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The Parisian Charms of Ile de la Cité

September 30, 2020
'Island Life' isn't exactly what you would describe living in Paris. But technically, there is one district in the city that makes the description accurate, Ile de la Cité. It's a tiny island in the Seine River that's become its own world within the French capital. One of the world's most iconic churches, the Notre Dame, is located here. But beyond it is a neighborhood with its own distinct identity and unique appeal. Visiting here will only give you a glimpse of what it's really like. Only those who get to live here, even for a short period of time, will get to know its real charms.

The Parisian Charms of Ile de la Cité

 

One of the Most Unique Paris Neighborhoods

The fact that it's on an island within a capital city makes Ile de la Cité a unique neighborhood. Though this isn't to say that it's disconnected from the other districts in Paris. But you have to admit, crossing an iconic river to get to your home is an experience not many in the city will get to have every day. Add to that the many fascinating sights you get to see, both on the island and around it. However, don't think you'll need a boat to get to le de la Cité. Standard public transport, such as the underground metro, a bus, a taxi, or even a bike, will do! 

The Parisian Charms of Ile de la Cité

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Expect Great Homes Here

It's easy to think that, since the neighborhood is on an island, that many homes here will be cramped, compact, and downright uncomfortable. Well, this couldn't be farther from the truth! Ile de la Cité has a lot of luxury long-term rentals and properties that will make living like a king look like a breeze. From opulent living rooms to romantic bedrooms, there's no shortage of upscale living in this part of the city. And having them located near the Seine River is just a welcome added bonus! With all that said, who wouldn't want to live in such a place?

The Parisian Charms of Ile de la Cité

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Visiting One of Paris' Most Iconic Monuments Regularly

You'd think that going to an iconic landmark, one where millions of tourists visit every year, would be a downside of living in a certain district. But it's not! In fact, it's because you live in Ile de la Cité that you get to see Notre Dame on a regular basis. And that's not exactly a bad thing. Firstly, you'll be part of only a handful of people who actually get to hear mass in the world-famous church. Luckily, they also hear masses in English here, so even if you don't speak French, you'd still understand what's going on.  

The Parisian Charms of Ile de la Cité

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Enjoy the Fresh and Fragrant Parisian Air

Now, this isn't to say that Paris isn't a fragrant city. But you have to admit, with the French capital as busy as it is, it doesn't exactly have the freshest air in the world. Even so, there's one place on Ile de la Cité that helps keep the oxygen here clean and smelling sweet: Marché aux Fleurs. One of the most popular flower markets in Paris, it's home to a lot of different species of flora, each looking more beautiful and smelling sweeter than the next. Beyond their smell, these flowers will also liven up your home in more ways than one! 

The Parisian Charms of Ile de la Cité

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A Sweet Tooth's Dream Hometown

Paris is a sweets city through and through. Some are perfect to pair with coffee for breakfast, while others are more suited as after dinner-treats, preferably with some wine. So if you have a massive sweet tooth, you'd want to stay—or even live—on Ile de la Cité. Why? It's home to a lot of sweet shops and patisseries that will make your mouth water, you might drown! A notable spot is Berthillon, an ice cream parlor like no other in Paris. rich flavors await those craving for the creamy cold treat. But if you want classic macarons instead, head on over to Amorino Arcole. Their pastel confections will leave you wanting more! 

The Parisian Charms of Ile de la Cité

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A Quiet Retreat Amidst a Busy Capital City

Because Ile de la Cité is on an island, it does separate it from the rest of Paris a bit. Not necessarily far, but distant enough that you can relax on your own, taking a break from this bustling metropolis. And the parks in this district are the best spots for that! Square du Vert Galant, for instance, is a beautiful garden right by the Seine River. If Ile de la Cité, as a whole, doesn't feel like you're on an island, this place will! Though not exactly a park, Pont Neuf is another spot with retreating to. Take a stroll on this centuries-old bridge would clear your mind right away! 

The Parisian Charms of Ile de la Cité

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It's not exactly an exaggeration to proclaim that Ile de la Cité is unlike any other district in Paris. What other neighborhoods in the French capital do you see situated on an island? More than that, the place itself offers a unique excitement only its residents get to experience.




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