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Left Bank (Rive Gauche)

Paris, France (Gobelins)
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Ranked #149 of 733 attractions in Paris
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The section of Paris south of the River Seine.
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Spokane, Washington
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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1,756 attraction reviews
7,168 helpful votes 7,168 helpful votes
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The Left Bank is a historical reference to the area, mostly around the Latin Quarter, South of the Seine River.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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371 attraction reviews
301 helpful votes 301 helpful votes
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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583 helpful votes 583 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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799 attraction reviews
1,043 helpful votes 1,043 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is the southern bank of the Seine,whose water cuts the city in two. Remember,while looking down stream.... left means South bank,right means north bank. Simple, Non !! Its name is referenced whenever you raise any of the 19th century artists,painters or sculptures and writers. In fact ,anyone from the great artistic community of Montparnasse. The phrase la Rive Gauche... More

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Madrid, Spain
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Every time I get the chance to visit Paris, this is an unmissable for me. Either solo or accompanied, I really love taking this walk, from about la Gare d'Austerlitz till almost past le Louvre, one can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing walk with wonderful views of l'Île de Saint Louis and l'Île de la Cité, including Notre Dame de... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Having downloaded the Trip Advisor City Guides app onto the iPhone before going away to Paris for 3 days, we used the 'The Left Bank & The Latin Quarter' route which had been suggested as it had quite a few sights and stops which interested us. We were blessed with lovely sunny weather this morning as well, so everything looked... More

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Orlando, Florida
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52 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Nothing better than a stroll on the Left Bank of Paris. The shops, restaurants and ambiance cannot be beat. Don't forget to try some pastries as you go along. Parisian pastries (French pastries in general) are absolutely the BEST in the entire WORLD (and I have done extensive personal research in this regard). Every cake, cookie, croissant is a work... More

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Hermosa Beach, California
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138 attraction reviews
332 helpful votes 332 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

While there is a lot to see and do on the Left Bank, the charm of the area has never struck me. I much prefer the Marais and Montmartre districts of Paris for authentic charm. The Left Bank feels a little more urban, dirty, and modern in energy—faster paced with more local Parisians and business men rushing through, as well... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

I was told by a French man while I was in London that I must see the Left Bank while in Paris and I am so glad I sort it out. I found it also on attactions on TA and saw someone's post about a great walking tour to download from ijourneys. I did that and loved it! You can... More

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