Reviews of Cafes on Rue Cler in Paris

Paris - Cafe du Marche on Rue Cler

Paris – Cafe du Marche on Rue Cler. Photo by Helene Segura

Who says good service and reasonable prices can’t be found in cafes on Rue Cler in Paris?

We walked in the wrong way at Café du Marche, but we were still made to feel welcome. After I butchered my opening French line, the waiter smiled and brought us English menus. The diners around us were happy and lively, so the atmosphere was festive. If you’re into people watching, the café is on a corner on Rue Cler, so there was plenty to take in. The food was very good for the price. It was a lovely, relaxing evening.

Le Petit Cler: 7 euros (almost $11) for the “cheese platter.” Photo by Helene Segura

Keep walking past…

This was our second trip to Paris, so we know that service with a smile is not an automatic there. Our first evening was spent at Cafe du Marche, and we had delicious food at a fair price (for Paris, anyway), and we had a very friendly waiter who took good care of us. So, when we headed to Le Petit Cler on the second night, we expected something similar. We were disappointed. Three slivers of cheese for seven euros, mediocre wine, ambivalent wait staff…and when we were getting ready to order more food, we were asked to leave to clear out a table. When I get kicked out of a place, it’s usually for having a raucous good time. Not in this case. Stick with Cafe du Marche.

Paris - Cafe Central on Rue Cler

Paris – Cafe Central on Rue Cler. Photo by Helene Segura

Great place to go after you get kicked out of Le Petit Cler

We were peeved and headed over to nearby Café Central and were ready to give attitude right back to any waiter. That wasn’t necessary. Our waitress was friendly and didn’t care that we were just ordering drinks and dessert (having eaten the first part of our meal at our previous stop before being asked to leave). We enjoyed the complimentary snacks which arrived with our drinks. We relaxed while we wrote out our postcards and people watched. I’m glad we ended our evening there.

After dining in the cafes on Rue Cler, it’s a short ten-minute stroll to see the Eiffel Tower lit up. Beautiful.

Bon appetit!

 
1 Comment
  • LivingOrderSA
    Posted at 13:49h, 02 October

    Sorry, subscribers! I accidentally published this a wee bit early. You’ll see it again in a few weeks. 🙂

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