Notre Dame - Ile de La Cité

A famous cathedral and an enchanting island landscape in the center of the Seine.

Notre Dame - Ile de la Cité is as stunning as the light that filters through its famed cathedral’s stained glass windows. An island in the center of the Seine, Notre Dame - Ile de la Cité's stone bridges and turrets compose its enchanting topography. The neighborhood leaves no room for understatement—pristine gardens and watchful gargoyles reinforce its transcendentally romantic atmosphere. Paris’ mainland marvels are easy to reach—bridges and boats lead to destinations like Quartier Latin.

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On the Map

Notre Dame - Ile de La Cité is bordered by Saint-Paul - Ile Saint-Louis, Saint-Michel, Palais Royal, Châtelet - Les Halles - Beaubourg, Louvre - Tuileries, Le Marais, IV Arrondissement, and Panthéon

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Charles de Gaulle airport: About 40 min by Subway
Orly airport: About 45 min by Subway (30 min by taxi)
Châtelet-les-Halles: About 10 min by Subway
Eiffel Tower: About 25 min by Subway

Iconic Monuments and Old-World Allure

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With half of the neighborhood located on an island in the middle of the Seine, Ile de la Cité stands as Paris' most emblematic destination.

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From the flying buttresses of Notre Dame to Paris' Palace of Justice, Notre Dame - Ile de la Cité boasts many of the city's most iconic monuments.

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[This neighborhood] is best-close to all the major attractions and right off the Rue de Rivoli for great shopping and the Chatelet metro stop."

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Visited in 2012

The Personal Side of Ile de la Cité

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Misshapen stones and textured building facades compose Ile de la Cité's old-world landscapes.

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Many visitors never venture past the neighborhood's famed landmarks, but they should consider making the effort.

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Surrounded by parks that skirt the Seine and garden centers where green plants hang, the neighborhood brims with enchantments off the beaten path.

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Notre Dame - Ile de la Cité locals live simply, despite their proximity to Paris' divine institutions.

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The Flowers and Birds Market, sidewalk cafes, and cozy galleries ensure Notre Dame - Ile de la Cité's residents don't catch island fever.

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Relax, take a seat.

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Possibly, the best area of the city if you are visiting Paris as a tourist."

Ricardo

Visited in 2013

Looking Across the Seine from Ile de la Cité

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See The City of Light from new perspectives.

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There's no better seat than a seat on an island in the Seine.

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Except, maybe, a seat on a riverboat.

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A lovely bridge connects the Quartier Latin to Paris' City Hall. You should cross it.

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You'll be glad you did.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rachael Woodson is an American photographer based in Paris. She studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and ENSBA in Paris. Her work explores realms of psychology and family. She also photographs for clients including Airbnb, Rolling Stone, and Nylon. Rachael had an amazing time photographing the diverse neighborhoods and people of Paris for this project.

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Loïc is a French photographer and world traveler addict based in Paris. He has been traveling all around the world trying to capture every unforgettable experience he met on his way. In Paris, the city where he grew up, he has the great opportunity to share with Airbnb his comprehensive knowledge of the City of Light.

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