The Men of Montorgueil

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The Men of Montorgueil

It's no secret that I love Rue Montorgueil. Both of the apartments we rent are situated within a stone's throw because I know I'll spend a majority of my time there buying cheese, bread, fruit, fish and kick-ass rotisserie chicken that will be stuffed into a paper bag with those to-die-for bacon-y, crispy potatoes. If Paris is a moveable feast, then Montorgueil is the comfort food. Things are always bustling there, but they never change. I could have taken these photographs three years ago, and I expect - and hope - that three years from now they will look much the same. That chess game? It's been going on for as long as I can remember. At a time when much of Paris is changing so rapidly (a Starbucks has opened at the North end of the Street, a Kiehl's at the South end), these guys are old school in every right way. The men of Montorgueil are lively, engaged, knowledgeable and never stop moving. In fact, the only time I've seen them stand still is when they're stationed in front of their shops greeting customers and announcing promos. The pace at which they work is inspiring: They inquire, they help, they identify, they sell. And they sell hard. I usually go to La Fermette (top 2 photos) for just one or two cheeses, and happily return home with three or four. I may have spent more, but the curation is impeccable, and the cheese guys would never allow anyone to "buy the wrong thing." They know their stuff, and they know that they know it. And that's hot. My friend Lindsey shares my love of Rue Montorgueil and its men, and is celebrating them on her blog as well, here. Because, you know, you need some more manly eye candy, right? Here's to the proprietors, the waiters and the chess dudes.

21 comments

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Genevieve

The second from the bottom reminds me of Ruth Orkin’s American Girl in Italy, only minus the girl. You find the beauty (or the handsome?) in everything.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lindsey

Love the guys from La Fermette!!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by ParisienSalon

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Sandra

Okay, I love this street, must go!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Genevieve

I love these guys (especially the young one in the first shot)!

I miss Paris when I look at your photos, thank you for sharing them.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by kim

Great post, made me smile. I’ve visited Paris about 6 times but never made it to Rue Montorgueil, but I should! Hope to go back to Paris in September, I’m thinking about showing my mom & aunts around this time.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Maria at inredningsvis.se

Great pics:) I really like your blog..so much nice inspiration.
I wish you a lovely weekend.

LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
(Sweden)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Milsters / Little Pieces of Light

Great post and fantastic photos!! This is also one of my favourite streets in Paris.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by vicki archer

Fantastic shots… in a most wonderful part of Paris… loved this post… xv

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by 505whimsygirl

I can see why you enjoy going to this street so often! I don’t know much about cheeses and would need a lot of help!!

Thanks for sharing.

Hugs,
Kay

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