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Killing time of Rue Cler before dropping off our luggage

Hello, I was looking for recommendations as to where my family of 6 (3 adults & 3 children) should hang out while waiting for our luggage drop off at our apartment. Our flight gets in around 7:00 AM in early June, and the apartment owner is allowing us to drop off our luggage at 10:30 so that we can do some sightseeing. The address of the apartment is 25 Rue Augereau which, according to google map, is just a few minutes by foot to Rue Cler. I am planning on asking our taxi driver to drop us all off on that street (with our luggage) so that we can eat breakfast and just hang out until 10:30. Does anyone recommend where exactly the driver should let us out? I know Rue Cler is basically a pedestrian street, but I don't know how big of an area it is, and I don't want us to be dropped off too far from the address where our apartment is located - but we still want to be in a nice area that has good food and will allow us to enjoy ourselves for the several hours needed. Thank you so much for any help you can give me with this issue. Linda

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Rue Cler is slightly over a quarter mile long - it is not a very long street at all. You could have taxi drop you at the corner of Rue Cler and Avenue de la Motte-Picquet and you could walk the length of it, ending at Rue de Grenelle where you can take a left and walk a little less than 1/2 a mile to your hotel street. I suggest Google mapping your hotel address, then directions to rue Cler and you will se exactly what I mean :-). You won't be waiting "several hours" till 10:30 if your flight lands @ 7am. It will take about perhaps 90 minutes from landing to exiting to taxi rank to depart CDG, another hour into Paris depending on traffic. You migth have an hour to kill - perfect for breakfast :-)

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Lindah, Hotel de la Motte Picquet is located at one end of Rue Cler. That may be a good spot to be dropped off, then head down the street until you find a Cafe. Hopefully the weather will be pleasant & you all can enjoy sitting outside.

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Here's the Google Map for the area: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Rue+Cler,+75007+Paris,+France/25+Rue+Augereau,+75007+Paris,+France/@48.8566484,2.3047881,19z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x47e66fd8a428d99b:0x824c8275cb8ed19e!2m2!1d2.3059504!2d48.8577001!1m5!1m1!1s0x47e6702086d7bf81:0xb0543261b0ce56c5!2m2!1d2.3025608!2d48.8567243!3e2

I'm sure those who know that part of Paris will have suggestions. Just from the map it appears most of the cafes, restaurants, etc., are south of Rue de Grenelle, some also being south of Rue du Champs de Mars. Your apartment is near the intersection of Rue Augereau and Rue de Grenelle. I didn't check the hours of operation of the spots on Rue Cler; you'll need a place that's open for breakfast.

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I'd have both the address of your apartment AND the address of the intersection of Rue Cler and Rue de la Motte-Picquet typed out and taped to an index card to show the taxi driver. The reason I suggest both is that depending on your actual flight arrival time AND how long it takes to get thru Immigration plus a comfort stop you might be closer to the 1030 mark than you think. If you are leaving the airport at 915-9-30 I'd show the driver the address of your apartment. IF you get in on time (or early) and are out to the Taxi Rank by 8A or so, then show them the address of Rue Cler/Rue de la Motte-Picquet (adding in the numbers 75007).

There are plenty of restaurants down Rue Cler to get a nice breakfast.

After you drop your bags, I would walk over to the Eiffel Tower area.

BTW, you will stand in line at the taxi rank. When you get to the head of the line there will be a manager there so indicate to him you have 6 people. He will have you step aside and will call a van up to the front for you.

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Café Constant was at 139 Rue Saint-Dominique (near the Hotel Londres Eiffel at 1 Rue Augereau) but it closed in the fall of 2021 and was scheduled to reopen as Café Lignac (from chef Cyril Lignac) in November 2021. That should be really convenient for you.

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There are plenty of restaurants and shops along Rue Cler as well as on Av. de la Motte-Picquet, which is likely where you will be dropped off. We stayed at the Hotel du Cadran the last time we were there (March 2019) and I don't think you will have any trouble finding things to do for 2-3 hours.

