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Place Contrescarpe and the rue Mouffetard
Rue de ecole Polytechnique Quartier Latin Paris
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRue de ecole Polytechnique Quartier Latin Paris - Credit: Jordgubbe

Described as 'one of the most interesting parts' of the Latin Quarter, the Place de la Contrescarpe 'is a crossroads where old and new Paris meet.' Today the 'idyllic square incorporating the haute classe [high class] of Parisian cafe culture and the underground world of privately owned book shops' gives rise to 'an aging book worm slowly sifting his way through the dusty pages of first time editions'.

 

 

In an excerpt from The Time Out Book of Paris Walks, Michael Palin writes that his tour of the Hemingway sites 'begins here in this wonderful narrow crowded market street. Which is pretty much the way it still is. A working neighborhood, not yet a tourist ghetto [...] Most mornings there is a street market in the rue Mouffetard and the smells of fresh-baked bread, cheese, coffee, crepes, roasting chicken, almonds, herbs, sausages, shellfish and everything the French find so important in life induce a series of small olfactory orgasms as you start to climb the steeply sloping cobbles.'

 

 

 

Of the Cafe des Amateurs, Palin states that 'it's reincarnated as the cafe La Chop, a cheerful, unselfconscious place popular with students from the local lycees.'