One of central Paris’ storied thoroughfares, Rue Montorgueil—located in the 1st and 2nd arrondissements—has a reputation for culinary excellence. Once home to Les Halles (Paris’ major food market, demolished in 1971), Rue Montorgueil is still lined with bistros, pastry shops, and other delectable addresses today.
Once site of the famed Les Halles market, Rue Montorgueil is still a popular destination for food lovers. Home to celebrated highlights like Stohrer (which dates to 1730 and is Paris’ oldest pastry shop), l’Escargot Montorgueil (a restaurant founded in 1832), and Au Pied de Cochon (a 24-hour eatery that specializes in pig trotters and other traditional fare), the street is a veritable treasure trove of must-try delicacies. For dedicated home cooks, the Rue Montorgueil also hosts an array of cooking supply shops. While Le Creuset cookware might be too heavy to take home in your suitcase, smaller utensils and servingware make for appealing souvenirs.
Rue Montorgueil features on various walking-tour itineraries of central Paris and is also easy to explore independently.
Things to Know Before You Go
- As Rue Montorgueil is closed to vehicular traffic, it is accessible to pedestrians and families.
- Given its heavy concentration of famed eateries, Rue Montorgueil is perfect for time-pressed visitors looking to embark on a Paris tasting tour.
- Rue Montorgueil has been immortalized by artists the likes of Claude Monet.
How to Get There
Given its location in the heart of Paris, Rue Montorgueil can be reached by numerous forms of transportation. If traveling by Metro, take line 3 to Sentier station or line 4 to Les Halles station. The street is also served by bus 29, 38, 47, 67, 74, or 85. It can easily be reached on foot or by Vélib’ bike.
When to Get There
As its many restaurants, shops, and cafés are Rue Montorgueil’s main attractions, it’s best to plan a visit during typical daytime opening hours. However, if you do find yourself visiting after dark, the street also boasts a selection of late-night eateries and vibrant bars.
History of the Rue Montorgueil Area
The area where Les Halles once stood has hosted major local markets since as far back as the 11th century. Formal market stalls were constructed by the 12th century and gradually grew into Les Halles: one of the city’s largest, grandest markets. Though it was demolished in 1971, its legacy still lives on today.