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Food around Rue Cler

We are staying in an apartment in the 7th near Rue Cler for a month this fall. We will be cooking some and dining out as well, especially for late lunches. Any recommendations for good local food markets and restaurants? Thanks.

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Rue Cler is nothing but food markets and restaurants;) Enjoy! it's a lovely neighborhood, near lots of attractions.

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Here is a really nice detailed description of each of the markets on Rue Cler plus some other markets nearby. Restaurants are a whole other thing. I fear many have suffered from the RS curse - mention it and they will come - in droves!

There is always La Varangue. Le Cafe de Mars is wonderful. You have a month - how fantastic! I hope to read about some of your finds!

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I got food poisoning from eating at Cafe de Marche on rue Cler and spent 3 days on the bathroom floor in 100+ heat. I know it can happen anywhere, but I will never eat there again.

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I really like both Cafe Constant and Les Cocottes. Neither take reservations, but if you arrive right before they start dinner service, you won't have to wait long. They are both quite popular.

The website http://parisbymouth.com has many restaurant suggestions and you can search by arrondisement.

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OMG Susan, what an awful way to spend time in Paris: 3 days on the bathroom floor in 100 degree heat!
I remember that summer. I wasn't there but remember that the heat killed a number of Parisians. Sounds like that restaurant on Rue Rick Steves almost killed you: one of those situations where your greatest fear is that you won't die and will have to keep on suffering.

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I've always found that the food as Cafe Roussillon is reasonably good. I usually end up there at least once on every visit to Paris. I also found a small Italian place called Il Grigio which I quite enjoyed. It's just around the corner to the left on Rue Grenelle.

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Hi Kent, yes that was the summer of 2003 when over 15,000 people died from the heat. That kind of heat and severe food poisoning is not the way to spend precious vacation days in Paris! And those were my last 3 days of my vacation... I had to go to the airport to come home still feeling awful. Luckily, I've been able to visit Paris many times since. And you're right, it did almost kill me. I know it can happen anywhere, but I'll never eat at Cafe de Marche again.

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Our family liked La Terrasse right near the Ecole Militarie metro stop. Cafe Central had a good breakfast.

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As others have said there are lots of restaurants on Rue Cler, but go all around that street and you will also find more restaurants. There are great little run restaurants on every corner, we could not begin to try half of them.

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LE P'tit Troquet was wonderful in both food and atmosphere. My fav. Cafe Constant was also very good. Both within a few blocks of Rue Cler. I also think it is unfair for a commentator to put blame on Cafe du Marche for their illness without proof when many thousands in Paris were sick with dehydration and heat stroke during that period. I have eaten there many times and have always found the food to be fresh and well prepared. People rely on this website for accurate information and valid opinion and accusing them of causing illness , and hurting their reputation without foundation, when a great portion of the city was sick and hurting is irresponsible and just not right.

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@Brian, it was food poisoning from food I ate at Cafe du Marche.

Telling people about my experience is not irresponsible. What I wrote is 100% accurate.

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As Joel mentioned above, I would also recommend La Terrasse. I dined there a couple of times when I was in Paris last year.

FWIW, I also had at least one meal at Cafe du Marche last July and had no problems at all (I've dined there on several occasions over the years, and never any issues with the food). It gets reasonably good reviews on Trip Advisor.

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Just to be clear - food poisoning symptoms can occur within an hour and as long as 10 days after ingesting depending on the contaminant. So it really is impossible to tell where the contaminant came from without comparing several people with a common food intake. Add to that the symptoms for heat stroke and/or exhaustion are very, very similar makes it extremely difficult to pinpoint the cause.

I am not saying Susan is wrong as I do not know whether Susan received confirmation or not from local medical professionals.

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There are many places to buy food on the Rue Cler as others have said...we love to buy a roasted chicken , go to Davoli, and Jouselin which is across the street and has fabulous food that they will even heat up for you.On Sunday morning they set up a buffet on the street...wonderful food.Also there is a tiny Chinese place that we love...you can pick from a multitude of items and they weigh your food...reasonable and very good...carryout or you can eat there.They have wonderful soups, and many different other items.You can get a little or a lot.There is a little grocery right beside the Hotel Champ de Mars for drinks and candies and clothes detergent etc.They even have frozen veggies .

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Just remember that at the north end of Rue Cler, by the church, is a Aux Merveilleux. Yes, it is a chain. It also has the most magical little meringue dessert balls every created by humanity.

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Thank you all, especially Christie for the link! We are already salivating.