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Ile Saint-Louis from Paris. Past and present residents are actor Daniel Auteuil, pianist Frédéric Chopin, poet Charles Baudelaire, artist Eugène Delacroix, baron Guy de Rothschild and painter Emile Bernard

Is this the most magical Airbnb location in Paris? The joys of renting on Ile Saint-Louis, the island on the Seine that presidents, poets and painters have called home

  • Famous residents from the present and past include actor pianist Frédéric Chopin and poet Charles Baudelaire
  • What it lacks in "sights", it more than makes up for with cozy bars and restaurants and striking houses
  • One of the best places on the island for a bite to eat is the homely and hip bistro Café St Regis
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If the Ile Saint-Louis in Paris is good enough for the former president of France, Georges Pompidou, then it is good enough for me.

It is the smaller of the two natural islands of the Seine – the other is the adjacent Notre-Dame island of Ile de la Cite – and has proven to be a coveted nesting site, not just for the aforementioned Mr. Pompidou, but for a multiple of rich, famous, decadent and bohemian types over the years.

Famous residents from past and present are actor Daniel Auteuil, pianist Frédéric Chopin, poet Charles Baudelaire, artist Eugène Delacroix, baron Guy de Rothschild and painter Emile Bernard.

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Ile Saint-Louis from Paris. Past and present residents are actor Daniel Auteuil, pianist Frédéric Chopin, poet Charles Baudelaire, artist Eugène Delacroix, baron Guy de Rothschild and painter Emile Bernard

Ile Saint-Louis from Paris. Past and present residents are actor Daniel Auteuil, pianist Frédéric Chopin, poet Charles Baudelaire, artist Eugène Delacroix, baron Guy de Rothschild and painter Emile Bernard

And a surprise, because this is Paris in its most intriguing, picturesque, elegant, romantic and village-like way.

What it lacks in "sights", it more than makes up for with cozy bars and restaurants, striking houses with shutters, boutiques – and a respected ice cream parlor.

One of the best places on the island for a bite to eat is the homely and hipster bistro Café St Regis, located exactly at the end of the island overlooking a corner of Notre Dame.

We enjoyed exploring the brunch and lunch menus (especially the ravioles were superb) – and the excellent wines by the glass list.

The ice cream parlor that I mentioned is none other than Berthillon.

One of the best places on the island for a bite to eat is the homely and hip bistro Café St Regis
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One of the best places on the island for a bite to eat is the homely and hip bistro Café St Regis

One of the best places on the island for a bite to eat is the homely and hip bistro Café St Regis

Ile Saint-Louis is Paris in its most intriguing, picturesque, elegant, romantic and village-like way

Ile Saint-Louis is Paris in its most intriguing, picturesque, elegant, romantic and village-like way

Ile Saint-Louis is Paris in its most intriguing, picturesque, elegant, romantic and village-like way

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If you want to arrive in real style from London from Paris, look no further than Eurostar's Business Premier service

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You get large, luxurious seats and restaurant-standard food.

Raymond Blanc, the chef whose dazzling talents above a stove earned him two Michelin stars at Le Manoir aux Quat & Saisons in Oxfordshire, was personally checked on the menu.

His dishes for Eurostar are top notch and it is such a pleasure to eat a meal in a train with the right cutlery.

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  • Generous baggage allowance – two bags / suitcases and hand luggage.

People come from all over the city to enjoy the joys.

But even if you don't have a target store or bistro on the island in mind, it's a wonderful place for a saunter. My company and I (partner, daughter and grandmother) wandered back and forth, staring at passing boats, reading about famous residents on blue plates and daydreaming about what house or apartment we would buy if our numbers came in (real estate is not there & # 39; cheap).

We also ventured further afield, with walks to the impressive Pantheon, the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg and the river on which we Bateaux Mouches tour boat. My daughter immediately fell asleep as we passed some of the most famous sights of Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to the Musee du Louvre.

Ile Saint-Louis (on the right of this image) is the smaller of the two natural islands of the Seine - the other is the adjacent Notre-Dame island Ile de la Cite

Ile Saint-Louis (on the right of this image) is the smaller of the two natural islands of the Seine - the other is the adjacent Notre-Dame island Ile de la Cite

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Ile Saint-Louis (on the right of this image) is the smaller of the two natural islands of the Seine – the other is the adjacent Notre-Dame island Ile de la Cite

Deviant is one of the best wine bars in Paris

Deviant is one of the best wine bars in Paris

Deviant is one of the best wine bars in Paris

The trendy Marais district is also a striking distance from the island. We grabbed a prime table outside at La Place Royale, where they serve first-class coffee in silver pots.

There were no crazy nights out, but one night Grandma organized a babysitter for an excursion to one of the best wine bars in town – Deviant, just 25 minutes away via a single metro ride to Poissoniere.

A good time was had – the intriguing wine list is expertly put together and the atmosphere cozy – but it was really exciting to return.

I got goosebumps when we crossed the river from the nearby Pont Marie metro station back to our island Airbnb home, walking in the footsteps of poets, pianists and politicians.

As locations go, it was just magical.

TRAVEL FACTS

Click here to see a large number of Airbnb options for Ile Saint-Louis.

Visit www.eurostar.com for information about train times and prices from London to Paris.

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