It’s the only place where chic Parisians will buy their local produce—often in quaint wicker baskets. While Paris might be located several hours from the coast, the street is particularly famous for its fresh seafood.
The area has historically been associated with the French nobility, historic mansions home to elite businesses, and government ministries at every turn.
And so it’s no surprise that the fresh produce is reputed for its impeccable quality, given the history of its bourgeois clientele. It’s the “Paradise of Parisian food,” and has always been fit for royalty.
Each shop and stall on this market street has spent decades, if not centuries, working up a reputation in one food specialty. The brioche from Pralus is said to be the best in the block, and queues for cheese at La Fermette Fromagerie are always long, a sign of popularity.
A top tip is to let the cheesemonger know when you plan to eat the cheese, so that they can select your Camembert or St. Felicien to the correct ripeness.
There are even places that have mastered the art of making honey such as Famille Mary, or in serving roasted chicken which you can find at Darius Rotisserie. As far as fresh fruit and vegetables are concerned, there is plenty of choice from Martine Lambert.
Rue Cler is well-loved not only for its authentic gastronomic treasures, but also because it is convenient. The stalls are open on Sunday mornings, which is a rare luxury in Paris, and so is often the go-to place to shop for a traditional Sunday lunch.
It’s local tradition to attend mass at St. Pierre du Gros Caillou on rue de Grenelle, then head to rue Cler for a snack afterward.
There’s also Mariage Frères, a legendary tea brand that has been serving faithful customers since 1854. It claims to offer some of the highest quality tea in Europe, and their tastes range from classic green teas to sweet floral blends from the most obscure of sources.
It’s one of the best chocolatiers, whose large model of a chocolate eclair sitting out front as a bench makes for a hilarious photo opp.