On a recent trip to Paris, I chose a neighborhood near Rue Cler in the 7th arrondissement for our base. We arrived in Paris via Eurostar and took a taxi from Gare du Nord to the hotel. What a lovely introduction to Paris, driving around the Place de la Concorde and over the Seine.
My decision was driven as much by the hotel I picked after long hours of searching online. The Hotel de L’Empereur Paris was perfectly located, very clean and nicely appointed with a beautiful shower room. Although the room was smallish, we had a king size bed which is always lovely when you’ve been on your feet all day! This delightful hotel can be found at 2 Rue Chevert, right on the corner of Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg.
We had a gorgeous view of the Hotel des Invalides across the way, were about a 10 minute walk to Rue Cler and perhaps 20 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. I really appreciated the quiet residential feel of this neighborhood and it felt safe and very walkable.
I’d booked a table at Le Petite Cler for an early dinner. As it was gorgeous sunny day we walked over and were pleasantly surprised at how charming this street was. As it turns out I needn’t have booked a table as we were unfashionably early at 5:45. We chose a table inside, as all the outside tables were taken and quite frankly I prefer not to have a Gauloise drifting in my face when eating! Smoking is still very courant on the streets of Paris.
Rue Cler is the epitome of what you would expect of a delightful Parisian neighborhood.
The block between Rue Bosquette and Rue de Grenelle is packed with bistros filled with people watchers and oozing charm. If you venture further afield you’ll also discover little shops on the neighboring streets. Simply walk down Rue de Grenelle heading east, the park Champ de Mars will appear before you and voila La Tour Eiffel! There is no lovelier time of day than near sunset, unless you want to hang out and wait for the lights to come on. The park itself isn’t the nicest and was packed with people, but stunning views of this iconic tower are worth it.
Splitting the park in the center is Avenue Joseph Blvd., a gathering spot for all the tour buses. If you’re interested, you can see all of Paris by hopping on and off a tour bus as it circles through four different routes around the city. For the few days we were there, we decided it was the easiest way to see the city and didn’t require too much mind space. The one we tried was L’Open Tour and we loved the freedom it gave us from figuring out how to get from point A to B!
A few of the restaurants we tried on Rue Cler – not exceptional but perfectly Parisian:
- Cafe Roussillon 186 Rue de Grenelle 75007
- Le Petit Cler 29 Rue Cler 75007 –
- Cafe Central 40 Rue Cler 75007
Keep in mind you will pay a premium to dine and shop in Rue Cler as it’s a well known tourist mecca, which doesn’t detract from it’s charm!
Sites within walking distance to Rue Cler in the 7th arrondisement:
Complete listing of all markets, stores and restaurants on this famous market street. If you’re looking for the quintessentially Parisian weekend, you’ll love staying and eating near Rue Cler!
If you’d like more details on our itinerary and how I planned this trip, grab the trip planner here!