The Ile St. Louis is still a charming place to stay. For the last dozen
years, we always stay in a little apartment across the walking bridge
on the Ile Cite, next to Notre Dame.
On the end of the Isle St. Louis is a little restaurant - Flore en I'lle
- great for morning cafe, tea, etc. or light lunch dinner. Onion soup,
salads - its all pretty good - just not outstanding. But, as you sit,
you#ll have a view of the river and Notre Dame, that#s worth the price.
Also, this is the only place in Paris that I know of where the waiter
doesn#t bring l#addition, just go to the counter when you leave, your
check will be there waiting on you.
Bertillion - The mecca. The shrine. The temple. People from all over the
world go here to worship the God#s of Ice Cream, but mostly you#ll find
Cones are sold through the window or table service is available inside.
If you'll walk across the bridge to the Ile Cite, continue up (with Notre
Dame on your left) you'll find -
Le Vieux Bistro
14 rue du Cloitre-Notre Dame
This is our neighborhood bistro when we stay in Paris. Not inexpensive
but wonderful food. Best frisee salad with lardons and egg in Paris.
We spent two wonderful New Year's Eve dinners here. Make a reservation.
Also nearby is -
Les Bouchons de Francois Clerc
12 rue Hotel Colbert (5)
We also enjoyed another New Year#s Eve dinner here a few years ago. It#s
a beautiful place just a couple of blocks from Notre Dame on the Left
Bank. Not a typical bistro - lots of imagination in their cooking. The
real key to this place is the fact that they offer an incredible selection
of wines at prices about 1/2 of most restaurants. The food is priced about
like others, but if you#re looking for wines, it#s a great place to go.
Bill Sutherland Montefollonico, Italy