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Just south & east of the Eiffel Tower, stroll Rue Cler, between Rue de la Motte Picquet & Rue de Grenelle. This cobblestoned street is ecclectic, with chocolate, cheese, wine & meat shops rubbing shoulders with a flower stand & cafes. Charming!
Located in the 7th arrondissement on the left bank of the Seine, rue Cler is just blocks away from the Eiffel Tower and Invalides and is a true Parisian market street. Traffic free since 1984, the shops that line this picturesque cobblestoned street overflow onto the sidewalk and street . There are flower shops and bakeries, as well as chocolate, wine, and cheese shops, along with restaurants, hotels, a bank and post office - everything you need to survive. The Denis Auvray Bakery (45 rue Cler) is a great place to buy baguettes, pastries, and sandwiches on the run or for a picnic. The Grand Hotel Leveque (29 rue Cler) is a bargain and streetside rooms are a great vantage point for watching the life on this busy street.
There are a number of good market cafe's. The Cafe du Marche is always a good bet as is Tribeca just next door. The clientele are for the most part local Parisiens with many tourists. Usually busy, food is very fresh, well presented and service is good unless the place is really swamped.
A short walk to the Champ de Mars the rue Cler is a perfect place to gather up a picnic lunch for ameal under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
There is a Post Office at the top of the street and plenty of shops on the side streets branching off the Rue Cler.