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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 20, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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1,013 reviews 1,013 reviews
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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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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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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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Dallas, Texas
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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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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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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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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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