Rick Steves’ Europe: Rue Cler, Paris, France

The “best little street in Paris” offers tasty cheese, delectable pastries & old-fashioned merchants - an irresistible slice of authentic neighborhood life

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Bicycle Outside Flower Stall

Bicycle outside flower stall Rue Cler Paris
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Whether one is seeking the perfect bunch of asparagus or fresh-cut flowers, rue Cler is a favorite haunt for Parisians in search of dinner -- or the good life in general.

Rue Cler, Seventh Arrondissement of Paris

Rue Cler seventh arrondissement of Paris
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Traffic-free since 1984, rue Cler is lined with all the essential shops -- wine, cheese, chocolate, bread -- as well as a bank and a post office. The shops are run by men and women who grew up on quiche and knew a good wine at an early age.

Parisian Cheese Shop

Parisian cheese shop
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The cheese shop contains a dazzling selection in every shape and size: wedges and cylinders, balls and mini hockey pucks, all powdered white, gray and burnt marshmallow -- it's a veritable festival of mold.

Rue Cler Locals Buying Produce

Rue Cler locals buying produce
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There's no better place to assemble a French picnic than rue Cler, where locals celebrate their culture and the good life.

Rue Cler, Paris, France

Rue Cler Paris France map
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The rue Cler, lined with little food shops, captures the art of Parisian living.

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