Boutique-style shops on the Ile Saint-Louis Paris are utterly charming. There are also cafés and food shops stuffed full of quality and local produce. There is a beautiful street that runs through the length of this beautiful island which sits at the heart of Paris. It is full of unspoiled 17th century residencies and looks unchanged for hundreds of years. It is definitely an area of Paris worth visiting.
Before we hit the shops of the Ile Saint-Louis here’s a quick history lesson – 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.
Straight off the plane we head for Cafe St Regis. Our most-loved cafe on the island.
Andy was happy to see his favourite dish still on the menu.
There is always wine on a Parisian menu and good wine is plentiful.
Cheers darlings, here’s to a great weekend!
The food always comes quickly here and with a huge amount of cheer, and not only by us, but by the waiters too!
This chicken burger should help me work those lovely little shops on the Ile Saint-Louis after.
I just got this photo taken before it was set upon by those two in the spoon…
One very frothy coffee later and I’m ready to go.
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. We didn’t go in this time but waved in as we went by. Not sure if she remembered us, but we are very fond of this little place now.
I love this shop too, because he has a strictly ‘try before you buy’ attitude. Essential when buying cheese, I think. You’ll smell it before you see it.
Sometimes, it’s just wonderful to potter round a shop when you need nothing what so ever.
As we are staying in an apartment nearby the boys decide they must have some quality olive oil.
They have taken this as seriously as buying a bottle of wine.
20 minutes later, with noticeably soothed and replenished skin, they purchased a bottle.
There are a number of classy cloths shops for ladies.
Rather oddly there was a puppet shop. It works tho’ because they are really traditional, if slightly creepy!
We reached a very popular high class butchers.
Being foodies there was much excitement by all. Well, except Charlotte to be honest. But, the rest of us were mentally planning the next three dinners to cook.
Look at all these awards..!
The boys are talking of charcoal, steak and when and how. There were 3 butcher men busily taking orders.
I have to say, I know little of what these are, but they do look impressive.
We returned to our apartment, which we picked because it has roof top balconies.
In no time steak from the butchers was sizzling for tea.
After a dinner of steak, salad and potatoes we made a dash downstairs back to the shops on the Ile Saint-Louis, where we had spotted Amorino. They serve delicious (and pretty) gelato.
They make it into beautiful flower shapes…
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.
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.
Re-fueled and ready to stroll around Ile de la Cite, the neighbouring island. We are ready to take in the sights.