Left Bank (Rive Gauche)
Left Bank (Rive Gauche)
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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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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,813 contributions
Jun 2022
So much to see on this side of the river. Primarily known for the universities and schools that have been here since medieval times. But also home of lots of ancient churches and monuments. Lots of cafes, etc. Come explore.
Written October 17, 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel38,439 contributions
Mar 2022
This is a beautiful and historic part of town.
It is perfect for a couple of hours of a stroll in the autumn Parisian weather.
Written April 1, 2022
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mrt1955
Healdsburg, CA947 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Walking in this area is World Class! The booksellers are fantastic, you parallel the Latin Quarter with it's wonderful mixture of bistros, cafes, creperies.
Walk it once, you'll want to walk it every day the rest of your life
Written March 30, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,813 contributions
Jul 2021
This is where the universities and big schools are.and all the wonderful things that come with them like book stores, cafes, and art movie houses. And there are beautiful historic buildings that come with them. Lots of charming neighborhoods. You will want to spend time here.
Written September 8, 2021
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mitch w
Bordeaux, France795 contributions
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, Australia42,596 contributions
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
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, Serbia16,201 contributions
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
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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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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