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.
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.