Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • How do you plan your trips?
  • Please help us learn by participating in a brief survey.
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Rome neighborhoods equivalent to arrondissements 6 and 7 in Paris?
  2. 2 Driving from Spain to Portugal - passport check?
  3. 3 Campervan in Croatia
  4. 4 Planning a solo trip mostly to France, advice please!
  5. 5 advance tickets?
  6. 6 Where to go...one month w/a one year old
  7. 7 English Gardens Itinerary Advice please
  8. 8 San Francisco retirees would like to move to Paris for a year- crazy idea?
  9. 9 Connection time of 1:25 in Zurich on flight from US. Enough time?
  10. 10 Reputable Apartment Company in Granada
  11. 11 What's the biggest mistake you made on a European trip?
  12. 12 Como Bus to Bellagio
  13. 13 Advice for 5 Weeks in the Nordic Countries
  14. 14 Trip Report Houses, Gardens & Walking in England
  15. 15 Neighborhood for Dubrovnik
  16. 16 Venice > Garda > Verona > Bologna thoughts
  17. 17 Aix en Provence Day Trips
  18. 18 Cell Phone Question
  19. 19 Reindeer Migration on NRK
  20. 20 Greek Islands (small)
  21. 21 Madrid Hotel; Europa, Preciados or Petit Palace Posada de Peine?
  22. 22 Specific phone service questions about Italy & Amsterdam
  23. 23 4 Days In Northern Italy advice
  24. 24 Help needed/wanted to central/east Europe
  25. 25 Train in Switzerland from Basel to Zermatt to Zurich
View next 25 » Back to the top

About the rue Cler

Jump to last reply

Some people think I'm excessively hard on the rue Cler, the tiny market street in Paris that Rick Steves so glowingly promotes in his books on the city. Well, here are two little videos: one that shows the awe-inspiring rue Cler, and one that shows a market street frequented by the Parisians themselves, the rue Montorgueil:

Here's the rue Cler (about two minutes):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdwbsMahz-I

And here's the rue Montorgueil (about 11 minutes):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L_qTTLvxKM

I don't know about you, but the rue Cler looks positively comatose to me. Even by the standards of other market streets in its category elsewhere in the city, it's unusually quiet. Plus, thanks to Rick, it is overrun by American tourists, which has corrupted the atmosphere of the street somewhat over the past few years.

In contrast, the rue Montorgueil is extremely animated, and most of the people there are Parisian, not tourists. Sure, it's a bit over-trendy and bobo these days, but at least it's interesting to visit, with lots of shops, food, and restaurants and cafés.

I recommend that visitors check out the rue Montorgueil rather than the rue Cler. But maybe these videos can help you judge for yourself whether I'm exaggerating or not.

69 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement