Ile Saint-Louis

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Ile Saint-Louis
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Cobble-stoned neighborhood featuring quiet shops, cafes and bistros.
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Neighborhood: Ile de la Cité / 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.
How to get there
  • Pont Marie • 3 min walk
  • Sully – Morland • 5 min walk
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,167 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a part of the city that one must visit, walk around the island and admire the great architecture. A walking tour, even self-guided, is a great idea because so many important people once lived here. I once rented an apartment here and it was like a village at that time. Now if is the realm of tourists and ice cream, but the incredible architecture and history remain.
Written September 26, 2021
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Fred M
Summerville, SC2,043 contributions
Jun 2019
We decided to spend one of our days in Paris taking a slow, casual walking tour, enjoy cafe and a croissant and a light lunch. Ile Saint-Louis, a small island neighborhood across from the island of Cite, became an excellent choice. Lots of nice architecture, small shops and cafes, and markets that offered some great bread, sausages, vegetables and such to be enjoyed back at our hotel later that evening. Also some great views of Notre-Dame during its reconstruction. Be sure to sample a gelato or sweet at the world famous Bertillon at its original home on Ile Saint-Louis. (Our actual visit was in late May 2019)
Written May 20, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia39,657 contributions
Oct 2019
We walked through some of the narrow streets of Ile Saint-Louis and just looked around. There are several cafes, restaurants and a range of other small shops. We had coffee at one of the cafes. This area seemed to be rather quiet and somehow a little more relaxed than the rest of the city. Worth wandering around for a while if you can spare the time. You will be surrounded by the waters of the Seine River!
Written September 13, 2020
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Eli B
Plovdiv, Bulgaria36 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
The charming and magnificent Ile will appeal to any lover of romance and history. Each architectural structure has a rich history and exquisite appearance. Be sure to walk the streets of the island, where famous writers once walked, and today live the richest people in Paris.

There are famous hotels in the form of chic private mansions, which were a refuge for great people. Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau once stayed at the Hotel Lambert from the 17th century, and at the Hotel Lozen, formerly owned by the Richelieu family, you will immerse yourself in the historic atmosphere where Theophile Gauthier, Charles Baudelaire, Honore de Balzac, Delacroix and Alexander Duma. Gauthier, Charles Baudelaire, Honore de Baizak, Delacroix and Alexander Duma.
There are amazing restaurants, beautiful art galleries.
Written January 11, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,167 contributions
May 2022
We once lived on this island, home of exquisite Renaissance architecture. Take a slow walk around the quais and read the marks telling which famous people lived in the beautiful houses. Now the central shopping street is now longer a village atmosphere, now the land of ice cream Still beautiful.
Written June 14, 2022
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Gurnee, IL110 contributions
I rent an apartment at 40 rue d' Ile St. Louis evey year, and I will NEVER stay in a hotel again. I am awakened every morning by the enticing aromas of the bakery downstairs, and take picnics to the "private" park at the end of my street. It's a village within a city, and it's heaven to me. for the flat, and they DO rent for less than a week!
Written March 13, 2010
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bucks17 contributions
The heart of Paris - this is the oldest and one of the prettiest parts of Paris. It has a village feel to it and there are some lovely cafes along the Seine to sit and have breakfast/lunch in. The hotels aren't cheap but then nowhere in the heart of Paris is. It is a good place for a base from which to explore the rest of Paris. Nr to the Notre Dame and good links with the RER and Metro near by - and a short walk from the Marais. Cute little delis and cafes. It's also the home of Bertillion - the best ice cream in Paris, France, maybe the world?!
Written May 21, 2007
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New Yiork City3 contributions
The best part of Paris is the Ile St.-Louis, which is a small island in the Seine near Notre Dame. The small streets and neighborhoods stores make it feel like a village although it's minutes from any attraction you can think of. The best way to experience Ile St. Louis is to rent an apartment. has amazing properties on the Ile St.-Louis and their attention to customer service is superb. I plan to stay in this part of Paris the next time I visit and will definitely rent an apartment through Guest Apartments again.

Note that if you really want a hotel, the Lutece on the Ile St.-Louis is also lovely but nothing beats living like a parisian in an apartment.
Written June 4, 2008
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rochester, NY3 contributions
When you're in Paris, be sure to allow plenty of time for strolling on the two islands where Paris was born. Ancient Ile St Louis and and Ile de la Cite are charming, historical islands in the Seine. They are chock full of must-sees such as Notre Dame, and St. Chapelle. But also enjoy the winding streets, the sidewalk cafes and the surprises around every corner.
Written October 11, 2009
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Brian T
London, UK5,502 contributions
Nov 2021
This is a beautiful island neighbourhood to visit in Paris! It’s a genteel, sedate, charming, beguiling, historic and thoroughly delightful location, often overlooked by tourists as they explore the city.

Most visitors will flock to  the main island in the River Seine in Paris, the Ile de la Cité, home to the famous landmark of the Notre Dame Cathedral. But they just seem to overlook its delightful little sister, the quaint Ile Saint-Louis, which is really only a short bridge crossing away from Ile de la Cite. It is certainly worth whiling away a few hours there, exploring its quaint and picturesque streets and appreciating its historic ambiance.

The island was developed in the 17th century by King Louis XIII as a retreat for the wealthiest Parisians, filling the island with superb mansions. Today it’s as if it’s frozen in time, as appearance-wise little has changed. The narrow streets are full of historic buildings; a number of the more lavish of them, on the quaysides, are now luxury hotels.

It’s not a large island at all, and you should be able to comfortably explore it fully in a couple of hours - unless of course you start delving into its many wonderful markets, bakeries, fromageries, ice-cream parlours, unique boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and cafes. Start your walk along Rue Saint-Louis-en-L’Ile, the neighbourhood’s main thoroughfare. It cuts right through the middle of the island, and most of the businesses are there. As you’re walking, look out for the lovely Hôtel Chenizot (number 53, on Rue Saint-Louis-en-Ile). But also walk along the ‘quays’ (river banks), especially the Quai de Béthune, which faces the left bank. Don’t miss the beautiful  Hôtel Lefebvre de la Malmaison (number 22, on Quai de Béthune), and the Hôtel de Lauzun around on Quay d’Anjou. These are beautiful examples of the architecture of the period; the walks will also afford you with lovely views of the River Seine and the city’s Right and Left Banks.

If it isn’t a restaurant or café facing onto the Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, it’s a shop. There’s a real diversity of shopping options, even including a store selling precious gems and one selling fishing equipment, Amongst them all you’ll find florists, gift shops, confectionery stores and the like - even one where you can sample organic and natural wines and select a few of your favourites to take home. I’s a delightful shopping area for sure, and a little different to the trashy souvenir stores you’ll find in the main tourist areas. It does get busy during the day, but I wouldn’t call it crowded by any means!

I particularly love Ile Saint-Louis in the evenings. The streets are empty, and are lit by the soft warm glow of the street lamps, creating a beautiful ambiance. The numerous restaurants come alive, their terraces busy with diners. It’s certainly a special time to be on the island.

Ile Saint-Louis is onnected to the rest of Paris by six bridges. Most visitors will come via Pont Saint-Louis which is at the rear of Notre Dame. You’ll get a lovely vista of the island from this bridge. Crossing the Pont d’Arcole to the north of Notre Dame will also give you a lovely view of the neighbourhood. There are no metro stations on the island. The closest metro stations are probably Sully-Morland or Pont Marie, both on the Right Bank but close to bridges to the island.

Do not miss this beautiful neighbourhood.
Written January 24, 2022
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