Rue Cler Market

Old Apr 17th, 2006, 03:48 AM
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Keep in mind that, due to the tourists and the fact it is the 7th arrondissement, prices are double to quadruple the prices of a normal street market in a working class neighborhood.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 03:54 AM
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One year staying at the Muguet we enjoyed going to rue Cler Cafe Marche for our coffee and newspaper. One morning it was really fun to see a group of young mothers pull up their children's strollers to an outdoor table and have a cafe klatsch. Another time I got a WONDERful picture of two dear children intheir double stroller while their mothers shopped. It is a French market street and charming. Food store owners start setting up 7ish, with meat deliverers hoisting half carcasses of meat on their shoulder to go into the butcher shop.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 04:21 AM
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Was there last week. Food shops open early. Stores about 9AM. Good place for b'fast. An excellent backery..can't miss it. Also a Mephisto shoe store with last years styles on sale.
Rue Moufftard is a much better market street.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 06:20 AM
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And a hole in the wall luggage store if your souvenirs overflow your luggage.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 06:26 AM
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kerouac, I'm hoping you are saying the prices for the restaurants and not the food prices in the stores? Surely you don't mean to imply that the meat markets there charge double what the same stores charge elsewhere, or that cheese in one of the chain cheese stores is double priced from their branches in the other market streets? Surely, you don't expect us to believe that!
 
Old Apr 17th, 2006, 06:48 AM
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I expect you to believe it about the fruit, vegetables, cheese and meat, yes. Visit, for example, the Marché Aligre in the 12th, the Marché Barbès in the 10th/18th or the Marché de Belleville in the 11th/19th/20th, to name just three. If you prefer, I will go to my local market on rue L'Olive in the 18th and give you sample prices for any common items. The last time I was in rue Cler, I was shocked to see cucumbers for 1.75 when I had just bought identical ones near home for 0.60 and tomatoes for 2 euros a kilo when they cost 1 euro for 2 kilos in my neighborhood.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 06:56 AM
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Hmmm...it appears that the "Rick Steves Effect" is real (that, and the Law of Supply and Demand).
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 07:17 AM
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It would certainly explain why so many tourists claim that Paris is so expensive yet so many poor people manage to live there. I have always found Paris to be one of the cheaper capitals of Europe, but I prefer to stay in what some consider to be the squalor of the 10th arr.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 07:28 AM
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As cheap as Rick is, I doubt he would pay a 300% mark up for anything! Let's not get carried away with these wild price statements.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 07:53 AM
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Absolutely. Let's hear some rue Cler prices and compare.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 08:08 AM
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I have to admit that despite living for 3 years in Paris, I'd never heard of Rue Cler until I came across this board and kept reading about it! My Parisian husband had never heard of it either.

The best known market streets to me are rues Mouffetard, Montorgueil, Daguerre and Lepic. I used to shop on rue Lepic all the time as I lived very close. I probably wouldn't have made a special trip across Paris to go there, though.

Incidentally, it makes sense to me that prices would be higher on Rue Cler given that it's in the posh, pricey 7th arrondissement. Even the prices in some Monoprix stores vary depending on the arrondissement - for example, certain food items used to be more expensive in the bourgeois suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux, where I first lived in Paris, than in the Monoprix near my 2nd flat near Place Blanche in the 9th.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 08:15 AM
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hanl, good point, but not 300% across the board, right?
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 08:25 AM
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Now that's a reasonable assessment. But let's be honest here. Not many tourists buy a side of beef or for that matter lots of fruit and vegetables. The idea that Rue Cler seems to exist for the benefit of tourists is more than a little silly. The statement that prices are likely to be higher considering its "upscale neighborhood makes a lot more sense that a statement like "Keep in mind that, due to the tourists and the fact it is the 7th arrondissement, prices are double to quadruple the prices of a normal street market in a working class neighborhood". Quadruple? How would any place stay in business? And we all know that prices on a once or twice a week "farmer's type" street market are certainly likely to be lower than at any of the permanent shop type street markets. Don't we?
 
Old Apr 17th, 2006, 08:41 AM
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These places stay in business for one simple reason -- they are in a neighborhood where people do not have to ask the price before paying. And I am not saying that they are necessarily being dishonest merchants. The rent they pay to have a shop in the 7th arrondissement is already at least double the price to have a shop in other neighborhoods. They also have to throw many more unsold products away, because selling anything that is not perfect is out of the question. All of this comes at a price.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 08:53 AM
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Please don't tell me a "socialism is so much better" statement will soon emerge!
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 09:28 AM
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Guys, lighten up!! I asked for the hours because my hotel is about a block away and instead of having an overpriced breakfast at the hotel I figured I would stroll to Rue Cler for a cup of coffee and crepe. Kerouac, I'm not going to take a 40 minute subway ride to save 50 cents on a cucumber! Neopolitan, why use google when the answers I get here are usually so much more interesting? I can hardly wait to see the answers to my next question on train travel!
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 09:32 AM
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I certainly hope not. I am completely in favor of people paying as much as possible -- as I also recently said on a post concerning saving money by booking directly with the SNCF rather than booking through Rail Europe. It is extremely beneficial for large numbers of people if people continue to pay huge sums of money for totally ordinary items. That's something I learned in economics at USC.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 09:36 AM
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Why use Google? I agree the answers you get without are more interesting, but I thought you might also want to know what you asked!
 
Old Apr 17th, 2006, 09:37 AM
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Kerouac, my BA in Economics is from SUNY Stony Brook, NY.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 11:06 AM
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"..And we all know that prices on a once or twice a week "farmer's type" street market are certainly likely to be lower than at any of the permanent shop type street markets..."

- rue Cler IS a permanent shop-type street; it is NOT a once-twice a week farmer's market

..and really, what is wrong with staying near there and shopping there? It isn't "Epcot" - it's an actual street with real merchants, just like those other market streets mentioned above, no more no less.

Now, while you're there, if you have a chance to go to the "street market" on avenue Saxe-Breuteuil, that is more like the 'farmers mkt' atmosphere.
http://www.parismarkets.net/Saxe-Breteuil.html
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