The Seine river divides the heart of Paris in two parts : The right and the left bank. The left bank refers to the southern bank of the river Seine. The left bank is home to antique, fashion shops and restaurants. It also hosts a few of the most famous landmarks of the city like St Sulpice Church, Orsay Museum, Invalides not to forget the Eiffel Tower, ... The most popular districts are Saint Germain des Pres, Saint Michel and Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Garden, Mouffetard, Montparnasse. From luxury boutique hotels to budget accommodation here is a short selection of places to stay.
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There are thousands of hotels to choose from on Paris' left bank. Here are the best areas to stay : Saint Germain des Pres, the Latin Quarter and Invalides - Eiffel Tower.
Saint Germain des Pres
Saint Germain des Pres is one of the most popular district of the left bank. This is a vibrant area with of a number of bars and restaurants, fashion boutiques and bookstores.
It is also home of many of the finest boutique hotels of the city.
The Latin Quarter is set a stone's throw from Notre Dame Cathedral. It is a boyant area melting students, tourists and wealthy local residents in narrow cobbled streets. Ernest Hemingway lived here in the 1920s. A nice place to stay for a city break.
The 7th district of Paris is one of the most exclusive with large avenues, embassies and luxury apartments. It is also home of famous landmarks of Paris like the Eiffel Tower and the Invalides, which hosts the tomb of Napoleon.
Montparnasse district was famous during the Golden Twenties - Annees Folles - for its unbridled nightlife. Then it became the mecca of artistic life in the 1930s.
Today the area has mellowed a little but remains vibrant with cafes, bars, restaurants and brasseries at every corner.