Saint-Paul - Ile Saint-Louis

Small shops and intimate spaces seem to spring from the earth in this ethereal Parisian neighborhood.

Buildings seem to grow straight out of the earth in Saint-Paul – Ile Saint-Louis. Its locally owned cheese shops and narrow streets dressed in ivy and foliage, Saint-Paul – Ile Saint-Louis feels at once organic and other-worldly. Although major commercialism hasn’t crept into this canal-filled neighborhood, the crowded footpaths leading to Paris attractions like Notre Dame are just minutes away.

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On the Map

Saint-Paul - Ile Saint-Louis is within IV Arrondissement and bordered by Notre Dame - Ile de La Cité, Saint-Michel, Châtelet - Les Halles - Beaubourg, Le Marais, III Arrondissement, Panthéon, and Quartier Latin

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Charles-De-Gaulle Airport: About 50 min by Subway (40 min by taxi)
Orly Airport: About 50 min by Subway (40 min by taxi)
Châtelet-Les-Halles: About 10 min by subway
Eiffel Tower: About 30 min by Subway

A Look Back In Time

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The heart of old Paris feels the same today as it did hundreds of years ago.

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Narrow streets and gothic churches set the mood in this unforgettably romantic neighborhood.

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Saint-Paul – Ile Saint-Louis's boutiques sell antique curiosities you might not find anywhere else.

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It's like they're straight from a fairy tale.

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Spend some time in Saint Paul and you'll begin to forget your true location.

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You're directly in the center of one of the world's most enchanting cosmopolitan cities.

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A very quiet place in the middle of Paris, the Ile Saint-Louis is a village with a prestigious history, [epitomized] by its 17th century town houses."

The Island In the Seine

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The tiniest of the Seine Islands, Ile Saint-Louis is romance incarnate.

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Berthillon ice cream can only be found on the island, and is widely considered the pinnacle of Paris' creamy confections.

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Avoid the lines by wandering side streets. As long as Berthillon is written on the building, you can't go wrong.

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Ile Saint-Louis reveals an ethereal glimpse of Notre Dame in the evening.

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Take a stroll along the Seine as the sun sets, and become enchanted all over again.

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Renew your love for The City of Light.

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Many cafes and and Parisian bistros, shopping facilities and the famous ice cream "Berthillon" at the corner. Each time you'll cross the Tournelle bridge you'll have a breathtaking view of Notre Dame cathedral, and the Seine river is at your doors."

Photography

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

Marc Olivier Le Blanc specializes in commercial and editorial portrait photography. Although he's currently based in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, he returned to his native France to shoot Paris for this project through a traveler's eye. He always strives to turn both the ordinary and the unusual into something extraordinary.

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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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