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Jen Kirkman's Favorite Street // Rue Mouffetard

Roberto Frankenberg

Photo by Roberto Frankenberg

A happy byproduct of Chelsea Lately—Chelsea Handler’s wickedly funny talk show—is that it frequently turns its comedian panelists into stars in their own right. Enter Jen Kirkman, who, in addition to regularly filling out Lately’s roundtable, has released comedy albums (Hail to the Freaks being her latest), written for TV shows (NBC’s Perfect Couples) and penned a book about choosing not to have kids (I Can Barely Take Care of Myself, out this month). Oh, and once in a while she drinks too much wine and delivers slurred narratives for Funny or Die’s Drunk History sketches. Last October, the Boston native took a break from the business of funny (but hopefully not the wine) to spend a week in Paris, where she fell for this cobblestone stretch in the 5th arrondissement.

“What I love about this street is that it’s quiet. It’s mainly a pedestrian avenue. The stores are so diverse, from trendy shoe boutiques like Dressing Parisien to specialty macaron shops.”

“If you’re visiting this street for the first time, go on a Sunday morning, grab a crepe from Au P’tit Grec and try to catch the locals who dance and sing in front of Saint-Médard chapel.”

Le Maison des Tartes is a tiny café and very cheap for the best tarts in town. Le Bistro au Vieux Chêne is said to be the oldest bar in Paris, and its happy hour starts at 4 p.m. and lasts a looong time.”

“I was walking one morning and a small jazz band started to play outside of a cheese shop. A young man and woman started dancing and a crowd surrounded them, clapping along as they spun each other around.”

You may not be able to travel with Kirkman to Paris, but we've got the next best thing. She shared her Paris-inspired playlist with us on Spotify! Tune in.

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