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Village Paris 7eme: rue Cler

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A January 2003 trip to Paris by metrogirl

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Quote: Rue Cler has been a pedestrian-only thoroughfare since 1984, which lends a intimate village feel to this treasured neighborhood. The "hard facts" you can read in most any travel book, but there is more to rue Cler than toursits usually see.

Village Paris 7eme: rue Cler

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Overview

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Rue Cler has been a pedestrian only thoroughfare since 1984, which adds to the village feel of this treasured neighborhood. These facts you can read in any travel book, but there is more to rue Cler to the discerning eye. When I made rue Cler my neighborhood years ago, it was after a long day of study and researching for my architectural thesis. I was really tired and discouraged on one particular winter evening as I exited the École Militaire Metro and trudged up avenue de la Motte Picquet. As I turned left on to rue Cler to get back to the hotel, what I saw surprised me. The streetscape was bursting with energy and ...Read More

La Serre

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Hotel | "Hotel La Serre"

La Serre Photo, Paris, France
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Due to Hotel LaSerre's location in the village-like area of rue Cler, it also becomes "your neighborhood" after a very short time. When I first stayed here five years ago, this hotel was quite tacky, though clean. Since then, all the rooms have been somewhat tastefully remodeled in 2002, so it has become quite popular. It is still not sumptuous, but it is still clean, friendly, inexpensive, and very safe. The cost is 65-80 euros during the low season for a single room, and 110 euros during the high season, with peteit dejuneur €6 extra. The elevator goes to all seven levels. Most rooms have a street-side view, which I love because you can people watch and observe all the daily activ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2004

La Serre
24, bis rue Cler
Paris, France 75007
01 47 05 52 33

Artisan Boulangerie

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Attraction

Artisan Boulangerie Photo, Paris, France
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The locals say that a baker cannot be good at both bread and pastries. Of the two boulangeries located on rue Cler, this is the one known to have the upper hand in the sweets department.

This boulangerie is well known among the village locals for their scrumptiously rich almond croissants. They are a delicious sticky, crunchy way to get your morning sugar rush. Go early as they are immensely popular & sell out fast.

During my visits in the warm months, I also found the outdoor cafe tables a great place to get an afternoon cafe and work on my watercolor sketches while my laundry was spinning clean in the Laverie (Laundromat) across the rue.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 11, 2004

Artisan Boulangerie
North West Corner of rue Cler & rue Grenelle
Paris, France

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Attraction

Paris Discount Photo, Paris, France
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The owners of the wine shop on rue Cler, Le Repair du Bacchus, directed me here as I was in search of an inexpensive corkscrew for my apartment (all of theirs were 25€!) Over the years, I have shopped at Paris Discount often for simple plates & coffee bowels, bone handled utensils for 1€ each, cutting knives, kitchen towels, water & wine glasses, buckets, mops, ironing boards, and even a bright parrot-green coffee pot as a gift to a new Parisian friend who taxied me around the peripherique. I still have several sets of inexpensive cutlery with black-colored bone handles that we use almost daily, and then going through the dishwasher daily. They still look new, elegant, and fabulous, and they still ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2004

Paris Discount
10 rue Champs de Mars
Paris, France

Librairie Cler

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Attraction | "Librarie Cler"

Librairie Cler Photo, Paris, France
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Here is where you will find the latest issue of the weekly Pariscope that will give you the run down on what events are going on in they city. If you want to take in a movie or play, you can see what is playing where and the times that they begin. This store is chock-full of periodicals, magazines, and newspapers, mostly in French, but they do carry a few English language editions of the NY Times and Time Magazine. I have purchased many of the French magazines at my local Chicago Borders for years like the beautifully photographed editions of Côté E`st, Côté Sud, Côté Ouest and Elle Décor. It is great to get the current copy at the regular price as US bookstores add a "import charge and the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2004

Librairie Cler
57, rue Cler
Paris, France

Boucherie Chevaline, Tarte Julie, Greek Resto

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Attraction | "Boucherie Chevaline to Tarte Julie to Greek Resto"

Boucherie Chevaline, Tarte Julie, Greek Resto Photo, Paris, France
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I included an entry on this shop more for its architectural and artistic significance than for its culinary merits. The first owner in the 1930s had spared no expense on what was at the time the epitome of marketing his product. The exterior décor of this tiny storefront is embellished with a lush glass mosaic that makes it stand out from its plainer sister shops on rue Cler. The exuberant text embedded in the stylized art of the glass mosaic advertises clearly defines the purpose of the merchant but does not shout. The message is stated in a nearly subliminal manner, but the art is too proud of itself as it is signed by the artist. When in the guise of Tarte Julie, this WAS a fav...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2004

Boucherie Chevaline, Tarte Julie, Greek Resto
28, rue Cler
Paris, France