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2 of 5 bubbles Review of Rue Cler

Rue Cler
Ranked #90 of 1,098 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: This lively cobblestone street effectively preserves the ambience of Paris of old and is home to countless small shops.
College Station, Texas, United States
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13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

This area is recommended by Rick Steves, which is why I thought it would be a good idea. I personally thought it was extremely overrated. Spend time elsewhere.

Visited June 2013
4 Thank Rachelle M
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Meh, just another touristy area.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

Rick Steves waxes poetic about this area so we had to go visit it. It's interesting but, like his other recommendations, has gotten overrun by tourists. The cafe's all seem to have English menus and we had a mediocre meal in one of them. The various shops are nice but nothing unique - you can see similar all over Paris. There are plenty of "undiscovered" streets in Paris that are just as charming and aren't catering to the tourist trade. I like the areas around the Marche Enfants Rouge and Canal St Martin, for example.

Visited October 2013
4 Thank Phil_from_Seattle
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new york
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113 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, but food is the main event here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Lovely pedestrian street, filled with food shops and food stalls, the oyster man was there last week with an incredible assortment of oysters, something to see!
The fruits and vegetables are spectacular and the meats and cheeses are wonderful!
Really wonderful place to take a nice walk and to enjoy the wonderful French atmosphere.
Stop in one of the restaurants or cafes for a great meal.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank TessieNewYork
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fun foodie street”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Yes, this is a popular place for tourists, especially during peak months and yes, it is expensive, but it's still worth a visit, especially if you go on a weekday. NOTHING much in Paris is open before 10am-noon on Sundays so forget going early on Sunday. Saturday is the main shopping day for Parisians, so it will be very crowded then. BUT this is an excellent, low key (no real picturesque buildings, just real people shopping) pedestrian area for browsing in cheese shops, honey products stores (don't miss the one with bees flying around inside - they won't sting you), regular groceries (at the FranPrix on a side street), bakeries and many cafes. You can stock up on goodies for your hotel breakfast or for a picnic. This is located in a very upscale neighborhood so it's great for people-watching. Some waiters are a bit surly (well, this is Paris) but the shopkeepers are very friendly. Not sure which cheese to try? They'll give you a sliver to taste - just ask! (Most shops can handle some English.) Most stores close by 7:30-8:00 pm.

Visited October 2013
3 Thank AJ R
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Wait until lunch before you go”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

Don't go early and when I mean early nothing before 12pm. We went on a Sunday at about 10.30am thinking it would be bustling with Parisians doing their shopping. There was hardly anyone there so we sat in a cafe for an hour before things picked up a bit. Maybe this is because it was a weekend??? It 's better when the street is full of people than not and the reason for this is it makes you walk a bit slower and more likely to stop and look at things. The street isn't any longer than about 300m and it's easy to walk through it in about 5 min and wonder what all the fuss is about. From what I have read online and in travel books the market street sounded marvelous but it's a bit of a let down. At least it's one thing marked off on my long list of things to do in Paris. Do check out the Italian Deli though.....yummy!

Visited October 2013
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