Rue Cler

One of the best gourmet shopping markets (marchés) in Paris is on Rue Cler, the same area Julia Child shopped when she lived in Paris in the early 1950s.  What is interesting about Rue Cler is that many of the same shops Julia favored and frequented are still in operation today.  The added advantage of Rue Cler is that it is a pedestrian shopping area, so you can stroll peacefully from store to store.

One of my favorite stores is Jeusselin, which specializes in foie gras, and has been in business since 1929.  You can purchase fresh foie gras for cooking as well as foie gras that is ready to spread on toast or crackers.  You can also buy takeout for lunch. Options include sausages, cured meats, salads, cooked salmon, and other specialties such as beef bourguignon or blanquette de veau (depending upon availability).

Two of France’s great cheese shops, La Fromagerie and Marie-Anne Cantin (around the corner on Rue du Champs de Mars) are also located here, as are various restaurants, including the popular Tribeca and Café Central.  You can buy wine at Nicolas, or buy specialty epicerie items (including tea, spices, top quality jarred tuna, olive oils and vinegars, etc.) at L’Epicerie Fine (also around the corner on Rue du Champs de Mars).  Finally, if you want dessert there is a terrific gelato place with fruit, chocolate and other rich gelati at Amorino.

Don’t forget to browse through the selection of fresh fruit and vegetables displayed at the many produce stands that line the street.  If you want freshly shucked oysters, one of the best poissonneries is  on Rue Cler, and you can also find live lobsters and fresh scallops still in the shell.

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    Ugh, Paris… need to visit this city already!

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  1. By L’Epicerie Fine (Rive Gauche) on March 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    [...] around the corner from Rue Cler is one of the best small epicerie shops in Paris, where you can buy olive oils, vinegars, teas, [...]

  2. By Tribeca on March 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    [...] popular restaurant on Rue Cler offers one of the best dining values in Paris, as nearly all dishes are under an unbelievable 10 [...]

  3. By Amarino on March 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    [...] in various locations in the city, including in the Marais on Rue Vieille Du Temple, and on Rue Cler, the shops are small and most patrons buy to go for a walk outside.  You can also buy chocolate [...]

  4. By Jeusselin on March 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    [...] on Rue Cler, has specialized in serving the finest fresh foie gras since 1937.  Julia Child would have come [...]

  5. By Spring in Paris on April 5, 2010 at 2:07 am

    [...] way to experience and see the freshness of the season, is to visit one of the marches, such as on Rue Cler, Avenue President Wilson, Boulevard Raspail, or Rue [...]

  6. By Stuck In Paris — Top 10 Things to Do on April 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    [...] (marches) in Paris where you can buy the best and freshest produce, meats, seafood and flowers.  Rue Cler is a market that Julia Child would frequent and remains a top marche today.  Other great marches [...]

  7. By Paris in the Fall on September 5, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    [...] • Rue Cler (7th Arrondissement). One of the more fashionable markets where Julia Child shopped when she lived in Paris. Open Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday morning. Read more about Rue Cler here. [...]

  8. By Thanksgiving in Paris | Le Best of Paris on November 24, 2010 at 12:58 am

    [...] sprouts are all in season.  One of my favorite places to shop for my Thanksgiving feast is on Rue Cler, where Julia Child shopped and prepared for her Thanksgiving while she lived in Paris.  Jeusselin [...]

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