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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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The original Paris

This is where it all started, the Saint-Louis island. Walking alongside the old buildings allows you to see what the city used to be about. Have a great ice-cream in one of the... read more

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Normandy, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is where it all started, the Saint-Louis island. Walking alongside the old buildings allows you to see what the city used to be about. Have a great ice-cream in one of the shops there, or jump in one of the very old taverns. If you want a real feel of Paris, this is the place to visit.

Thank Dutch-Mikey
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I never leave Paris without visiting this area and have lunch there. My favorite place is St Regis. Lovely food, extremely friendly staff and stunning view from the broad windows. Also nice terrace.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It s a placé you have to go, just because it was the first place it had habitats around Middle Age. Nice streets, restaurants, ice-cream Bertillon , you must not miss. At the summer time on weekend people are gathering for a picnic , till late at night.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I always try to stay on Ile Saint-Louis if possible and have found a few great apartments here through vrbo. The hotels are not so modern but the location couldn't be better. On this tiny island you will feel like you are on a movie set, as this is where french stereotypes originated. It can be crowded with tourists during... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here this time. This is our favorite place to be. You feel that you are in a village. The main street, Rue Saint-Louis-en-l'Île is full of little shops, restaurants, jewelers, groceries, ice cream cafes, cafes, bakeries, a flower shop...It became our neighborhood--we had our grocer for fantastic fruit and water, a wine shop for the bottle we would... More 

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Izmir, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The beautiful and peaceful Ile Saint-Louis is like a little village in the heart of Paris. Life seems running slower here. Walk around the island, The restaurants and cafes are great. The views of Notre Dame and the Seine is beautiful. If you are lucky enough like us, while having a drink in a corner cafe you can listen to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed on the Ile. Loved the feel of the place, with lots of lovely little shops and plenty of restaurants. Great location for a holiday

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great location for the romantics and the artists right in the heart of Paris. There are some local cafes and bistros and places just to enjoy the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ile Saint-Louis is the perfect place to relax and see the cafes and bistros, small shops with wonderful prices, beautiful apartments, not to mention the most famous ice cream shop . It is a stone's throw from Notre Dame and San Chapelle yet much more relaxed with a definite local flavor. The hotel prices are more than over the bridge... More 

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love walking down the main street of this tiny island. There is the cutest kitchen shop with objects you never see in the states, we always bring home something. It also has great places for a nice lunch.

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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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