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Left Bank (Rive Gauche), Paris

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Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Neighborhood
Left Bank (Rive Gauche) is the southern bank of the river Seine in Paris. Here, you’ll find the river flows roughly westward, cutting the city in two. The area is widely known for its once famous inhabitants, such as celebrated artist Pablo Picasso, who lived on the Left Bank throughout the war years.

When you visit now, Left Bank (Rive Gauche) is an affluent neighborhood of middle class homes, shopping boutiques, and restaurants, and also encompasses many of the city’s most renowned attractions. You’ll find the iconic Eiffel Tower, the creative hub of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, and the Latin Quarter, which holds some of the most stunning architecture in Paris. Add Left Bank (Rive Gauche) to your Paris travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Paris trip builder website.
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  • We love the 6th and 5th Arr. Have stayed at several hotels in the 6thARR. Blvd Saint Germain has great shopping and tons of places to stop for a bite or a drink. Metro stops are quite available...  more »
  • The Left Bank of the Seine River is possibly the sentimental heart of Paris. In days gone by it was the part of Paris where you would find philosophers, poets, artists, teachers, writers, anybody who....  more »

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