Left Bank (Rive Gauche)

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Left Bank (Rive Gauche)
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Historic Sites • Neighborhoods • Historic Walking Areas
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The section of Paris south of the River Seine.
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The area
Neighborhood: 5th Arr. - Panthéon
How to get there
  • Luxembourg Station • 4 min walk
  • Luxembourg • 5 min walk
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mitch w
Bordeaux, France772 contributions
Our favorite place to base
Oct 2020
We love the 6th and 5th Arr. Have stayed at several hotels in the 6thARR. Blvd Saint Germain has great shopping and tons of places to stop for a bite or a drink. Metro stops are quite available in several locations.
Written October 29, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia29,031 contributions
An experience like no other
Oct 2019
The Left Bank of the Seine River is possibly the sentimental heart of Paris. In days gone by it was the part of Paris where you would find philosophers, poets, artists, teachers, writers, anybody who was somebody would be here. This sentiment has carried to the present day but how true it is now is another matter. On this side of the Seine you will find some of the most wonderful sights, like the Sorbonne University, the Pantheon, the Latin Quarter, the Musee d'Orsay, the Army Museum, the Rodin Museum, the Eiffel Tower, the Luxembourg Gardens and many others. There are some wide roads but there are many narrow streets as well and it is these that convey the old Paris. You must walk! You haven't been to Paris if you miss the Left Bank!
Written September 21, 2020
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Paul S
Louisville, KY36 contributions
Walk til you drop. Walk right into history.
Apr 2019
Lots of walking on the best tour you can take here. Streets are too narrow and the special places too close for a car tour. Walk it. We were 70 so it stressed us to the limit. But if you are a fan of St. Genevieve this is the place to be. Besides the Sorbonne, and the Gardens, you will enjoy the Pantheon -- originally dedicated to St. Genevieve and left with some amazing art work of her life. the French revolution frustrated that effort but look behind it to a humble little church called St. Etienne-du-Mont to find her dedication place. The left bank is a must see. But do it on foot.
Written February 11, 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia9,575 contributions
Rive Gauche vs Rive Droit
Dec 2019
While the right bank of Seine river in Paris is formal, noble and royal with many palaces and upscale addresses, the left bank is a laid back area.
Rive Gauche involves a pretty big area streching from the Eiffel tower all the way to Latin quarter. It's mostly a residential area with hundreds of cozy cafes and restaurants, set in winding streets, where you can really have reasonably priced and delicious meals. The area is also notable for famous artists and writers who resided here, as well the liberal minded.
Written January 24, 2020
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Aleksandar
Belgrade, Serbia8,213 contributions
More relaxed part
Oct 2019 • Couples
More relaxed part of the city, with more living areas and a bit less museums, but with gems like Eiffel tower and Army museum, as well as Sorbonne university and Luxembourg gardens.
Written January 19, 2020
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The lifestyle and reputation of the Left bank
Nov 2019
Ah yes- Rive Gauche: it once meant so much- the liberals, the philosophers, the artists, the anarchists, the revolutionaries: those were the days. Today, it still has a slightly different flavor and tenor and pace and appearance. As such, it is worthwhile and essential to also visit and explore there. As stated- once the distinction between the two sides was evident (with the capitalist entrepreneurial investors and staid business people on the Rive Droit), but it is not so big a difference in our day (if at all) once, there were political, philosophical, cultural differences, as we explained to our daughter the origin of the terms "right wing" and "left wing." These terms exist until today in our heated and uncivilized political discourse, and this is the historical origin of these terms.
Written November 25, 2019
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MikeFee
Morrisville, VT484 contributions
A lot of territory to cover
Oct 2019
The left bank (of the Seine River} covers a little less than half of the city. The outer arrondisments the 13, 14 & 15th are mostly residential communities with plenty of activities, markets, restaurants parks but not so much the tourist highlights. The inner arrondismentss - those touching the river the 5th, 6th, 7th have some of the must see attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Musee D'Orsay, Luxembourg Gardens and the Sorbonne University. The areas closest to the river in the 6th are some of the oldest parts of the city. There''s tons of things to do on this side of the river so enjoy.
Written October 20, 2019
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carlosmp
Rio de Janeiro, RJ4,556 contributions
Wonderful
Oct 2019 • Couples
A wonderful and sophisticated region im Paris, the left bank is part of the parisian way of life. Not as luxurious asthe right bank, but certainly much more elegant in a very natural way.
Written October 17, 2019
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flaneur40
New York City, NY1,718 contributions
To the left of the direction of the flow of the Seine
Sep 2019
Most people would probably consider it more intuitive to refer to this area as the south side of the Seine River, but not the Parisians. It is to the right of the direction in which the River Seine flows. It is also where the Latin Quarter resides and the area when most of the revolutions were begun. This is where the Haussmann restructuring of the City was inspired by order of Napoleon III in the 19th Century. It is also where the most liberal minded people tended to live (Left), whereas the more well-to-do and conservative thinking Parisians (right wing) lived on the Rive Droite or Right bank.
Written September 23, 2019
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Stendel
Eastpointe, MI381 contributions
Take a Stroll
Aug 2019
Wander around the twisting streets. Visit the many shops (mostly souvenir shops) and restaurants. Walk to Notre Dame. Check out the local artists or just sit and relax.
Written September 4, 2019
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