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Left Bank (Rive Gauche)

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Address: Paris, France
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The section of Paris south of the River Seine.
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a large and lively section of Paris encompassing the 5,6 and 7 arrondissement

It is great to walk there. It is one of the warmest and most interesting part of Paris, with many shops, cafes and restaurants, street, the Seine, theaters and cinemas, schools... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

It is great to walk there. It is one of the warmest and most interesting part of Paris, with many shops, cafes and restaurants, street, the Seine, theaters and cinemas, schools and universities. This part of Paris is busy all year round, and days and night. It is extremely well served by public transport, and can be visited by foot,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The Left Bank signifies the area south of the Seine River. It is smaller than the Right Bank and encompasses arrondissements 5, 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15. One of its most famous areas is the Latin Quarter (the 5th and part of the 6th), which is filled with students by the Sorbonne and other higher-education institutions, book sellers and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

A leisurely wander through the streets of the left bank will satisfy all those romantic dreams of what you perceive Paris to be. Start at the Notre Dame, cross the bridge south and lose yourself in the network of narrow streets. The left bank refers to the areas south of the Seine which includes the 5th & 6th arrondissements and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The city of Paris has always been a long time dream of mine. Love to walk through the streets of the Left Bank and along the Seine, the shops , artist and history of Paris is captivating.I want to return as often as possible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

No trip to Paris would be complete without a few Walking visits to the Left Bank. This is the very interesting neighborhood on the other side of the River Seine from Notre Dame Cathedral. It's a lovely area to eat, drink, walk, shop, or buy a book or painting. Make sure you cross over the Seine at every bridge, to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The Left Bank in Paris refers to the neighbourhoods south of the River Seine. The River flows westward, so all districts to the left of River (with respect to the direction of flow) are referred to as the Left ank. Areas like Saint Germain, Saint Michel, the Latin Quarter, etc are all in the Left Bank. The Left Bank has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

First Weekend december is my best time to visit Paris. I love to stay at Hotel Saint Grégoire (too bad I could not convince the charming manager Francois to keep on longer than november next year), Close to the refined Bon Marché department store. They did finally finish remodelling the immense Food department, just taking a look wets the appetite.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Paris' Rive Gauche, especially the Latin Quarter, is the best of the best in the City of Lights. Tiny cafes, colorful people, sidewalk musicians, wonderfully inexpensive meals, casual dining without the expensive frills. The Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) is what you go to Paris for. Above all, it's safe and romantic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We wandered along the left bank, i.e. the south side of the Seine river in the Latin quarter. We passed many booksellers each with their own lock up display. Exploring away from the river we wandered down small cobbled streets, stopping for coffee and then lunch. An area not to be missed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The left bank also known as the Latin Quarter is the southern bank of the river Seine which is to the left. Its the Paris of writers, philosophers and artists. Although I prefer the right side its worth a wander for some of the narrow Paris streets as well as the wide boulevards, however unfortunately the shops and restaurants there... More 

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