Top things to do

Top Choice Cathedral in The Islands

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Paris' most visited unticketed site, with upwards of 14 million visitors per year, is a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. The focus of Catholic Paris for seven centuries, its vast interior accommodates 6000…
Top Choice Chapel in The Islands


Try to save Sainte-Chapelle for a sunny day, when Paris’ oldest, finest stained glass is at its dazzling best. Enshrined within the Palais de Justice (Law Courts), this gem-like Holy Chapel is Paris’ most exquisite …
Top Choice Ice Cream in The Islands


Founded here in 1954, this esteemed glacier (ice-cream maker) is still run by the same family today. Its 70-plus all-natural, chemical-free flavours include fruit sorbets (pink grapefruit, raspberry and rose) and ri…
Top Choice Cafe in The Islands

Café Saint Régis

Waiters in long white aprons, a ceramic-tiled interior and retro vintage decor make hip Le Saint Régis a deliciously Parisian hang-out any time of day – for eating or drinking. From breakfast pastries, organic eggs …
Top Choice Food & Drinks in The Islands

38 Saint Louis

Not only does this contemporary, creamy white-fronted fromagerie (cheese shop) run by young, dynamic, food-driven duo Didier Grosjean and Thibault Lhirondelle have an absolutely superb selection of first-class Frenc…
Top Choice Market in The Islands

Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II

Blooms have been sold at this flower market since 1808, making it the oldest market of any kind in Paris. On Sunday, it transforms into a cacophonous bird market, the Marché aux Oiseaux.
Bakery in The Islands


'Createur de plaisir' (creator of pleasure) is the titillating strapline of this contemporary, street-smart boulangerie (bakery) where glass cabinets burst with feisty savoury tarts and quiches, jumbo salads, giant …
Modern French in The Islands


At home in a chic steel-grey dining room with 1950s-style banquet-seating on Île de la Cité's southwestern tip, sleek Sequana evokes the Gallo-Roman goddess of the River Seine. In the kitchen are well-travelled Phil…
Modern French in The Islands

Le Caveau du Palais

Even when the western Île de la Cité shows few other signs of life, the Caveau's half-timbered dining areas and (weather permitting) alfresco terrace are packed with diners tucking into bountiful fresh fare: pan-sea…
Bridge in The Islands

Pont Neuf

Paris’ oldest bridge, misguidingly named 'New Bridge', has linked the western end of Île de la Cité with both riverbanks since 1607, when the king, Henri IV, inaugurated it by crossing the bridge on a white stallion…