The sun has come out and stayed put since last weekend, and because of that my camera has snapped more pictures in the past 5 days than the last 4 months together. J’adore! My goal is to show you and tell you as much about this beautiful city as possible the coming months. I can’t believe that the bulk of my time here is up. But, that just means that the most has to be made out of the final third.
In today’s post I wanted to show you an adorable area in Paris called Ile Saint Louis, located right by Notre Dame. It’s an island right in the middle of the city – the small space is surrounded completely by the river Seine. Click through to read about my experience there, and things you absolutely must see (and drink) if you do manage to make it over for an afternoon!
A friend and I headed over after visiting Jardin des Plantes, because it was just a stop away on the RER C. I had been wanting to check out this area mainly out of guilt of having never been, but also because I had heard it described as “a little French village in the middle of Paris”. And, the classic Cafe St. Regis! So after battling through the crowds around Notre Dame, we arrived.
And let me tell you, the little island is beautiful. While also packed with tourists, it was like being away from the busy “city city” Paris for an afternoon. Quaint store fronts called to mind the French Riviera, and the banks of the river were filled with strolling Parisians and picnicking friends. Plus, who can forget Notre Dame and Hotel de Ville across the river just being a picture perfect backdrop to it all?
Here are some things that you must do/see while you are there:
- Grab a coffee (or a meal if you’re hungry and not broke) at the famous Cafe St. Regis. It was a little slice of paradise sitting outside in the cafe chairs, taking in the scenery, chatting, and watching people go by for hours.
- Explore the little side streets. While the island isn’t big, the little nooks and crannies are its specialty. Great photo moments and cute little galleries/boutiques.
- Or, stay on the main drag and sample gelato at one of the many cafes. I’ve heard that Berthillon is great, and can personally vouch for how delicious Amorino is (my favorites are amarena, tiramisu, and coconut) .
- Keep an eye out for street performers. While many are con artists and have acts that I find quite tacky, there are often talented musicians taking the streets. I stopped and listened to the above pictured piano player for 30 minutes, his music was just incredible. I also filmed a (not so good quality) video that you can see below.
- Enjoy the sunshine, walk around, smile.
And that was my afternoon on Ile St. Louis. Once again, not to be missed if you are ever in the city. Squeeze it in, even if just for an hour after having seen Notre Dame.
Any Paris recs for me? Do you have little areas to escape to like this in your town as well? Comment down below, would love to chat with you all. And thanks for reading!