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The suggestion to have these 2 drop off addresses on an index card to show the driver is a really good one. I remember that Language can sometimes be a big hindrance, for sure.

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To me the index card thing is just easier. Then you don't have to worry about getting a driver who doesn't speak much English and you don't have to fumble for the hotel address at the last minute. I'd go further and suggest you have one address on one side of the card and the other on the other side. I usually have this easily accessible in my small cross body bag I wear on the airplane. That way I don't have to think too much in a jet-lagged state, lol.

Too bad it will be morning because the wonderful gelato shop, Amorino doesn't usually open until afternoon, lol!

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You will have about an hour to pass, maybe 90 minutes. Go have breakfast at Cafe Lignac. I had breakfast at its predecessor every morning when I stayed at Hotel de Londres Eiffel and it was wonderful. It was in May and was never crowded but it is not a huge place so luggage for six people could be an issue if it is crowded. After breakfast, you will have a roughly 200 meter walk to your apartment.

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Also realize you'll need at least two taxis, depending on luggage, and they will get separated in traffic.

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For 6 people you should not need 2 taxis. There are vans that hold up to 7 people that are available at the airport.

If you have doubts, here is a general info link to the G7 taxi site which lists the kind of vehicles that are available if you summon them via the taxi app on the street. The vans would be available at the airport. I've seen them pick up larger groups while I've been waiting.

https://www.g7.fr/en/discover-our-services/large-taxi-monospace

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hey hey lindah
are you the head chef and best bottle washer planning this fabulous vacation for your gang? you have got it most together and no complaints from the "peanut gallery"
first trip was at rue cler, i liked it. bought stuff for breakfast and ate out lunch/dinner. loved the fruit, desserts and bread/best croissants. walked to eiffel tower with tickets to top, walked across street to small shop, bought champagne and owner gave us paper cups (ha ha), back to tower to celebrate with blinking tower lights and other tourists, laughed so much with our "dixie cups", a memory we will never forget
second time was further down near invalides. found a french restaurant, one too many glasses of wine and had the waiter feed me the best escargot, first time trying them. met daisey the poodle on a walk with dad, just moved from california to work at disneyland paris, dad and daisey looked like happy campers. fun night with more memories.
rue cler is not a big area, it was nice to see the parents/nannies walking the kids to school.
please do come back and tell us how vacation was.
aloha

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You shouldn't need two taxis. You just need a minivan.

As discussed on another thread recently (heck it might have been yours) taxis are fixed-rate between Paris and the airports - 58€ from CDG to the Left Bank where your hotel is dor up to four people, then 4€ each for each person more than 4. So 58 + 4 + 4 = €66

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There are lots of great places to eat breakfast along Rue Cler as well as adjoining streets. Our favorite thing to do is get fresh croissants and then hit the market on Rue Cler for the fresh-squeezed orange juice. We do the OJ every morning. You can't miss it.

Since you have an apartment you may have preset times to meet to take possession. We have found that our go-to hotel, if there is a clean room available, will go ahead and check us in, even at 8 am. Otherwise, they are happy to store our luggage until the room is ready.

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If vans normally hang out in the taxi queue, that's great. I'm betting you have to arrange for one in advance, hence my notice.

I had to wait for a taxi for quite a while at Gare de l'Est one night and it was all cars, except for a van that someone with kids had reserved in advance and pulled up in a separate area.

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"If vans normally hang out in the taxi queue, that's great. I'm betting you have to arrange for one in advance, hence my notice."

Yes, they do. There is a holding area for taxis and vans line up there as well. A train station does not have the volume that is coming out of CDG. The taxi line manager at the train station may have the ability to call for a van as well. At Gare du Nord they used to separate out larger groups as well. I have not taken a taxi from there in a number of years so have no recent observations of their "system" such as it is.