5th arrondissement, Rue Mouffetard Street/Market

I am renting an apartment in the 5th arrondissements in May. I will be close to Rue Mouffetard Street/Market. When do the markets open/close? My flight arrives in the early evening and I would like to buy food before the next morning. General tips/suggestions regarding 5th arrondissement appreciated. This is my first trip to Paris.
Thanks!

Posted by Morris
Loudoun County, Va., USA
157 posts

My wife and I always stay in the 17th at a hotel on Rue Poncelet. The street market there generally closes between 5 and 6 PM. I would think that the market on Rue Mouffetard would do the same.

Posted by Diane
Ottawa
1156 posts

I've seen some shops close along Mouffetard as late as 8 or 9pm. However, the food shops and vendors on the whole street are practically shut on one day of the week - I think that it's on Mondays, you'd have to check. Lots of restaurants to choose from, though.

Posted by Southam
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
916 posts

The Mouffetard is a lively neighbour although the restaurants along the narrow street (one of the few to escape the massive Paris rebuild of the mid-19th Century) are very touristy. Food shops spill onto the sidewalk at the southern end. The street market down the hill is only open a couple of days a week, as is another near the Maubert Metro stop (you can find hours on www.About.com) The Centre Commercial Italie 2 is a large shopping centre at Place d'Italie with a Carrefour supermarket open until 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday according to the centre's webpage. The place is a brisk hike south from Mouffetard on av. de Gobelins or catch a quick Metro ride from the Monge or Censier-Daubenton stations.
You will have more fun, as a first-timer, if you make Google your friend now and research the mountain of information sites, particularly the city and national goverment operations, as well as municipal transport (RATP), museums, concerts, restaurants etc. It takes a lot of work but doing the searches yourself will give your more confidence once you are on the ground. And your mind is on vacation long before you leave.

Posted by Norma
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3410 posts

There is a Franprix supermarket on Mouffetard and lots of the Franprix stores are open until 10:00pm. If it is not, there are always little corner shops for the things that can't wait til morning. I hope you have a guide book for Paris, one that gives details on each arrondissement. As this is your first trip to Paris, have a look at tomsguidetoparis.com and parisbytrain.com I just came back a few days ago. My heart is still there.