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Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

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Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

Which of these areas would you rather stay in and why? We're trying to decide.

Thanks.

Sue

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1. Re: Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

We stay at a hotel on the rue Jacob for the location, the various restaurants close by, the cafes in the area, and of course, the hotel itself. We can spend 10 days there and only need the Metro for Montmartre and the train for Giverny. Otherwise we walk.

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2. Re: Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

I would also say Rue Jacob, since it's in the 6th, and it's a lively area.

I haven't yet stayed in the 7th, and people are very divided on it. Did you read the recent thread "What is wrong with the 7th arrondissement"? You can get some pros and cons for the rue Cler area if you wish. Some love it because it's peaceful and a little bit back from all the sites - some find it overly so. Just a matter of preference.

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3. Re: Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

Rue Jacob. Great central location, great pulse, very charming.

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4. Re: Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

Rue du Bac, to see the wealthy but ever so discrete bourgeois, also because it goes right by the Bon Marche---an oxymoron for sure--and, nearly across the street, the chapelle where Ste Catherine Labouree is forever resting. A unique sight, even for non-Christians.

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5. Re: Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

The rue du Bac is very nice, and unusually free of tourists. It runs through a nice part of Paris and has many interesting shops. The rue Jacob is not hugely interesting but it's in close proximity to interesting parts of the Latin Quarter.

The rue Cler is famous only because Rick Steves hypes it (for reasons unknown).

Rue du Bac (the entire street):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsT-h-QmIYY

Rue Cler (the market street portion):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdwbsMahz-I

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6. Re: Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

Definitely r. Jacob. It's infinitely more interesting than r. Cler which IMHO isn't very interesting at all.

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7. Re: Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

Rue Jacob or rue du Bac close to Seine are closer to main sights and in a busier area. And the market street rue Cler in a quieter location, especially at night.

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8. Re: Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

There's a Rue du Bac and a Rue de Buci ? Are they both nice? Both in the same area?

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9. Re: Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

I have stayed near Rue Buci on Rue Dauphine, , its a great fun central area, loved it and would stay in area again. Tons of cafes, bistros, shops, markets , and metro stations within easy walk.

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10. Re: Rue Cler area or Rue de Bac/Jacob?

1) Yes

2) A bit different, but nice (rue de Buci being more lively - which can be read as positive or negative)

3) Roughly, yes

(I was replying to the questions in post #8) - and, BTW, I 'vote' for rue Jacob rather than rue Clerc area

Edited: 17 February 2012, 22:08