St-Leu

St-Leu, Amiens: Address, Phone Number, St-Leu Reviews: 4/5

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alftul
New York City, NY552 contributions
Solo
Amiens is a capital of French Picardy. This capital is pretty small, but it's very nice to explore, especially by foot. If you are in Amiens be very precise, preplan everything, and you'll win in your mood and in your impressions. I arrived to Amiens from Paris by train (they have only one station). 8 - 10 minute walk straight on very short streets: Rue de Vallee, Rue Gioriette and Rue Lefevre and you approach the main gem of the city - the cathedral Notre-Dame. First you see this unique structure from it's east facade. Then circle the cathedral counter clockwise and you are at the epicentre of Amiens, on the square and Rue Flatters. I put aside the Cathedral ( this is a separate interesting story) and tell you what is the best route around the historical center for getting the strongest impressions about the city. From the cathedral keep following Rue Flatters to the corner of Rue des Vergeaux and from there go straight (along Rue du Marche Lanselle) to the direction of the Saint-Leu district. This is a very quiet and nice medieval waterside area (strange people stubbornly call it The little Venice of the North). Hei, it's not Venice, it's rather little arms of their big river Somme turned into canals. If you are in Amiens in the late afternoon, remember - here in St-Leu area they concentrate the nightlife. Antique shops, restaurants, bars, craft stalls... Then from Rue St-Leu make a right turn (before the St-Leu church) to Rue de Majots and slow down near the bridge ( near Place Parmantier). One more right turn and one more immediate right and you go to Rue de Hocquet (you see the cathedral on your lefthand side). Finally you approach the main entrance to the cathedral. This walk will not take more than one - one and a half hours, but I guarantee you leave Amiens' historical center with a lot of great pictures and in a good mood. But you don't leave Amiens yet. You just can't do that without visiting (or just looking from outside) of one more important place here - Jules Verne's house. It has happened - the great French writer married a local woman and spent several decades here... It was a happy and great life. You will find this house not far from the railroad station on Rue Charles Dubois,2.
You can leave a city by train or by car (bus), and whatever is your transportation, you will remember Amiens pretty long. See for yourself my photo gallery and think - may be you'll decide to follow my route. Enjoy!
alftul
Written February 8, 2013
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CDM52
Rayleigh, UK100 contributions
Couples
Picturesque cobbled area with lots of restaurants a short walk from the Cathedral. Pleasant area just to walk around. Amiens is well signposted with the time in minutes to main sights shown. Restaurants close after lunch (2:30) and some do not reopen until 7 pm (so late lunch or early dinner not an option).
Written July 13, 2016
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal20,454 contributions
This location was knowen as an industrial district from the Middle Ages to the early 1960s. At the beginning of the 13th century, the city of Amiens has expanded towards the north by the construction of some quays on the banks of the canal and arms of the Somme. Textile industries like weaving and dyeing, tanneries and mills have been settled in this place who became so the name of “Saint-Leu” district. The reconstruction of the cathedral led to the transfer of the Hôtel-Dieu along the pavement to the bleds - the current rue Saint-Leu. By the end of the 15th century, the district welcomes the industry of the dictation, driven out of Arras, by decision of King Louis XI. The working population occupied the neighborhood in mud houses until the end of the twentieth century. Nice location you cannot miss during your visit of the city of Amiens.
Written October 20, 2019
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FordPrefectII
Singapore, Singapore1,047 contributions
Couples
We were told that Amiens was the "little Venice of the north" and I reckon it's this area with its canals and bridges that has earned the city this nickname. It's a beautiful part of the city, with plenty of eateries to choose from. We took plenty of lovely photos here.
Written May 30, 2015
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Sam M
Wagga Wagga, Australia221 contributions
Solo
I guess in terms of Amiens St-Leu is quite attractive, as much of Amiens is very run down. But it just feels so lacking in life and zest,a bit drab if I'm honest!
Written August 30, 2012
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KieranMcC
Brisbane, Australia95 contributions
Friends
Amiens is the base for many Australians visiting the Somme , and those wanting some after hours diversions - drinking , live music and people watching - then the St Leu quarter is the place . Very much a student haunt , yet on the four or five occasions we have been there over the last three years , we have found the locals particularly friendly and good to talk to . Got our best dining tips for the town there . It reminded me of El Born in Barcelona for spirit - not as many chi chi bars , grittier - but comparable energy .
Written July 12, 2011
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lazenlondonuk
London Uk329 contributions
Solo
St Leu appears to have been preserved as its near the Cathedral and thus avoided shelling.
Its billed in that indomintable French way as an experimental up and coming chi chi Latin Quarter.
We at first mistook St Leu Church for The Cathedral.
Theres some-well one main one actually short canal stretch lined by
little medieval looking bars,mainly.
Mainly students and young folks loudly drinking beer and trying to be
British or American but all a bit too polite to convey the full horror
of a Saturday Night out in the UK
Theres a few little walkways and bridges to explore that lead either into Charles Dickens type slum dwellings or no where.The planning isn't very good here yet.
I felt unsafe penetrating these courtyards from another era full of teeming urchins and washing hanging out,
as if I was and probably was an intruder!
No one seemd to care they are probably usedt to it!
Theres an inappropriate New Zealand Restaurant and I spotted a couple of large Rainbow flags further down a street which is probably as risqué as St Leu gets.
Also spotted some Hippy types coming to and fro.
But all this is very small.
Defintely no Amsterdam and a tad disappointing.
The close knit houses and weird little windows would make this a great romantic charming Red Light
area though If the Authorities had the bottle!
Just saying.

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Written September 12, 2018
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George H
Redditch, UK19 contributions
Couples
Beautiful ,quaint buildings that look almost tudor style.Lovely little canals with loads of fine restaurants along the banks.
Only reason for not giving five stars was price charged in these upmarket eating places.Must visit but don't eat there if on a budget.
Written August 27, 2017
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Andy T
Rotherham, UK248 contributions
Solo
This is the old area of Amiens centre 5 minutes from the cathedral. It has been well restored, is mainly pedestrianised and there are lots of good quality bars and restaurants - well worth a visit.
Written May 15, 2016
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jake272005
Faversham61 contributions
Couples
The area has mixed reviews but we thought that it was well worth a visit. TIP Get a walk map from the information centre in the square of the area and do the 1hour walk to see the best bits then have a coffe overlooking the river.
Written September 5, 2013
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