live in Paris for 1 year and to learn to speak French fluently. Maybe it’s just in my blood. Thanks for sharing the beauty of Paris in these pictures.

      • Diana Bishop on December 2, 2022 at 5:37 pm

        It was always MY DREAM TOO! It’s never too late. Go for it. Thanks for the comment! Diana

  4. Tara Sorab on November 6, 2022 at 10:30 am

    I would love to join you for escargots with all the different ways they make them! The last time I had them in France was in Dijon. It was followed by a plate of lambchops… a little bit rich but still one of my most memorable lunches.

    • Diana Bishop on November 7, 2022 at 6:07 pm

      Dijon! They say it is the culinary capital of France. I have never been.
      Just got a funny email from a reader telling me about his experience at L’escargot! He ordered snails of course and one went flying across the room when he
      tried to spear it. He said they were delicious but a little slippery.
      Love hearing from all of you … thank you Tara and I hope you are doing well. Diana

  5. Claire LS on November 6, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    I love Rue des Martyrs and try to visit that area on every visit to Paris. Elaine Sciolino has written a great book about the shopkeepers and neighbourhood from her time living there.

    • Diana Bishop on November 7, 2022 at 6:05 pm

      Yes, it is a wonderful book by a New York Times journalist. I do love Rue des Martyrs and have written about it in this blog.
      You can find it on my website at
      Thank you so much for the comment, Diana

  6. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on November 6, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    What a delightful discovery! Rue Montorgueil seems to have an abundance of interesting shops and restaurants – a wonderful way to spend a day of exploration!

    • Diana Bishop on November 7, 2022 at 6:03 pm

      I do love strolling along a street and getting to know it … so much fun, and better than running all over to see all the sights at once.

      Kind of you to leave a comment Gretchen! You are such a loyal fan! Thank you, Diana

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