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Ile Saint-Louis

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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Address: 44 rue Saint Louis en L Ile, 75004 Paris, France
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Cobble-stoned neighborhood featuring quiet shops, cafes and bistros.

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An evening stroll through Ile Saint Louis delights.

On a mild spring evening, after dining in a small cozy cafe on Ile Saint Louis we missed the ice cream for which they are famous but did get to stand on a bridge and look up and... read more

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a mild spring evening, after dining in a small cozy cafe on Ile Saint Louis we missed the ice cream for which they are famous but did get to stand on a bridge and look up and down the Seine at the lights of Notre dame and all of central Paris.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This, the smaller of the islands is crossed by a couple of bus routes. No Metro Narrow lanes, bistros cafes restaurants crepes ice creams. Small parks at each end

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here in a lovely hotel and it gives you the feeling of a true Parisian lifestyle. Small boutiques for shopping specialty items, cheese shops, wine shops, bakeries, gelato shop that makes your gelato into the shape of a rose...spectacular. Lovely outside/inside cafes...very friendly people we loved it here.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The island is a great respite from the Parisian hustle and bustle off the islands. Great restaurants, and fun shops. Great place to enjoy lunch or dinner - or just a cafe visit after visit to the more populated (and tourist travelled) ile de la Cite.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My favorite place in Paris. A lot of students, book stores, places to visit and of course "Gyros" the famous "Turkish doner" with french fries (workers are Turkish but the name somehow greek!).

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Mechelen, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Popular with the locals for its quaint river banks full of friends, wine and picnics. The island does not have a metro stop and is somehow a little less touristy. In the summer, it often recreates a typical rural French atmosphere.

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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The quiet twin of the two Iles. I did a walk about on the last evening of my Paris visit. A very pleasant early evening amble along Rue St. Louis then along Quai de Béthune and D'Orléans. Not all of the shops and Cafés were open. There was a little more activity at Pont St. Louis, just across from Ile... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hard to believe this was in the heart of Paris. Small shops, amazing food, super nice people. Had a resident just start talking to us and then gave an informal tour of her neighborhood. Loved it!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Next to Ile de la Cite, Ile Saint Louis is one of two islands on the Seine. It is connected to Ile de la Cite and the two banks of the river by five bridges. It is an easy walk from Notre Dame. A respectable and very expensive residential area even today. it has a few old shops and a... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is well worth spending some hours exploring this area of Paris. It seems a popular destination for tourists, with Bertillon ice cream being the big draw. On a good day its a fantastic place to spend an afternoon.

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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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