The shops on the Ile Saint-Louis Paris

Ile Saint-Louis, an island in the middle of Paris, is an unspoiled 17th century cluster of residencies. That is charming enough, but it also has boutique-style shops that will fill your heart, and cafes and food shops to guarantee you’ll shop ’til you pop.

Before we hit the shops of the Ile Saint-Louis Paris here’s a quick history morsel: It was King Louis XIII who granted a licence to build these elegant residences. Large windows and little balconies look out to views of the river Seine with rather somber facades. I find the whole place is really charming.

Unspoilt Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Straight off the plane we head for Cafe St Regis. Our most-loved cafe on the island.

Cafe Saint Regis, Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Happy to see his favourite dish still on the menu.

Cafe St Regis, in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Cafe St Regis, in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Cheers darlings, here’s to a great weekend!

Cafe St Regis, in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

The food always comes quickly and with a huge amount of cheer, and not only by us.

Cafe St Regis, in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

This chicken burger should help me work those lovely little shops after.

Cafe St Regis, in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Cafe St Regis, in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

I just got this photo taken before it was set upon by those two in the spoon…

Cafe St Regis, in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

One very frothy coffee later and I’m ready to go.

Cafe St Regis, in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

My daughter and I came to this shop on a previous trip to celebrate my recent 25th Wedding Anniversary. The lady spoke no English, me no French, but she understood me somehow and I ended up with a beautiful bouquet.

Flower shop in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Flower shop in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

I love this shop too, because he has a strictly ‘try before you buy’ attitude. Essential when buying cheese, I think. Or maybe I just love eating cheese…

Cheese-monger in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Some times you just want to potter round a shop when you need nothing what so ever. That’s what these shops are for. The men usually stand outside these ones.

Boutique style shop in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Instead they decide they must have some quality olive oil.

Olive oil shop in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

They have taken this as seriously as buying a bottle of wine.

Olive oil shop in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

20 minutes later and with noticeably soothed and replenished skin they purchased a bottle.

Olive oil shop in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Oh yes, my turn!

Boutique clothes shop in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Urm, anyone fancy a puppet?

Puppet shop in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Then ding-dong we reached this butcher.

A butcher's in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

There was much excitement by all. Well, except Charlotte to be honest.

A butchers window in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

But, look at all these awards, I tell her…

A butcher's window in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

The boys are talking of charcoal, steak and when and how.

A butcher in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

I have to say, I know little of what these are, but they do look impressive.

Inside a butcher's on the unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Inside a butcher's on the unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Turns out ‘when’ was next, and ‘how’ was like this…

 Patio space of our apartment in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

I made a dash down stairs to Amorino for some gelato.

Amorino ice-cream on unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

They make it into beautiful flower shapes. Charlotte was more impressed with this.

Amorino ice-cream on unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

The next morning, rather jaded from a big night out, we decided we needed an omelette to get us going. So, back to our old friend and neighbour Cafe St Regis.

Cafe St Regis on unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

OK it’s just me that’s jaded, these two are head to head on a quick fire Harry Potter game. Charlotte always wins, James never stops believing he can.

Cafe St Regis on unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Breakfast at Cafe St Regis in unspoiled Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Refueled and ready to stroll around Ile de la Cite, the neighbouring island. We take in the sights.

Notre Dame on ile de la Cite

Notre Dame on ile de la Cite, Paris

and beyond…

Ile de la Cite, Paris

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