Rue Cler

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Rue Cler Rue Cler in Paris’ 7eme is a lovely pedestrian street packed with florists, cheese shops, trendy cafés, & more. Shop like the French in Paris with Party Earth. Paris France 48.856583 2.306474
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Party Earth Review A few blocks west of the plethora of monuments and museums that make up Les Invalides and a few blocks east of the Eiffel Tower, the small pedestrian stretch of Rue Cler offers visitors a quintessentially French shopping... ... read full review

  • Neighborhood:

    7eme
  • Address:

    Rue Cler (between Avenue de La Motte-Picquet and Rue de Grenelle)
    75007 Paris

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  • Metro:

    8: École Militaire

  • Hours:

    Individual vendors and shops maintain different hours. Most food stalls open around 8am and close around 7:30pm. Area restaurants tend to close later, with 10–11pm the norm. Several of the Rue Cler venues are closed or close around 1pm on Sundays

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Rue Cler Review

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Rue Cler in Paris’ 7eme is a lovely pedestrian street packed with florists, cheese shops, trendy cafés, & more. Shop like the French in Paris with Party Earth.

A few blocks west of the plethora of monuments and museums that make up Les Invalides and a few blocks east of the Eiffel Tower, the small pedestrian stretch of Rue Cler offers visitors a quintessentially French shopping experience.

And might just be the chicest place in town to buy a potato.

This 300-year-old cobblestone street is home to a mélange of artisan food shops and cute café/restaurants where time seems to travel at half pace. The offerings include an enviable selection of épiceries(high-end grocers), florists, cheese purveyors, fish mongers, and bakeries.

Seasoned shopkeepers display their fresh produce for the charming old ladies and canvas bag-wielding locals who pick through the selection with an eagle eye – or a hound’s nose – as beautiful women wielding designer handbags head for mid-afternoon coffee at a trendy café.

Four butcheries ensure a savory slice of meat is never out of reach, while wine shops like Bacchus make it easy to pair a meal with a budget-friendly bottle or two.

Nobody is in a rush to get back to work or to race to the next tourist hotspot, whether they’re casual young workers grabbing some scrumptious deli food to go at Charcuterie Davoli, local families joining the people-watchers at the always busy Café du Marché, or savvy foodies ordering a gourmet picnic basket from L'Epicerie Fine.

An elegant corner of Paris, Rue Cler is more stylish and less frenetic than most other Parisian market streets, making it a must visit for anybody yearning for a lazy – but very tasty – afternoon.

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Tip from Adriana:

The row of cafés around The Café du Marché in the middle of the street is the perfect place to see and be seen. But if you don’t like children, steer clear between 4 and 5pm, as the street becomes a mini playground when kids head home from school.

  • Crowd

    Everyone from pampered couples and snooty foodies to locals stocking up, old ladies grocery shopping, college kids, young families, and scads of tourists wondering why they don’t have a street like this back home. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Loads of people-watching.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Options abound on the food front, including casual French cafés like Café Roussillon, fresh produce at Top Halles, seafood at Poissonnerie, and very wallet-friendly meals at local favorite Café du Marché.

    Other highlights include:
    L'Epicerie Fine, a fine-food boutique with English-speaking staff.

    A La Mère de Famille Gourmand Chocolats Confiseries, where consuming a bon-bon is akin to having a religious experience.

    Oliviers & Co. Olive Oils, which sells snacks and other goodies, primarily from southern France.

    Tabac La Cave a Cigares, with Cuban stogies that would make Castro proud.

    Charcuterie Davoli, whose deli food is perfect for those on the go.

  • Prices

    Visitors to Rue Cler can spend as little as €10 for a plat du jourto several times that for a special delicacy.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Foodies should go earlier in the day to get the best produce, while people-watchers should show up any day during lunch for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    Nearby Rue Saint-Dominique is another great street with a mix of high-end boutiques, food shops, and inviting cafés/bars, and makes for a great stopover during a jaunt from Rue Cler to the Eiffel Tower.

Rue Cler User Reviews

Average rating:
Overrated Walking Street
Ariana S. Feb 21, 2013
Rue Cler is in every guidebook about Paris, which means one thing- lots and lots of tourists. Flower shops, fromageries (cheese stores), and boulangeries line the street and attract hundreds of people looking for the "typical Parisian street". In my opinion, these shops are overpriced and completely catered to unassuming Americans. One of the main charms of Rue Cler is that no cars are allowed on the street, which allows for leisurely walks and window browsing. Also, this street is near the Eiffel Tower, so it is an easy destination to go to after a day of touring. I would recommend skipping Rue Cler and walking down the Seine, or hopping on the metro, to the second arrondissement. Rue Montorgueil is a hidden walking street in the middle of Paris. There are top quality bakeries, such as Eric Kayser, and fromageries with a fantastic selection of cheeses. The main fromagerie in the middle of the street even offers four pieces of cheese for 6 euros. The only catch is that the vendors get to choose the cheeses for you. In my opinion, that makes it all the better. Another walking street alternative is Rue Mouffetard, in the fifth arrondissement. This street is lined with cobblestones and has a very charming appeal to it.
Trendy, Upscale Part of Town
Tara R. Dec 11, 2012
Rue de Cler somehow manages not to be pretentious—perhaps in the way the French effortlessly seam style and their way of life. There’s just a very French feel to this area, which manages to seem elegant and stylish without trying too hard. The pace is also very languid, making a walk down the street simple and enjoyable. And my, do the French love their food! I’m an olive oil lover, so the oil boutique is a definite must. And a warning to your lungs: only the French can make smoking look so effortlessly and somehow bon pour la santé.
Rue Cler
John P. Dec 10, 2012
We were in Paris for 4 days and stayed at the Hotel Cadran at 10, rue du Champ de Mars in this neighborhood. This is the neighborhood surrounding the Eiffel Tower. I would definitely recommend using this neighborhood as home base for any trip to Paris. First, it has a quaint, smaller scale feel with many small shops and cafes. You can walk into most cafes and have a very good meal. The two by our hotel were Café Du Marche and Café Central. Our hotel was a pleasant 10-15 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower which I didn’t think would be anything but really was spectacular. It is also a lovely 30 minute walk to the Louvre and all the attractions in that area. Paris is a walking city because of it’s layout and beauty. Once we got our bearings, Rue Cler felt like home away from home.
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