Sitting behind Île de la Cité, Ile Saint Louis in Paris’ 4th arrondissement has plenty of its own things to offer. While it may not be home to Notre Dame, it’s a lovely place in itself and can boasts some unique views of the city. I actually had one of my life’s wildest adventures here, so I definitely attest to the magical-ness that can happen!
There are several access points to the island of Ile Saint Louis from various bridges. One of my favorites is Pont Louis Philippe, which takes you across the Right Bank. As you traverse, you’ll see the belfries of Notre Dame in the distance! This is a particularly good spot for photographs at sunset, or EARLY sunrise, as the sun will come on strong.
Connecting Ile Saint Louis and Île de la Cité is Pont Saint Louis. Look right or left and you’ll have a view of the Seine and the banks! Above is right bank, Hôtel de Ville.
Things to do on Ile Saint Louis
This Île Saint Louis guide will be a running list, updated as I explore more!
I couldn’t write a round-up without including this ice cream shop, could I? Although I’m not just slapping it one because of the reputation. It’s good. Although the weather’s been a bit cold for ice cream, I’m planning to make a beeline as soon as the temps warm up.
29-31 rue Saint Louis en Île 75004
La Brasserie de l’Isle Saint Louis
Cross Pont Louis Philippe and walk all the way down until you’ve basically arrived at Pont Saint Louis, and to your right will be this bistro with its classic red awning. This is one of my friend’s favorite haunts. People watching, convivial atmosphere…he’s lived some great moments at this little bistro! And you can, too, with a view of the Seine and Notre Dame
55 Quai de Bourbon 75004
A florist recommendation! There is a lovely selection, and it’s not very expensive — a huge plus, given that you are on a very expensive island! The flowers are fresh and vibrant, and if you are giving them as a gift (they will ask if c’est offert), the florists will wrap the blooms in charming brown paper. Elegant.
La Cure Gourmande
Although this is a chain, it’s got a such a cheerful yellow facade that I must include it! You’ll find all kinds of cookies here, many stocked in self-serve bins. The perfect place for a dégustation — snag an assortment and picnic your cookies on the Seine.
Pont de la Tournelle
Another great way to view Notre Dame from a less-traditional perspective. This crosses you over to left bank, and if you keep walking straight, you’ll find yourself in the Latin Quarter!
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