Starting Point: Corner of Avenue de la Motte Piquet and Avenue Bosquet
Metro Station: Ecole Militaire
Walking Time: 1.5 hours
Rue Cler is the kind of street you hope to find when you are looking for a pedestrian market street with cafés, specialty food stores and some delicacies for that picnic basket.
From the Ecole Militaire metro station, walk east on Avenue de la Motte Picquet, away from the Ecole Militaire. The first street on the left is Rue Cler.
On the corner of Rue Cler and Avenue de la Motte Piquet is a post office where you can mail off those postcards you've been carrying.
Rue Cler is a pedestrian street with a variety small shops specializing in cheeses and wine, boulangeries (bakeries), produce shops and traiteurs (caterers) where you can get prepared foods, ready to take away for a picnic, or for sitting at the sidewalk tables provided.
On the right, east side, of the street are book stores and newspaper stands. They usually have some bargains offered in the way of art and cookbooks.
The street is bright with flower shops and produce stands. Here, the produce sellers shout out their specials of the day.
If you're a cheese lover, don't miss the cheese shop on the right before you reach rue de Grenelle.
Next-door to it is a really delightful hotel, the Grand Leveque. This hotel has a well deserved reputation for friendliness, clean rooms and bargain prices.
Continue on down rue Cler until you reach rue de Grenelle. Turn right and continue past some very picturesque shops.
On the right, you will come up to the Church of St. John and an annex to the American University in Paris. Continue on just a few more blocks and you will come to Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg.
Here is the metro station La Tour Mabourg on line #8.
Cross the street and enter the Esplanade des Invalides and treat yourself to one of the great views of Paris.
With the Hôtel des Invalides, behind you, gaze down the vast expanse of the Esplanade and across the bridge Pont Alexander III. On the other side of the river is the imposing structure of the Grand Palais with its newly renovated glass roof. Opposite the Grand Palais is the Petit Palais.
Crossing this bridge and walking the few short blocks will bring you to the Avenue des Champs-Elysées.
Where the Esplanade des Invalides meets the Seine river at Quai d'Orsay you will find the RER station Invalides on line C in front of the Air France building.
Hotels in the Area
On the Left Bank of Paris, in the residential quarter of Invalides, just a few steps from the Eiffel Tower, the Champ de Mars and the Champs-Elysées, this is a well located hotel. You are just around the corner from Rue Cler, one of the most picturesque market streets in Paris. Many shops and restaurants nearby and very close to the metro.
Best Western Premier Eiffel Park Hotel 17 bis rue Amélie 75007 3 Star
Situated halfway between the Eiffel Tower and the Invalides, five minutes from the UNESCO building, the Eiffel Park hotel is a heaven of peace and relaxation with a cosy Art Deco decor. Close to many shops and restaurants,bakeries and the metro, this hotel is a great place to stay.
Duquesne Eiffel 23, Avenue Duquesne 75007 3 Stars
Serving discerning travellers for business or leisure, this newly renovated 18th century building in the heart of Paris offers 40 elegant rooms. A sophisticated collection of in-room amenities will keep you comfortable throughout your stay : Air conditioning, electronic door locks, telephone with Internet access, automatic alarm clock, private safe, Minibar, international Cable channels, a choice of in-house movies, marble bathroom with hairdryer and laundry service.
Best Western Tour Eiffel Invalides 35, Boulevard de la tour Maubourg 75007 3 Stars
This is a wonderful area bordering on the Esplanade des Invalides, this beautifully presented hotel, totally air-conditioned, boasts a small inner garden and 30 rooms attractively decorated. The metro is nearby and a large array of shop, restaurants and brasseries.
Derby Alma 8, Avenue Rapp 75007 4 Stars
A short very short walk to the Eiffel Tower, this hotel is very well located. Many fine restaurants are in the area and toe RER line and nearby metro make this a great base for your excursions around Paris
Alma "32, rue de l'exposition" 75007 3 Stars
Hotel de l'Alma offers you an ideal location in the heart of the 7th arrondissement next to the Eiffel Tower. a very picturesque area, lots of shops, near the metro. 32 fully renovated rooms with modern facilities, first class service.
Le Tourville 16, avenue de Tourville 75007 4 stars
The softly lit lobby, with dark green walls and white columns, plump sofas and hassocks around a coffe table is French manor-house comfortable"" (Food and Wine). One could definitely move and settle in.
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