This week, we look at the tiny, quiet and cobbled streets of Rue Cler in the 7th arrondissement. This market street is home to a number of tiny French cafes and shops which native Parisians frequent especially during seasons that call for al fresco dining and a little sightseeing. For tourists, there are plenty of attractions and dining destinations in this street that can make your vacation more memorable.
Why stay in rue Cler?
For one thing, rue Cler is within proximity to a number of beloved French restaurants, such as Le Bosquet, a French café with al fresco dining so you can see Parisians walk by while enjoying your French onion soup, La Maison du Sushi Rive Gauche, where you can find French-Japanese fusion cuisine and behind it is a smaller bistro called La Taverna that serves delicious Italian meals. Staying in a comfortable Paris apartment near these restaurants means you can skip cooking and have a seasoned chef prepare your meal instead.
Rue Cler is not just a street for food enthusiasts though. Smaller streets and paths that intersect it are also home to a variety of tourist attractions: the Eiffel Tower, for example, is just 5 minutes away from rue Cler and rue Bosquet. The grand attraction and the garden that surrounds it is reachable on foot or via Velib. If your interests incline towards French’s military history, the French Army Museum in Invalides is but 7 minutes away on foot.
Upon reaching the Army Museum, you can easily reach other attractions like Napoleon’s Tomb (Le Tombeau de Napoleon) located along avenue de Tourville, Musee de Plans-Reliefs, Musee de l’Ordre de la Liberation, and Musee de Histoire Contemporaine.
Located right across this complex of museums is the smaller Rodin Museum where you can still find the legendary French sculptor’s studio along with a few of his unfinished work.
Since the 18th century, rue Cler has been home to masters of gastronomy, the arts, fashion, and culture. This bustling street’s reputation still hasn’t changed; if anything, it has only gotten better.
If your dream accommodations in Paris consist of living in an apartment near the Eiffel Tower while staying far from the noise and fanfare that frequent it, your best compromise is staying in rue Bosquet, rue Cler or along Champs de Mars. It is only 5 minutes from the Eiffel Tower and far from noise.