Rue Cler Paris
Rue Cler is my absolute favorite street in Paris! I love the shops, the market and the multitude of wonderful little hotels both on this street and on neighboring streets. Staying on rue Cler gives you a neighborhood feeling instead of a big city feeling. Yet, you are mere blocks from the Eiffel Towerwhich I thought was amazing.
The market lines this short little traffic-free street Tuesday – Saturday and Sunday mornings. Just take the metro to the Ecoloe Militaire stop and plan to spend the day. There are lots of shops to explore besides the market stalls. One of my favorite stops is to buy honey! The honey shop Famille Mary actually originates in Angers, France. They have a multitude of local honey as well as honey from all over France. I doubt you will find a nicer shop anywhere. They are so friendly and helpful and you will definitely be on sugar overload by the time you have sampled everything they have to offer you! The chocolate honey mix we bought was excellent on toast and the lavender honey is amazing in tea.
Have a drink at Café du Marché, one of the most famous cafés in the area. The above photo was taken about 10 in the morning just before we stopped for a coffee. I love their lunch salad with magret de canard (duck breast). This café is on the corner of rue du champ du Mars and rue Cler so it is a great central location for people watching. Several times when our plan has arrived at six in the morning or shortly thereafter we have gone to Café du Marché for coffee or tea and a croissant. It is nice just to enjoy being in Paris and gives us some time to plan out the day’s activities. Once the shops open, we do a bit of shopping and if we are still in the area when lunch time rolls around we return here for lunch.
Besides the market and shops on this petite street you can find some excellent shopping on rue Grenelle. Before you leave this street, visit one of the shops or market stalls and buy everything you need for a picnic. The ideal picnic spot is just a couple of blocks away at the base of the Eiffel Tower. Meander (this is a must) down to rue Grenelle and turn right. Follow rue Grenelle to the Parc du Champ de Mars. Look right and this is what you will see:
Photo compliments of On Line Photography School