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A question about Left Bank Neighborhoods

Good day all!

I am having a hard time deciding where to book an apartment for our stay in May 2018. Our choices are near to each other on the Left Bank. One is located on Rue Monge, very near the open market, and the other one is one Rue St. Jacques very near to Shakespeare and Co. We are a high energy couple in our 40's. Could you give me pros and cons of each? Both are almost the exact same price for 8 days. I am interested in knowing about each neighborhood. Thanks a million!

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  • Holly King

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    We stayed for 6 weeks in Paris and stayed in an Airbnb. Went to church, asked around at the mall, visited the local farmers markets and began to have "routine". I would not say you would become a local but you would run into some of the same people and perhaps become friendlier with them. One of the locals would have better fruit for us, put things aside and we would bring "presents" for him, he would then return the favor and give us things for free. I tried to learn the language and most appreciate it. Do what you can to be polite, friendly and inquisitive without too intrusive. I found that people love to show off their neighborhood, their favorite places to dine and go, etc. Have fun!


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  • Romain Stevens

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    Hello Alexis

    For a quick and easy answer, go to rue saint Jacques :

    - Closer to "Odéon" by foot

    - Closer to "Luxembourg Garden"

    - Closer to Saint-Germain-des-Prés

    - Closer to the metro

    Nevertheless both adress are great

    I m 36 years old, and lived on Paris since the age of 1

    Enjoy your stay

    And if you choose another place , I know / which / hope that you will love it and have a good Time !

    Which you all the best in my great City ;)

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  • Stuart Watson

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    Decide on the basis of proximity to a Metro station.

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  • John Sappington

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    I think Christopher hit it on the head. The area around Shakespeare and Company is more central and closer to the major tourist attractions, but it has something of a party feel, especially as you get over to the Place Saint-Michel The area around Place Monge is a little farther from the major sights, but has the neighborhood services- the market, the butcher, the baker, etc. There are good metro connections to the sights from there. If you want to do some cooking and have a little more of a "living-in-Paris" experience, it might be the place for you.

    If you do choose the Place Monge area (or even if you don't), there is a little gem of a restaurant called Lilane a block or two from the Place Monge.

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  • Christopher Frame

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    Is this your first time in paris? And how do you like to travel? Knowing that will help. While both of those are beautiful areas, and both are they’re touristic, one is less so. Shakespeare and Company is very close to all the bars by Rue de la Huchette and Pont Saint-Michel. Rue Monge less so and is close to the Roman ruins of Arènes de Lutèce and, of course, the markets. If you’re looking for more a neighborhood feel, rue Monge would be a better bet.

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