this book. I would like to experience each market's own distinct flavor and unique offering of fresh food and household supplies.
On my last trip to Paris I did manage to visit two markets - Rue Cler and Rue Montorgueil - which will be the subject of the next two French Friday posts.
Rue Cler is located in the 7th arrondissement, walking distance to the Eiffel Tower. I first heard of this bustling market from Rick Steves' Paris guidebook (one of the best books on the market, in my humble opinion.)
|Lovely outdoor cafe on Rue Cler|
|Fruit and Vegetable Stand|
As it turned out, I was only able to visit this area once on my two week trip. I did purchase a few of the above items to take back to my apartment for a light dinner - still a fine meal despite the lack of magical ambiance.
Some special considerations:
- Rue Cler is traffic free, which is great for pedestrians who wish to stroll leisurely along the street, viewing the variety of shops and their clientele.
- Rue Cler is closed on Mondays, but open Tuesday - Saturday mornings from 8:30am-1:00pm, and then again from 3:00pm-7:30pm. (I find it refreshing that the French still take two off hours in the middle of the day for a family meal). The market is also open on Sunday mornings from 8:30am-noon.