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The island is a popular area near Notre Dame but it is always a delight to walk the streets and stop for a crepe. Walk the length of Rue Saint Louis and get your fill of busy and somewhat touristy Paris. But go into the...More
After having brunch at the St Regis, we crossed the bridge over to the Ile Saint Louis, between right and left bank of the Seine River. Just a morning stroll in autumn, watching the doves and strollers, the houses in the middle of the island,...More
Paris is a main world tourist attraction. Which means mobs of rushing tourists, crowded sidewalks, traffic everywhere. Except on Ille Saint Louis.
We’ve been going to Paris on both biz and pleasure for over forty years. Stayed in both “budget hotels” as well as the...More
This smaller, "sister" island next to Notre Dame has many quaint little restaurants and shops to visit. We enjoyed (3 course for 13.90 Euro) lunch at Cafe Med, a very small, but worth it in the middle of the island.
We first stayed on Ile Saint-Louis in 1990 and returned this year to stay in an apartment rather than a hotel. It is a charming set of 8 blocks on the island adjacent to Notre Dame, and it is quiet at night. It has everything...More
This area has such a great vibe with its cute cafes and quaint bars. Ile Saint-Louis is also home to Berthillon, which offers the best ice cream that Paris has to offer! I would definitely recommend visiting Ile Saint-Louis at night for a romantic dinner...More
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.
I agree with one of the previous replies: think of the Ile St Louis as a terrific home base of operations. We loved dining at the St. Regis Cafe: we had a terrific french breakfast one morning and a traditional french dinner... More
I agree with one of the previous replies: think of the Ile St Louis as a terrific home base of operations. We loved dining at the St. Regis Cafe: we had a terrific french breakfast one morning and a traditional french dinner with escargot and steak tartare. It has a lot of open windows and outdoor seating so you get the classic Parisian experience of dining and people watching.
We also ate at Sorza (51 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île), a quaint little Italian fine-dining restaurant (not a touristy pizza parlor but a tremendous risotto, lamb and assortment of pastas).
The local butcher (Boucherie Gardil 44 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île) was fantastic. We preferred the bakery Le Boulanger de la Tour just across the river on the corner of Quai de la Tournelle and Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, Our favorite ice cream was actually Amorino in part because they shape the ice cream like flower petals.
One last tip: we had a lovely dining experience at Le Temps des Cerises on 31 Rue de la Cerisaie. Felt very much at home in a neighborhood restaurant filled with locals, off the beaten path from touristy areas yet an easy walk.