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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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  • We walked down this street and came upon an art supply store. With all of the art inspiration in Paris I wanted to buy a pencil, eraser and pad of paper to continue working on my art. The staff was ve...  more »
  • I stayed near this road, so I crossed several times and I was fascinated by its quiet but for the liveliness of upscale shops, bakeries and the presence of various art galleries. If you pass the beautiful Boulevard of St. Germain, take rue Bonaparte to appreciate directly its beauty and finally to the spectacular Church of St. Sulpice.
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  • I walked down Rue Bonaparte today whilst on my way through visiting Eglise Saint Sulpice and realised I could never afford or want to shop on this street - it’s got quite a lot of high end expensive b...  more »
  • Enjoyed a hot coffee on a cold day. Pleasant atmosphere and staff
  • Wonderful croquette with endive and beets. Great vibe with friendly employees.
  • Nice restaurant especially after theatre because it is open very late. Friendly staff, menu for every taste good choice of wines.
  • Always busy, on weekends too. Food was just ok, but location is great for people watching. I ordered the cafe gourmande but it came with less interesting dessert like mousse chocolate and some riz au lait? just a good place for coffee and people watch.
  • Usually busy but very nice location. And nice food
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