Paris - Rue Cler vs Rue Mouffetard

Old Feb 13th, 2007, 11:54 AM
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Paris - Rue Cler vs Rue Mouffetard

We will be spending only 3 days in Paris, so have limited time to explore street markets. We only have time to explore one of these wonderful street markets. Where would you recomend we spend a morning at the Rue Cler or Rue Mouffetard ? Which is more interesting from point of view of food availabilty, typical Parisian style street scene ambience and daily life ,cafe atmosphere and local culture?
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Old Feb 13th, 2007, 12:13 PM
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Hands down, no question, rue Mouffetard.
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Old Feb 13th, 2007, 12:18 PM
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Another vote for Rue Mouff! Rue Cler seemed more upscale, more polished, more patronized by tourists than the Mouffetard market.
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Old Feb 13th, 2007, 12:25 PM
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Rue Mouffetard. You can even join in the sing-along on Sundays (around mid-day). Very busy on Sundays but fun.

Rue Cler has changed since we first visited it in 1995. Altho, there are still some shops (cheese, wine, produce, flowers), there are lot more restaurants and take-outs.
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Old Feb 13th, 2007, 12:44 PM
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Rue Cler isn't really a market at all, though some shops have displays outside on the street. If you want a real market, your choice between these two is Rue Mouffetard. I like the Saxe-Bretheuil way better than the Mouffetard, though.
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Old Feb 13th, 2007, 12:47 PM
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Someone mentioned that Rue Mouffetard is open on Sundays. Would you know what time it closes on Sunday?
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Old Feb 13th, 2007, 12:51 PM
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Here's a website with info about Paris markets:

http://www.v1.paris.fr/EN/Living/markets/markets.asp
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I might also make a detour off of blvd St Germain to see the Rue Buci market.

I have found, in the two or three times that I have seen them that farmers markets are also very interesting. The only appear certain days of the week, and give you a real nice slice of parisian life. I know there is one in front of the Mairie of the 4th arr. on Sat, I also went to one in 16th (probably too far for you) on a Saturday , near Michelange-Auteuil metro.

Others here can help with days and locations.

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Old Feb 14th, 2007, 03:44 AM
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Also, know that there are market streets and then there are street markets. Rue Cler and Rue Mouffetard are both market streets with many permanent shops. Monge Market at Place Monge is a street market where temporary booths are set up by people selling their wares. Both options are fun and if you go to Monge Market on Wed or Sun you can walk to Rue Mouffetard at the same time.
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Old Feb 14th, 2007, 03:55 AM
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I would definitely say rue Mouffetard. As amwosu noted, you can visit the market at Place Monge, and you are not far from the Panthéon. There a a number of charming little streets that run into rue Mouffetard.
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Old Feb 14th, 2007, 04:07 AM
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As a local, I'd say none of these, as both have become very touristy. For a glimpse of (Parisian) real life, I'd pick a street in non-central arrondissement : rue Daguerre (14th), rue du Commerce (15th), rue de Lévis (17th), rue Lepic, rue des Abbesses (18th), rue des Martyrs (9th).
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Old Feb 14th, 2007, 04:17 AM
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I agree, Trudaine, but in three days, those might be a little too far off the beaten track.
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Old Feb 14th, 2007, 05:11 AM
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...hope they stay that way, too...
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Old Feb 14th, 2007, 05:36 AM
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Toupary, Travelnut,

Too late...

Concerning the future new rue Rick Steeves, see :http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...stcards10.html
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I like the distinction St Cirq made between market streets and street markets. Both of your choices are market street and not nearly as interesting as some of the real street markets.

Depending on what your 3 days are I'd chose

Saxe -Breteuil..Thus and Sat..it's practically in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower..Metro Segur or Sevres Lecourbe

Richard Lenoir...Thus and Sundays..right at Pl. Bastille Metro Bastille

Monge..Wed ,Fri and Sun metro Place Monge

Pres. Wilson..Wed and Sat Metro Alma Marceau or Iena



A not too far out of the way daily market is Aligre..Metro Ledru Rollin

also the Passy market in the 16th is daily and it is in nice area to explore
Metro- La Muette

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Old Feb 14th, 2007, 06:56 AM
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Well, that article is full of holes. Saint Germain des Prees(sic) is now on the Right Bank! Peret "brasserie" is not a brasserie at all, it's a wine bar and restaurant. And rue Daguerre is...boring...
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I have some questions for Trudaine.

My wife and I will be in paris in May. Can you give me a little more specific location information for these recommendations (Metro stop, cross- streets, etc.)?

Also, are they all real street markets (rather than market streets)? Are they good places to buy picnic food (cheese as well as fruits and vegetables)?

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Trudaine wrote:
"...rue Daguerre (14th), rue du Commerce (15th), rue de Lévis (17th), rue Lepic, rue des Abbesses (18th), rue des Martyrs (9th)."
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Thanks.
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I think Poncelet was missed..could do it along with Levis..then Parc Monceau....
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The Saxe-Breteuil market is wonderful and it's not that far from Rue Cler.

Enjoy!

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Old Mar 28th, 2007, 12:35 PM
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Are you hoping to see a street market or a market street? Mouffetard and Rue Cler are market streets. RUe Mouffatard is a little livelier with a younger crowd. Rue Cler is quieter and has more of a conservative feel. I like them both but prefer Mouffetard for good eating places. I really like the street market at the Bastille then a walk along the canal or the elevated parkway.
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