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Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

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The smaller of two natural islands in the Seine, Ile Saint-Louis has the feel of a 17th-century French village in the very center of Paris. The island has only narrow one-way streets, no metro stations, and just two bus stops. Most of the island is residential, but there are several fromageries, restaurants, boutiques, outdoor cafes, ice cream parlors, and a cathedral. Walk over the small bridge connecting the island with Île de la Cité to see artists and street performers, such as musicians, mimes, and jugglers. Make Ile Saint-Louis a part of your Paris vacation plans using our Paris vacation route planner.
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  • The Ile Saint-Louis has kept its charm. The ideal is to go by the docks, under the greenery around. The mansions that are there are worth a visit.
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  • If you had only an our to spend in Paris, forget about Champs Elysees, Opera, Tour Eiffel and other iconic imposed parisians monuments. Go to Ile Saint-Louis, after crossing through Ile de La Cité and...  more »
  • We arrived there at the same time as the rain so we laugh an ice then we went... Berthillon ice (I recommend the dark chocolate with grapes and nuts) on top!
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