What You Need to Know: Paris Neighborhood of Rue Cler
On a recent trip to Paris, I chose a hotel 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. The drive was a fabulous introduction to Paris; looping around the Place de la Concorde and over the Seine on our way.
The Hotel de L’Empereur Paris was perfectly located, very clean and nicely appointed with a beautiful shower room. Although the room was a little on the small side, we still had a king size bed which is always appreciated 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 and it was an easy 10 minute walk to Rue Cler. The Eiffel Tower was also walkable which was a real bonus. I love being able to walk and I really appreciated the quiet residential feel of this neighborhood, it felt safe.
I’d booked a table at the recommended Le Petite Cler for an early dinner. In Europe it’s always customary to book for lunch or dinner. So as soon as we checked in, we walked over to this charming neighborhood to have a peek. We were unfashionably early at 5:45 but on this sunny day it felt good to settle down and start enjoying Parisian life. All the outside tables were taken and quite frankly I prefer not to have a Gauloise drifting in my face when eating so we chose a table inside. Very cozy and intimate.
The block between Rue Bosquette and Rue de Grenelle is packed with bistro tables and people watchers oozing effortless French chic.
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 front of Tour Eiffel is Avenue Joseph Blvd., a gathering spot for all the tour buses. Hopping on and off a tour bus as it circles through four different routes around the city is definitely the lazy girls way to see Paris!
As we were just in Paris for a few days, we decided it was the perfect way to see as much of the city as possible. Plus it didn’t require too much mind space. Use the maps provided to pick a spot to hop on. When you see somewhere you want to explore more, then hop off. Another bus will be around soon to pick you up. 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 – 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’ll pay a premium to dine and shop in Rue Cler as it’s a well known tourist mecca. In no way does it detract from it’s charm!
Sites in 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!