"The Islands - Ile Saint-Louis" Ile Saint-Louis Tip by illumina
Ile Saint-Louis, Paris: 17 reviews and 61 photos
Linked to the Ile de la Cite by a footbridge, the smaller Ile Saint-Louis may not have any sights to speak of, but it possesses a charm all of its own, with its handsome ensemble of seventeenth century houses, villagey streets and tree-lines quais. It is often considered the most romantic part of Paris.
For centuries the Ile St Louis was nothing but swampy pastureland, a haunt of lovers, duellists and miscreants on the run, until in the 17th century a developer had the bright idea of filling it with elegant mansions, so that by 1660 the island was quite transformed.
It is prime strolling territory, with various restaurants and cafes, and a number of interesting (if pricey!) shops.
Directions: cross the bridge behind Notre Dame
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