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Just behind the neighborhood's namesake St-Germain church, this colorful crossroads (carrefour means "intersection") was once a notorious Rive Gauche landmark. During the French Revolution, the army enrolled its first volunteers here. It was also here that thousands of royalists and priests lost their heads during the 10-month wave of public executions known as the Reign of Terror. There's certainly nothing sinister about the carrefour today, though; brightly colored flowers are for sale alongside take-out ice cream and other sweet treats. Devotees of the superb, traditional bakery Carton (at No. 6 rue de Buci) line up for fresh breads and pastries (try their pain aux raisins, tuiles cookies, and tarte de citron).
Intersection of rues Mazarine, Dauphine, and de Buci, Paris, France
Aug 5, 2009
Rue de Buci is the perfect place to spend a relaxed evening with no real agenda. It is a market street, so lots of inexpensive food is available, and it is also lined with shops, cafes, bars, and has a great gelato store (Amorino). You can have a relaxed dinner, coffee, cocktail or snack and then either wander the surrounding charming streets or just sit and people watch. The bars and cafes are happening until late and sometimes a street performer
or two will show up to entertain near the Jade Bar. Overall, a great place to stroll or sit and just "be."