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Rive Gauche Paris. Best places, attractions, squares, gardens

Rive Gauche Paris

This is a long and demanding itinerary that requires the whole day. Being able to visit the whole of the Rive Gauche Paris is practically impossible. Therefore, much is left to personal tastes and interests. Museums, neighborhoods and immense parks, make up the offer proposed here. It starts from the Metro / RER stop Invalides and go along Rue de l’Universitè, in a sense the backbone of this area.


The Bourbon Palace is a building worthy of note. The building, in a dominant position on the Seine, was the first example of a modern building in the 700. Beautiful in the evening, all lit up. Every building along the Rive Gauche Paris deserves the right attention: the Hôtel de Beauharnais, seat of the German embassy; theHôtel de Salm-Kryburg with Musée de la Légion d’Honneur; theHôtel Boisgelin, home of the Italian embassy. Obviously the attentions can only be reserved for the splendid Musée d’Orsay, one of the three must-see museums in the city. If you wish to enter to look closely at the Impressionist masterpieces, bear in mind that it takes a couple of hours. We strongly recommend that you do this, but if you have already done so, you could dedicate your neighbor Musée Rodin, You will not regret it.
The museum is located in Rue de Varenne 77, and is a real gem. The building that houses it, theHotel Biron, is an eighteenth-century rococo palace built by Jean Aubert for Abraham Peyrenc de Moras in the 1753. For fans, “The Thinker”, “The Kiss.” and “Balzac” are among the most representative works. We organize frequent and interesting exhibitions, and educational activities for various categories of public such as the disabled.

The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:30 to 18:00. The cost of the full-fare entrance ticket is €13. Includes access to the gardens, permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. For more information, you can consult the excellent official website.

After visiting the Museum, we highly recommend a break, perhaps to one of the famous Caffè di Boulevard Saint-Germain, the avenue in which great philosophers, writers, writers loved to stop. To the “Deux Magots”, Hemingway, Breton or the Sartre-Beauvoir couple often went! St-Germain-des-Prés, was the oldest church of the Left Bank, but the continuous restorations, by necessity, over time have distorted it.

Luxembourg Rive Gauche Paris

After so much walking, you come to the Jardin du Luxembourg, big green lung and oasis of peace and tranquility, in a rather lively district. The park is crossed every day by the students: the area, in fact, is full of faculties; the presence of children is also numerous: the park is suitable for families, and seems almost an immense country villa. On the other hand, on the other hand, the Palace of the homonymous park with a severe aspect of fortification and seat of the Senate from the 1958. On the side, there is the Petit Luxembourg, official residence of the President of the Senate: both can not be visited. For the Palais du Luxembourg only group visits are scheduled.

At this point our advice is to dedicate you to another unmissable monument of the city, before organizing for your evening: Pantheon, historical monument from 1920, located in the French capital in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Already a church of Sainte Geneviève, to be used as a mausoleum for illustrious figures of France and it is precisely in the inscription “To the great men, the grateful homeland” that is enclosed the deepest meaning of this monument. It has become the place where the great personages of the country rest: Victor Higo, Voltaire, Rousseau, Zola, Pierre and Marie Curie.

It is open every day from 10 to 18:30 (in winter, up to 18) and entry is allowed up to 45′ before closing. The admission ticket costs 11€ and includes a visit to temporary exhibitions.

Latin Quarter Paris

For the evening, our advice is to return to the Latin District. It is a multicolored area along the Rive Gauche Paris, where squares alternate with small streets; fast-food at typical restaurants; culture to consumerism. A multi-faceted neighborhood, the land of the students who once spoke Latin and that when there was need to protest and renew, they never pulled back. Get off at the Metro stop Cluny-La Sorbonne; you will find yourself near the beautiful square that opens in front of the main entrance of the La Sorbonne University. It is a pleasant place, with several cafes frequented by students and professors.

For a pleasant evening, we recommend arriving up to Rue du Cardinal Lemoine and stop at Paradis Latin; it is a wonderful place where, at a reasonable price, you can eat and attend a wonderful show of cabaret, and the famous Can Can dances in a prestigious Parisian theater. Alternatively, you can go along the immense Boulevard Saint-Germainand the streets perpendicular, full of bars, bistros or restaurants to stop for dinner.

Alternatively, the tour of the Rive Gauche Paris could start with a reverse route to the one proposed. Starting right from the Latin Quarter, you’ll be spoiled for choice. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, from the 07 to the 14 there is the Market Monge. A small outdoor market that is becoming more and more famous among tourists thanks to its very rustic atmosphere. Here you will always find meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, organic products, cheeses, wine, flowers and much more. The Jardins des Plants, are another place not to be missed, with the Botanical Garden and the Alpine Garden.

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