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Left Bank (Rive Gauche)

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Odeon / Saint-Michel
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The section of Paris south of the River Seine.

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Some of the great landmarks seem much closer together in Paris but man it's a walk fest

Fun crossing over after the visual feast of Notre Dame. The left bank is fun and like all of Paris there is diversity and absorbing views all around. It's fun looking at all the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun crossing over after the visual feast of Notre Dame. The left bank is fun and like all of Paris there is diversity and absorbing views all around. It's fun looking at all the poster and book shops and caricatures etc. Surely you can get all of this from anywhere in Paris and probs cheaper. But is the feel the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful time.. in all of Paris..we walked a lot make sure you have comfortable shoes and an umbrella...lines were short if you start off early..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I was lucky in that it was a bright sunny autumn day when I strolled from Notre dame cathedral to Les Tuileries along left bank. It's mainly books but books of everything from pop artists to history to collectibles. You name it and you'll find it here. there are posters and maps, trinkets, antiques and souvenirs. Each booth is individually... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I liked this side as well. It's not as posh as the roght side, but exactly because of this, you don't need to fight for space as you walk around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

The Left Bank, located south from the River Seine, is a very elegant, fashionable, and charming part of Paris. The most prominent landmark in the city, the Eiffel Tower rises above the River Seine and dominates the skyline of the Left Bank. The south side of the Seine is home to major Paris landmarks such as the Musee d'Orsay, Hotel... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

The Rive Gauche, the south side of the Seine that arcs through the middle of Paris, is where many of the famous writers and artists lived. Consisting of the 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th & 15th arrondissements (districts), at one time this was the 'low rent' part of Paris and is why many starving artists called it home. Highlights are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

Stayed at ST Germaine for a week and found this to be a great area to stay. Not too far from the right bank , but plenty to do on our side.. The night vibe is great ..Always felt safe strolling around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

As I write this report the song of Alain Souchon: Rive Gauche a Paris, Adieu mon pays rings in my ears. The left bank is the harbor of the Parisien culture. The list has the Quartier Latin, Sorbonne, Invalides, Luxembourg and Champs de Mars. For me the highlight is the Quartier Latin of course.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

If you like culture you would certainly enjoy visiting this area. Museums, Art Galleries, Street Entertainers, or an artist sitting working away. This area has the lot.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting parts of the Left Bank again, during our most recent stay in Paris. It seemed like every second step which we took during our long walks through the area, we would come across yet another cultural experience. Whether it was another museum, another art gallery, another sculpture, more street performers or simply an artist working diligently... More 

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Odeon / Saint-Michel
As the bustling center of entertainment for the residents of the Rive Gauche, the activity at Odéon never stops. Boulevards are lined with traditional cafes, restaurants, and boutique cinemas. The streets surrounding the fountain at Saint-Michel provide eateries from around the world. Lively bars are just next door and the prototypical terraced French brasserie is on every corner. The setting for this area is second to none; the Haussmann-style boulevards are contrasted by monumental architecture and overshadowed by the iconic Notre Dame, all within a moment’s walk from the Seine. This neighbourhood's world-famous bookshops, cafés, and streets will not fail to impress you.
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