When Parisians talk about « La Rive Gauche » they are not implying the geographical area of the south bank of the river Seine. What they actually have in mind is all the charm that embodies this little corner of Paris. The « Rive Gauche » is the Paris of intellectuals, students, artists and jazz lovers !  Here are some ideas that will help you enjoy this particular and exciting atmosphere to the fullest.

Latin Quarter

Let's begin by the famous « Latin Quarter » chiefly named after the language used by the first universities established here in the Middle Ages. Explore the vibrant little streets near the Sorbonne square and the Pantheon. Do not hesitate to continue your visit onto “Rue Mouffetard” and its little restaurants. Take your time to go through the book stores, there are plenty of them within the district. Our favorite one, “Tschann” is a few steps away from the hotel.

Saint-Germain- des-Prés

Intellectual, true, but above all, artistic ! In fact, it is the mix of all things that gives the “Rive Gauche” its typical allure. Its banner is Saint-Germain- des-Prés. Take a rest and sit down for a cold drink or a cup of coffee in the mythical “Cafe de Flore” or “Au Deux Magots” where Sartre and Beauvoir once did. For Jazz lovers, Le "Petit Journal Montparnasse" or the “Caveau de la Huchette” are the right places. Please do not forget to view two magnificent museums such as the Orsay museum, with the biggest collection of impressionist art in the world, and the Rodin museum, created to celebrate the late great sculptor, Auguste Rodin.

Eiffel tower & Invalides

Finally, the « Rive Gauche » holds the symbol of Paris and France, the Eiffel tower. Of course, on this side of the river, you will also find another icon that symbolizes France around the world ; Napoleon (inside the Invalides). Numerous avenues and boulevards with chic boutiques are on this side of the river. Situated on rue de Rennes, rue de Sévres and rue du Cherche Midi, are some of the best and luxurious boutiques of Paris. All these streets converge into a single point, which is an obligatory passage for anyone going to do some shopping. “Le Bon Marche”, it is the only department store on the Rive Gauche, which inspired Emile Zola in “Le Bonheur des Dames”. We suggest that you also visit the wonderful and fine grocery store on the ground floor as well as it is the perfect place for a gourmet shopping spree.