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Things to do in Île de la Cité

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Neighborhood
“Is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral is consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.”
  • 381 locals recommend
Church
“Download the “Sainte-Chapelle windows” app and unlock the secrets of the stained glass windows in the monument built by Saint Louis. ”
  • 146 locals recommend
City Hall
“Since 1357, the Paris City Hall has been the seat of the Paris municipality. The current building, in neo-renaissance style, was rebuilt by the architects Théodore Ballu and Edouard Deperthes on the site of the old Hôtel de Ville, burnt down during the Paris Commune in 1871. It is possible to visit the Town Hall, place of power and prestige. Guided tours, by reservation, are organized by the Protocol Service. The visitor discovers in particular the Salle des Fêtes, designed as a replica of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Large free exhibitions are also organized and are very successful.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Bookstore
“Shakespeare and Company is an English-language bookshop in the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, opposite Notre-Dame. Since opening in 1951, it’s been a meeting place for anglophone writers and readers, becoming a Left Bank literary institution. The bookshop was founded by American George Whitman at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Kilometer Zero, the point at which all French roads begin. Open 7/7 from 10am to 11pm... Definitely a place to visit!”
  • 91 locals recommend
Theater
“Les meilleures comédies musicales et spectacle de danse For musicals and dance shows.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Island
“Very nice place (Island) with lot of Parisian shops, artists and a park with view on the Seine.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Gothic, riverside fortress & French Revolution prison, housing Marie Antoinette's former cell.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Plaza
“The Pont Neuf (French pronunciation: ​[pɔ̃ nœf], "New Bridge") is the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris, France. Its name, which was given to distinguish it from older bridges that were lined on both sides with houses, has remained after all of those were replaced. It stands by the western (downstream) point of the Île de la Cité, the island in the middle of the river that was, between 250 and 225 BC, the birthplace of Paris, then known as Lutetia, and during the medieval period, the heart of the city. The bridge is composed of two separate spans, one of five arches joining the left bank to the Île de la Cité, another of seven joining the island to the right bank. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Island
“Notre Dame de Paris La Conciergerie La Sainte Chappelle L'Ile de la Cité is the heart of Paris”
  • 14 locals recommend
Route
“A very touristy place, but definetly worth it! Don't forget to take a walk on the docks and behind the cathedral”
  • 41 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“A now legendary jazz bar, some of the greats have played there. Highly recommended.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Plaza
“Tranquil green square with cafés & galleries. Actors Yves Montand & Simone Signoret lived at no.15.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Less than 5 min walk from the flat to take a boat and see beautiful and famous sights ! (Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero, The Grand Palais, The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral...)”
  • 25 locals recommend
Transportation
“Having a café in one of the numerous typical parisian places around the foutain.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Locality
“Paris, the city of lights. Spectacular places to visit. Wonderful dining and people watching place. Walk along the river at night it's marvelous. ”
  • 219 locals recommend

Top restaurants

French Restaurant
“Les Bouquinistes are riverside book sellers along the quays around the Pont Marie (bridge). This popular open-air bookshop features separate stalls stocked with classic and modern literary works. In addition to used and new books, there are also postcards and posters for sale. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Southern French cuisine. The place used to be a library, they kept the cosy atmosphere in there. With a small but good selection of wines. Stephane the owner is also a typical nice French guy. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse's timeless yet seasonal bistro
“Very classic French bistro by Alain Ducasse. The whole duck and profiteroles are exceptional. On the pricier side ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Spacious dining room - tasty French cuisine with Asian influence. Quite expensive but worthy -__________ booking compulsory--------------------------- www.zekitchengalerie.fr---------Tél : 01 44 32 00 32”
  • 21 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“ Just down the flat if you arrive late.Perfect to eat some cheese with a glass of wine !”
  • 13 locals recommend
Tea Room
“Dans un cadre unique, le magasin Mariage Frères propose un vaste choix de thés du monde entier. Une bonne idée pour rapporter un petit cadeau de Paris.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Piano Bar
“My best place in paris. I've been going since childhood. There is a piano bar and a cabaret. very paris place ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my favourite restaurant! It's a thaï inspired- french cuisine and it's really delicious... The menu is 55 euros but you can also just choose one plate !”
  • 9 locals recommend

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