Rue de la Bûcherie

Number 11

Simone De Beauvoir lived at No. 11 Rue de la Bûcherie from 1948 to 1955, writing some of her most important works

The short street is one of the oldest on the left bank. It was given the name Bûcherie because of its proximity to the Port aux Bûches. This was where wood was unloaded and it was full of the wood merchants busy building Paris. But later in the Middle Ages the name changed to meaning ‘butchers’ as the street became the place where rotten carcasses of meat were salted and boiled to be fed to people living in Paris’ poorest district.