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Left Bank (Rive Gauche)

Address: Paris, France (Gobelins)
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Ranked #91 of 637 Attractions in Paris
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The section of Paris south of the River Seine.
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Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The section of Paris south of the River Seine.
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Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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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Halifax, Canada
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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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United Kingdom
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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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Tortona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The left bank or as the French call it "the rive gouche," is nothing more than the left side of the city, everything looks out on the left side of the river Seine. I can not say which of the two sides of the city is better being a purely objective assessment. There is much to admire and perhaps even... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Visiting Paris in 2013 I decided to do the left bank on foot. La Rive Gauche is situated on the south bank of the river Seine. I started my walk from Eiffel Tower on the left bank of the river, observing many famous sights as possible in a day and finishing in the Latin Quarter: one can't fail to spot... More 

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Ontario Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

La Rive Gauche, so many things to see and do! We were fortunate enough to stay in the Latin Quarter and had the opportunity to visit another area of the left bank every night on our return to the hotel. I won't repeat what was said in the previous comments, but one thing that is important to do, is to... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

It's fine to see the major Paris attractions but if a day permits, don't miss two left bank attractions while visiting. Especially if you want a great experience without the tourist rabble. One is the Cluny with it's Museum of the Middle Ages (MUsee National du Moyen Age) and the tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn. Built on ancient... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

The Left Bank is a historical reference to the area, mostly around the Latin Quarter, South of the Seine River. This was a thriving hot spot for artists, philosophers and writers of a bygone era. Today, the name refers more generally to a wider stretch of districts South of the river, including Invalides & Eiffel Tower Quarter, Montparnasse, St Germain... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

But you can walk away from here with your arms full and your pockets empty. Some amazing boutiques for shopping. All the big names and some great little ones too. Make sure you take the time to actually walk along the river and get out of the stores. It is the memory that you will take away of the river... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

La Rive Gauche is a broad term that encompasses the 5th and 6th arrondissements on the southern bank of the river Seine. This "Left Bank" evokes images of the Paris of artists, writers and philosophers like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Just a few of the more famous streets are le Boulevard Saint-Germain,... More 

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