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Eating on the Ile de la Cite

Like any Paris district the Ile de la Cite has plenty of dining possibilities, from the quick and easy to the slow and luxurious. Being a major tourist destination there are plenty of restaurants catering to visitors to our city with English menus and an ability to help the overseas visitor.


There are many small restaurants on the island, try some of these interesting option listed roughly from west to east:

Bistrot Au Bougnat -, located in one of the small alleys called Cloître, this is straight out of medieval France. Traditional foods for the region and wines to match are available in this intimate setting.

La Rose De France - Situated at 24 Place Dauphine this quiet affordable luxury traditional restaurant offers an excellent kitchen and cellar,

Le Caveau du Palais - Also on Place Dauphine this traditional small restaurant is a favorite with the resident celebrities.

Le Soleil d'Or - Brasserie situated on the corner of Boulevard du Palais, you will find Crepes, Glaces and Sorbets as well as full sit down meals. Take aways and baguettes are available.

L'annexe - Near the islands center at 5 Boulevard du Palais this tiny restaurant is ideally located for people watching of the queue across the street of people waiting to visit the Palace of Justice.

La Reserve de Quasimodo - A little hard to find at 4 Rue de la Colombe this curious restaurant is also a wine shop or "Cave a Vins".

Ice Cream

Berthillon, the makers of fine luxury ice creams, have their main store in a small on the isle at 31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île near Rue des Duex-Ponts and is open every day from Wed through Sun from 10 in the morning until 8 in the evening.

Although some seating is available inside most people take their ice cream for a walk, but beware that there will be long queues during the busy times of the day.

Île Saint-Louis Another Island Île Saint-Louis is the easterly neighbour of Ile de la Cite and although smaller does have many intereting sites. Don't miss the chance to visit both as the are directly next to each other in the Sein.

Cross directly from one to the other via the pedestrian only Pont Saint-Louis which connects Quai d'Orleans to Quai de Borbon. On the Saint-Louis side enjoy one of the many fine cafes or look into the small shops that serve the residents of the island.

Don't walk far though as it is a small island and you'll soon have left it!

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