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Ile Saint-Louis

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Address: 44 Rue Saint-Louis en L'ile, 75004 Paris, France
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Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Cobble-stoned neighborhood featuring quiet shops, cafes and bistros.
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Historic area worth a visit

Seeped in history and surrounded by the Seine this area is good for the boat trips and exploring. One or two good restaurants but avoid the touristy places. We took a boat trip... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Seeped in history and surrounded by the Seine this area is good for the boat trips and exploring. One or two good restaurants but avoid the touristy places. We took a boat trip from Quai Tournelle and saw many of the major sights from a different angle. Great for wandering around and a good central area to use as a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This neighborhood has some nice cheese ships, bakeries, some small grocery stores and cafes that will meet all your needs. 5 minute walk from Notre Dame and a beautiful neighborhood church that has services at 6:45 daily (pls. check). There are 4 hotels and some people who rent apartments (VRBO).

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We spent a morning strolling along the streets. We took time to walk to the east end of the island, which I suspect is often overlooked. Some very interesting architecture and residential flats. Walking west back down the centre street (Rue Saint-Louis en Ile), we noticed some interesting shops and galleries. I found a lovely little jewel of a painting... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I love the shopping here as I find wonderful gifts for people and they are not expensive. Small restaurants for a romantic dinner and of course Berthillon ice cream. Enjoy it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The apartment I stayed in is at 76 Rue Saint Louis en I'le, we had a lovely time and what a location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

easy to find - great to sit and watch activity on the Seine - great views and easy to walk to from hotel

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We walked around this island on a Saturday and were disappointed that few shops were open. It is probably good to go on a weekday to do shopping, but it was still very interesting to see the old buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Super little island with great stores restaurants and cafes. Grab a coffee and a croissant to go and walk around the quay. You won't regret it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

During the day the Isle is busy but try biking around at night, stopping for a drink or an ice cream at Betillons. I love this dream made of stone. Great restaurants and shops or just for a walk through to soak up the atmosphere.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We were expecting Ile Saint-Louis to be a very charming small area with an atmosphere similar to small French and Italian towns. Instead, it was just a neighborhood apart from the main city. There were only a couple of streets and not many interesting shops. We did have a very good dinner at one of the highly rated bistros, which... More 

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.
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