Notre Dame is the bullseye on your map of Paris - walk everywhere from here.
Sainte Chapelle, Île de la Cité, Île Saint-Louis, Place Dauphine, Pont Neuf, Shakespeare & Co. Pont des Arts, Louvre, Square du Vert Galant, Martyrs Memorial
Visit the Cathedral, climb the towers and marvel at Sainte Chapelle’s stained glass window - so much to do and see around a small island but then again we are talking about Notre Dame and the “sacred” surrounds of Île de la Cité.
We don’t need to dwell on the cathedral itself other than to say that it's a must see. Afterwards, relax in the often forgotten but pristine gardens beside and behind it. In a smaller garden across the love lock laden rue de l’Archeveche seek out the almost hidden, very evocative, river level Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation.
At the western end of Île de la Cité you can enjoy Place Dauphine and Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge across the Seine. Climb down from the bridge to the Square du Vert Galant and sit on the bank at the very tip of the island for one of the little known but best views in this city of views – past the barges and pleasure boats and up stream to the picnicers on Pont des Arts, and the Louvre.
Oh and if you still have half an hour to spare, browse the quayside bouquinistes for a second hand novel or souvenir and the Shakespeare & Co bookstore on the left bank where Sylvia Beach first published James Joyce's Ulysees. And you must cross the pedestrian bridge to enjoy all the delights of Île Saint-Louis.
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- as seen from Pont de la Tournelle with Ile Saint Louis to the right.
- the cathedral is just as impressive from behind as it is from the front!
Some window. Spot the climbers one level from the top of the right tower.
The line for mass!
Walked from this neighbourhood to almost everywhere…
… Latin Quarter, St. Sulpice, Louvre. Excellent location.
Ernest Klein, Cincinatti, November 2013 | stayed in Rue Chanoinesse in Notre Dame
The line for the towers!
The permanently moored boats at Porte de Montebello underneath Notre Dame - ideal for a pause cafe and a super vantage point for viewing the cathedral.
The Esmeralda Cafe behind the cathedral and beside the bridge to Ile saint Louis
- petit dejeuner (breakfast) is popular in the morning sun underneath its canopies.
Square de Jean XXII between Notre Dame and the Seine.
Beautiful gardens to relax in after the rigours of cathedral sightseeing!
And then a refreshing cup of tea around the corner on Quai aux Fleurs, away from the madding crowd. Later try the acclaimed Le Reminet for dinner.
You really do worry about the Pont de l'Archeveche railings but worth it to read the messages of love.
Living on the Ile de la Cite for a week, an amazing experience…
… the location is just perfect, a block and a half from Notre Dame and a 5-10 minute walk from bus, metro, and RER access points. Waking the nieghbourhood to the tolling of the cathedral bells is magical. It is also a very short walk across the bridge to the wonderful Ile St. Louis.
Eric, June 2012 | stayed in Rue Chanoinesse II in Notre Dame
Cross the bridge from the left bank to Île da la Cité and Notre Dame
The Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation
- Square de l'Ile de France behind Notre Dame Cathedral
Shakespeare and Company
- probably the most famous bookshop in Paris!
Don't forget to wander upstairs where writers have stayed and worked over the years.
If Shakespeare and Company doesn't have the book you want, try the quayside boquinistes.
Busking ... taking a break from busking.
Iconic Cite metro stop beside Palais de Justice with the Saint Chapelle steeple in the background
Palais de Justice.
Seat of the French courts and justice system.
Marche aux Fleurs beside Cite Metro
Lock-laden Pont des Arts with the Louvre backdrop ...
... from the beautiful left bank quayside beneath Île da la Cité,
where you can enjoy a free board game or join the joggers.
Can you keep up with the river fire brigade (sapeurs et pompiers) who train for fun alongside their boat tenders?
- priests enjoy the hidden oasis that is Square de la Place Dauphine, on their way to Notre Dame
Crossing Pont Neuf
- Les Cars Rouges are the most popular sightseeing bus because they are hop-on - hop-off and you can interchange with the river Batobus, ...
... which has a hop-on - hop-off stop beneath Notre Dame on the left bank at Porte de Montebello.
Pont d'Arcole connects Île de la Cité and the Right Bank.
- view from the tip of Île Saint-Louis
No shortage of photo opportunities around the cathedral
The pedestrianised Pont St Louis bridge connects Ile da la Cite with Ile Saint Louis
Notre Dame is an ideal base in central Paris from which to easily access Disneyland Paris
35 minutes door to door on the RER A train from Chatelet to Disneyland Paris.
Notre Dame is an ideal base in central Paris from which to easily access Chateau de Versailles.
- 25 minutes on the RER C train from Saint-Michel - Notre Dame