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Take a map of Paris, follow the Seine and discover Île Saint-Louis.

  • Take a map of Paris, follow the Seine and discover Île Saint-Louis.
    Île Saint-Louis
    Île Saint-Louis is definitely unique or as the French say, "sans pareil" -
    a living island in the middle of the Seine in the middle of Paris.

 

Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Charlotte de l'Isle, Mon Vieil Ami, Latin Quarter, Seine, Le Marais, Batobus, rue Saint Louis en l'Ile, Brasserie de l'Ile Saint-Louis

With schools, a beautiful Baroque catholic church, locally owned bakeries, butchers and fromageries, a scattering of boutiques and galleries and not a chain store in sight, the three thousand or so Louisians love their village within a city. Their island is relatively unspoilt with its mixture of handsome 17th century architecture, narrow streets and magnificent views from its tree-lined quays and berges (banks) where you can picnic and watch the boats go by. 

Running lengthwise along the island is its main street, rue Saint-Louis en l’Île which has the classical Brasserie de l’Île Saint-Louis, the charmimg Charlotte de l’Isle serving the best hot chocolate, the famous Berthillion ice cream parlour and a great range of restaurants from traditional creperies to the Michelin listed, Mon Vieil Ami.

Because Île Saint-Louis is pretty much at the geographical centre of Paris you can walk, cycle the Velib, ride the Metro or hop on and off the Batobus on the Seine to reach all the city’s landmarks. Begin your sightseeing from here with Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle (Île de la Cité is linked to Île Saint-Louis by a pedestrian bridge) and your shopping with rue de Rivoli, both of which are just a short walk away. Pop across the bridges from the island to the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain (left bank) and Le Marais (right bank). 

The RER B train will take you direct from CDG and Orly airports to Notre Dame-Saint Michel station which is a five minute walk from the island.

Browse our very own images and our customer observations below to get a feel for the Île Saint-Louis neighbourhood. If you like what you see and hear, avail of our user-friendly map tool to precisely pinpoint and select from our Paris apartment rentals on Île Saint-Louis or go straight to our complete list of places to stay in the area.

Little shops and more little shops line the island's main street.

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Tea, icecream and crepes - standard fare on Ile Saint Louis. And chocolate too of course!

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Berthillion - everyones' favourite, tourists and locals alike                                                                                  Patrick Allain, your neighbourhood florist

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Le Tastevin opposite Berthillion is always packed for dinner.

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

La Charlotte de Î'Ile at no.24 - in the opinion of many, serves the best hot chocolate in all of Paris.

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

The location on Isle Saint Louis was the perfect hub for walking Paris...

… on a small, quiet side street, conveniently located near wonderful restaurants, boulangerie’s, fromagerie, creperie’s, glacier’s, and shops on Ile Saint Louis! Walk across the bridge to Notre Dame and the metro to connect you to everything you want to see in Paris.

Ann Woods, San Diego, June 2014 | stayed in Rue le Regrattier on Île Saint-Louis

Didier and Thibault's fromagerie at no.38 rue Saint-Louis en Î'Ile 

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Multiple award winning Gardil butchers at no.44 and Mme Martin's boulangerie and patisserie at no.40 - our favourite on the island.

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

La Cure Gourmande at no.55 - choose a tin and fill it with a selection of biscuits

 

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Les Vergers de Î'Ile - renowned for great orange juice, squeezed to order.

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Love staying on the Ile St Louis for a full-on, totally Paris feel…

… You are on quaint, classy streets filled with small speciality shops. After the clamour of the wide streets of Paris where tourists abound, Rue Saint Louis is a delightful oasis of quality and calm. Leave the apartment and a few steps away are artisan fromagier (cheese) shops, bakeries, boucheries. And when one returns back to the Ile at night there is always another opportunity to walk along the banks of the Seine and gaze up at the illuminated beauty of Notre Dame. There are two or three great bars on the island to finish off an evening.
 

Fiona O’Cleirigh, Dublin, Ireland, April 2014 | stayed in Rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile on Île Saint-Louis

Saint-Louis en Î'Ile Catholic Church and its clock spire, completed in 1675

- the view from the south facing French windows of the studio, Rue Saint-Louis en Î'Ile. The church is just to the left!

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

The boys and girls of Île Saint-Louis may not have to leave their island to go to school but they are not allowed to forget their nation's principles.

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Shady riverside walks

Quai de Bethune

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

I have stayed in Paris many times and this area is the best and I heartily recommend it…

… Ile Saint-Louis is a great location close to many different shops where you could pick up supplies, delicious bread, croissants , cheese, meat etc. The ice cream at several of the shops is supposedly the best in Paris and it was delicious! We were able to walk to the market as well as the metro. Great to be so close to Notre Dame and walking over the bridge with the different musicians playing each day was a delight.

… We felt that we were a part of Paris when we could look out of our windows and see the city unfolding before us on the streets and the river. And, of course, it didn't hurt that we were just around the corner from Berthillon - the ice cream of legend.  

Elaine Earle, Canada, April 2014 | stayed in Rue des Deux Ponts V on Île Saint-Louis

Unrivalled subject matter for budding artists!

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Quai d'Orleans

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

- its south facing apartments over the Seine are understandably much sought after!

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

the walls and berges are everyones' favourite for sunny picnics

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

The neighborhood the most centrally located to all of the things that we hoped to do and see while in Paris…

… We felt that we were a part of Paris when we could look out of our windows and see the city unfolding before us on the streets and the river. And, of course, it didn't hurt that we were just around the corner from Berthillon - the ice cream of legend.  

Anne David, March 2014 | stayed in Quai de Bourbon on Île Saint-Louis

Pont Saint Louis

- the pedestrian bridge linking Île de la Cite and Notre Dame with Île Saint-Louis.

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

You can also enjoy Berthillion iceream at the bridge and the longstanding Brasserie Île Saint-Louis - Alsacian food and mugs of Mutzig beer!

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Round the corner from the bridge, Place Louis Aragon and the berge below

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Hotel de Ville

- from Île Saint-Louis

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

The hop-on - hop-off Batobus

- the stop for Île Saint-Louis is on the right bank at Port de l'Hotel de Ville.

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Looking towards Port de l'Arsenal and the left bank

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Getting around Île Saint-Louis

- a pied, sur velo, en voiture et par scooter!

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Sunbathing on Île Saint-Louis!

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals
Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

Île Saint-Louis is an ideal base in central Paris from which to easily access Chateau de Versailles.

- 30 minutes on the RER C train from Saint-Michel - Notre Dame

Wonderful Île Saint-Louis Paris apartment rentals

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