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Left Bank (Rive Gauche)

Paris, France (Gobelins)
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Ranked #120 of 752 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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The Left Bank is a historical reference to the area, mostly around the Latin Quarter, South of the Seine River.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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Sydney, Australia
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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
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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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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