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Where to stay in Paris? EASY Rue Cler!

Just arrived back in the states from a week long stay in Paris. We stayed on Rue Cler and it was PERFECT! So easy to walk out your front door and sit at a cafe or buy some lovely pastries, or fruit. Or call down from your window to your husband to come back with a baguette!

We have a one-year old and we went back to the hotel every afternoon for a nap. It was so nice to have right out the door a beautiful street with lots of things to see and places to sit and soak up culture while the other was in the room with the sleeping baby. Or to stay out late close to “home”.

I loved Rue Cler (and the Champ de Mars hotel specifically)!

If you are debating where to stay… look no further.

Posted by
4549 posts

Except ... Rick has made it so popular it's a little loved to death, and not all that different from other "cute" streets in the city

Posted by
2764 posts

Oh yes, Rick is responsible for the fact that there are no locals on the street. After all it’s tourists , that keep all those grocery stores, butchers, etc.in business

we’re all out buying steaks to cook in our hotel room at night.😂

Posted by
4010 posts

Except ... Rick has made it so popular it's a little loved to death, and not all that different from other "cute" streets in the city

Bingo. That’s why we stay away from Rue Cler & prefer the 5th arr. We enjoy the Rue Mouffetard neighborhood & its markets.

Posted by
1957 posts

The good thing with RS's recommendations is that the bakers, grocers and other businesses on rue Cler have made enormous progress in English :))

Posted by
5042 posts

Glad you enjoyed your stay there, but seriously, one can find the same ambiance in just about every area in central Paris. We prefer the 5th. It has a great vibe, tons of shops and cafés, and proximity to the Luxembourg gardens. A chaque son goût.

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I love staying on the Rue Cler or within a block or two. Unless things have changed a lot since my last visit (2 years ago), there is a "nursery" school on the block with parents/nannies coming and going a couple of times a day. Usually there are many people with wheeled baskets doing their shopping or on bikes collecting their daily baguettes. I have had many conversations with people who do actually live there and I have always felt welcome. It just has felt good to me since my first Paris stay in 1997, my first trip to France. And yes, I have stayed in other areas. I just prefer Rue Cler. (and especially Hotel du Champ de Mars!) I'm happy you enjoyed your stay cowellbrandy.

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It had been a while since the previous "rue Cler" debate 😂. OP, I'm glad you had a good time there! My main "gripe" with it is the poor transportation (relative to other parts of Paris); it takes 30 minutes to reach anywhere that's not the Eiffel Tower or the Invalides (although buses can help if you're lucky).
But yes, it is a very "Parisian" street that still manages to be reasonably authentic (whatever that means) despite the high concentration of hotels, it is quiet, and there is a good selection of restaurants in the vicinity.

Posted by
9774 posts

I'm like Balso. Whenever I have to go over to the rue Cler area, I groan a bit, because it takes relatively long to get there. But to each his/her own.

Posted by
2576 posts

Rue Cler is very charming, but so are many other areas of Paris which have the added advantage of having much easier transportation options. If you go to Paris to meet other Americans, rue Cler will be perfect for you.

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I agree. The Hotel Champ de Mars is perfect for the solo traveler. They are upgrading the rooms and the upstairs rooms are lovely -- they even have USB ports. The neighborhood is full of families, and frankly it just looks like the Paris I always dreamed about. I have also stayed in the 1st and the 15th.