12 Photos That Will Inspire You to Explore Île de la Cité, Paris

While you may think that the Notre Dame is the only point of interest on Île de la Cité, you couldn’t be more mistaken. Walking through this island in the middle of Paris, you can find buildings covered in vines, small charming parks and winding narrow passageways. Enjoy the view across the river of the typically Parisian apartment buildings and marvel at the fact that you are on an island in a big city!

Île de la Cité Photos

Here’s 12 photos that will inspire you to explore Île de la Cité further…

Notre Dame Cathedral, Île de la Cité, Paris, France

Notre Dame, Île de la Cité
Esmerelda, Île de la Cité, Paris, France

Curving road on Île de la Cité, Paris

Small Park on Île de la Cité, Paris
Winding road on Île de la Cité, Paris

Small wine bar on Île de la Cité, Paris

Vines covering Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole, Île de la Cité
Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole Restaurant, Île de la Cité

Parisian apartment buildings along the Seine River, Île de la Cité

Île de la Cité view of the Seine River
Across the river from Île de la Cité

Points of Interest & Things to Do on Île de la Cité

Here are a few more attractions on Île de la Cité beyond the Nôtre Dame:

  • Place Dauphine: A romantic, triangular public square completed in 1616
  • Sainte-Chapelle: an ornate 13th century Gothic chapel with colorful stained-glass windows
  • Conciergerie: a 14th century former royal palace and at one time, prison
  • Pont Neuf: an arched stone bridge dating to 1607
  • Square du Vert-Galant: a tiny green park located at the western tip of the island

What are your favorite things to do on Île de la Cité?

December 28, 2018

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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We’ve stayed on il de la cite twice. There’s a few key points you’ve failed to include, such as Place Dauphine, vedettes de Pont Neuf, la grand horloge, and it’s a fantastic central hub to explore from. On a budget, Check out l’hotel Dieu. Nothing fancy but what a location for a decent rate.


Great points, Arron, I’ll update now!


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