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Rue Bonaparte, Paris

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Rue Bonaparte is a street in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. It spans the Quai Voltaire/Quai Malaquais to the Jardin du Luxembourg, crossing the Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the place Saint-Sulpice and has housed many of France's most famous names and institutions as well as other well-known figures from abroad. The street runs through the heart of the fashionable Left Bank and is characterised by a number of 'hôtels particuliers' (grand townhouses) and elegant apartment buildings as well as being bounded by the river at one end and the park at the other. With fifteen buildings or monuments classified as Monument Historique, it has more such listed sites than any other street in the 6th arrondissement.Rue Bonaparte also has many literary associations and contains a number of bookshops, antiquarian booksellers, publishers and art galleries. Its architecture and location have made it one of Paris' most historic and sought-after residential addresses.HistoryThe length of the street was formerly the site of a river called La Noue, which at the time formed the eastern boundary of the Pré-aux-Clercs . Later, the river was enlarged into a 27-m wide canal and named Petite Seine, which in turn supplied water to the moat of the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés when its fortifications were built during the 14th century. In the 17th century, those fortifications were demolished along with the moat and the canal.
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  • Nice through street on the Left Bank, linking the Seine with Blvd. St. Germaine. Lined with restaurants (some quite good) and unusual shops, some selling expensive art and antiques. Noisy traffic.  more »
  • a pretty little street going from the Luxembourg Gardens to the banks of the Seine, but it nice to go past City Hall district, the churches of Saint-Sulpice and Saint-Germain. Good and quiet walk.
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  • Street especially antique or luxury goods, very convenient to reach the banks of the Seine. It is on this street that was the now defunct facilitator Jean-Luc Delarue.
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  • The onion soup and croque madame were delicious and the service and staff were very kind!
  • The brunch option is marvellous. Very good service, ambiance and food.
  • Amazing restaurants, mind the prices
  • Waiters were very friendly and got us an English menu, my burger and roast potatoes were delicious, great setting too
  • Nice place for a drink.