Friday, March 11, 2016

French Friday: Rue Cler

As I mentioned last week, I adore the open air markets of Paris. I think because it is a remnant of Old World charm in the midst of a modern cosmopolitan city.

Some year I hope to work my way through Paris visiting many of the neighborhood markets featured in 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
Ideally I would visit this market in late morning. I would stop at one of the cafes, sit at an outside table with a cup of cafe creme, and watch the pedestrians stroll by. Afterwards, I would shop for a picnic lunch at Top Halles Fruit and Vegetables for a nice apple and perhaps some fresh berries. Then I would wander down Rue Cler to the fromagerie for a slice of Gruyere and perhaps a bit of brie.  Continuing my walk, I would come upon the boulangerie where I would purchase a crusty french baguette. And since this store is located next to La Mere de Famille, I would treat myself to one chocolate confection.

Fruit and Vegetable Stand
Once the food is purchased, I would walk the short distance to the Champs de Mars and enjoy fine dining al fresco in front of the Eiffel Tower. I cannot think of a better way to spend any afternoon.

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.


  1. Dear friends of ours lived on Rue Cler for around 20 years. They rented the apartment above a butcher shop. We visited them often. A fantastic market street!

    best... mae at

    1. Oh my... to live on Rue Cler would be an absolute dream! How fortunate for them - and for you to visit them :)


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