Rue Cler is a pedestrian only open-air market street located in the heart of the 7th arr. Unlike other pedestrian-only streets i.e.Rue Mouffetard, Rue Buci & Rue Montorgueil, Rue Cler is wide with a very relaxed village-like feel.
Since Rue Cler was a block from our apt., we frequented it often.
Just about everything we needed could be found there.
The street is cobbled. The only vehicles are delivery vans/trucks.
The post office is the first building on the street; that was my first stop to buy stamps.
There are a variety of specialty shops; chocolate, honey, wine and imported salmon. I think you'd really have to love salmon to pay those prices.
What you notice most, though, are the colorful produce markets. Most were "help yourself". Below are blackberries, blueberries, red currants and raspberries; I had to look up groseille because I had no idea what those little round berries (red currants) were.
|Inside there were nuts and oils.|
|Shopping here for the evening meal would not bother me at all. No crowds, no cars or parking lots and really fresh produce.|
Flowers~one of the things I love about Paris.This was a very large flower shop.
Further down the street are two charcuteries (delicatessen). Both offer a wide variety of pre-prepared meals. The spaghetti bolognese (below) is 4.5 euros; across the street at the cafe it's 12.95 euros. As you can see, there is a large selection of vegetables and roasted meats and chickens.
|Love the green beans (haricots vert).|
|The tray on the left is a tangine.|
The choices change daily.
|Amuse bouche (hors d'oeuvres). The marinated olives were very tasty.|
The patisserie where we bought our daily pain au chocolat is marked by the purple awning.
Pain au chocolat is a sweet roll made with the same dough as a croissant, it is a chubby little pillow filled with pieces of dark chocolate.
|melt in your mouth meringues|
Only one small souvenir shop on Rue Cler~a real plus!
But there were two fromageries (cheese), which I suppose the French love. The smell was really awful walking by these shops.
There were also two grocery stores. We shopped in the Franprix, which is a chain grocery. You can find just about everything you need, but be careful how much you buy because you will have to carry it home.
The very first thing I did when we booked our apartment, was to search for the closest ice cream shop. Lucky for me there's an Amorino on Rue Cler.