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What you will do
Walking across the Île Saint-Louis is a rare privilege. Of course, this is a tourist attraction, but it is nevertheless calm, and nice, and all-around beautiful from the banks to the main street (rue Saint-Louis-en-l'Île).
The Île de la Cité is a bit different. Certainly more spectacular, probably less prone to let your mind wandering, but Notre-Dame Cathedral alone is a must-see.
This itinerary will bring you from one square to another (both will come with a litte challenge for you, stay tuned), through both history and timeless charm.
Step by step
- Let's begin right near Sully-Morland subway station (line 7), at the southeast of the Marais district. The Square entrance is immediately there. 1
- Cross the Seine by the Pont de Sully then enter Saint-Louis-en-l'Île street. The church will be on your left. 2
- Continue along Saint-Louis-en-l'Île street and you'll soon find Berthillon's shop and its famous homemade ice-creams. Be aware that it might be closed during summer, and that it is a quite popular place so you might have to wait a little. 3
- Take des Deux-Ponts street (to the right) to go and see the Pont-Marie, unofficially labelled the lover's bridge. Then take the Quai de Bourbon and find Saint-Louis-en-l'Île street again through Le Regrattier street. Head to the Île de la Cité that you'll reach by the Pont Saint-Louis (yes, a lot of things here are named after this one). Cross the pleasant Jean-XXIII public garden, and reach the Cathedral's entrance at Jean-Paul-II square, after a short westbound walk. 4
- Cross the Jean-Paul-II square and enter the Palais de Justice to go to the Holy Chapel. 5
- Take de Lutèce street on your left when exiting the Palais de Justice. At the Quai de l'Horloge (up north), turn left until Dauphine square then, following the same direction, until the Square du Vert-Galant. 6