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It is not exactly a major tourist destination, but some fun can be had on this island. The little park on the eastern tip offers some unique views, there are a few churches to explore, and of cours there are cafes where an espresso can...More
Pretty close to Notre Dame Cathedral, this little island is worth checking. It has some nice little shops and restaurants and some very good ice-cream or gelato places. Definitely worth checking if you are in the area, last time we went by we also saw...More
A pleasant little walk from Notre Dame with nice streets and cute private shops, yet almost pointless if your arrive before they are open, before 10.30 or 11. A bit of a shame I learnt it the hard way, but still it was the right...More
Great location for fairly reasonable restaurants in Paris on its Main Street the “Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île”. Out also has wonderful little boutiques, curio shops and galleries. Plus there is the most favorite ice cream shop in Paris called Berthtillon on the rue Saint-Louis l’lle...More
Although smaller than Isle de la Cite, this quirky little island is a joy to wander through – the main street is full of fun shops and small galleries. The view from all sides looking at the Seine is also spectatular.
Every time I cross the bridge behind Notre Dame onto Ile Saint-Louis, I feel my pulse and breathing slow and my tension decrease. If one walks a half-block back from the touristy cafes at the bridge, one enters a residential area with art galleries, small...More
The Île Saint-Louis is a natural island connected to the rest of Paris by four bridges to both banks of the Seine and to the Île de la Cité by the Pont Saint-Louis. It is one of the most picturesque and atmospheric neighborhoods of the...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.
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There really isn't much to do for children. It is a small island that is famous for its apartment buildings and is pleasant to walk around. It is an expensive area to live. There is a famous ice cream shop Berthillon... More
There really isn't much to do for children. It is a small island that is famous for its apartment buildings and is pleasant to walk around. It is an expensive area to live. There is a famous ice cream shop Berthillon, boutiques and there are plenty of sidewalk cafés and some restaurants. Some are expensive but there are a few that aren't. There isn't really anything for children to do, in my opinion. There are many artists on the bridge (Pont) to the island and the children might enjoy that. Some do magic tricks and many play music. Depends on the day. I recommend going back to the left bank across from Notre Dame (which is really worth a visit) and eating there. You will find plenty of shops selling things and lots of outdoor sidewalk cafes. Also, the boat trips around the island are much more interesting.