Recommendation by Lemi
Just a little east of the Île Saint-Louis, a third island is hidden from plain sight. To see it, you’d have to travel back in time before 1874. The Île Louviers was once an islet used as a pasture before being leased to timber merchants for storage. Eventually, it was filled in by soil and paved by the city government, connecting it to the rest of the Fourth Arrondissement. The Pavillon de l’Arsenal is an entire museum dedicated to the founding of Paris. After exploring, cap off your museum visit with an espresso at the corner bistro, Le Sully. Île Louviers may be small, but it has something for culture geeks, poetry lovers, and comic book buffs alike. Attend a poetry festival at Le Printemps de Poètes (The Spring of Poets) or buy vintage comics at Comics Culture. You’ll find it’s the quiet corners of the city that bring the most charm.
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