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Apartment on Ile Saint Louis

We have the possibility of renting an apartment on Ile Saint Louis for three months in Paris. Altho my wife and I have been to Paris several times, we have never stayed in that area. The apartment is on Quai d'Orleans. Are there any downsides to staying in this location? Will we have easy access to bakeries, charcuteries, and a decent size grocery store (we like to cook at home sometimes)?
Also, we have the choice of staying from either March 1 to May 30, 2019, or April 1 to June 30, 2019. I see the potential downside of the former as perhaps having a lot more rain in March. But the downside for the latter I see as the large number of tourists who may come in June. Am I being overly concerned about the tourist onslaught on Ile Saint Louis in June? As I say, I have never stayed there. Thanks for any advice. Peter

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The question you didn't ask is can you do it.

Both of your choices involve 91 days in an apartment in Paris. I take it that you are Schengen Zone immune?

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Your other post said 2 months.

I know you are a frequent traveller to Paris and France, but I do wonder if you have run up against the 90 day limit previously.

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We can tailor our stay to avoid going beyond 90 days. Thanks for the warning. PEter

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Ile St Louis is my favorite neighborhood in Paris. You can’t find a more charming, more central area. ISL is like a small village, surrounded by the Seine and beautiful views. ISL has cafés, restaurants, bakeries, grocery store, produce store, a pharmacy, an ATM on main street, a charming church, a small park, a grammar school, and Berthillon ice cream.
From the back of Notre Dame there is a pedestrian-only bridge leading to ISL which has wonderful street entertainers.

I would choose April-May vs May-June, less tourists in Paris in April than in June.
The only part of ISL that is full of tourists in the summer months is the 1st half of the main street, the rest of the island is extremely quiet. ISL is also extremely safe. The nearest Mêtro stops are Pont Marie, St Michel and Cité - all close by.

I think you will love ISL and will be very happy there.

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Stayed on the island in 2016. Great location. Small grocery store 2 doors down from us, I hit up one of the bakeries every morning to get fresh pastries for breakfast & a dessert for the night. The one thing I did notice was by evening time some of the dessert selections were down or completely gone. That is why I would pick them up with my morning pastries.
5 more months until my return.
Enjoy your trip.

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I think that I agree with Susan on the months..... sounds like a fabulous time away...

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While April in Paris tends to be rainy and chilly, it is also the peak of the chestnuts in blossom and the end of the month is a profusion of wisteria. It is very beautiful. We were there at the end of April and all of May last year and had lovely weather and the beauty of the ubiquitous pink and white chestnuts blossoms is something to treasure.

And yeah, enforcement has really stepped up on Schengen time allowance. 90 days including day of departure and arrival. We once got delayed an hour at the airport because the Rome agent had not stamped our passport and we had to prove we had not overstayed. It was day 89 of our trip. I was able to produce airline tickets and hotel receipt from Rome; the guy pulled with us missed the plane -- I don't know if he had overstayed or couldn't provide evidence of how long he had been in Europe.

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Kudos to you janet for being so resourceful. I doubt that I would have been able to produce proof on the spot like that.

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This is a great neighborhood. Have stayed here and return to revisit favorite restaurants on other trips. It can be a busy area as it is a desirable area. I didn't notice a bigger grocery store, but I am sure there is something you can get to by foot or bus. I certainly would love a nice long stay here.

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gdr, there is a small grocery store on the main street which has everything a tourist would need. As i posted above, ISL is only sometimes busy on the first half of the main street. Even in summer months it’s practically empty everywhere else on the island.

I’ve stayed here many times for as long as a month. It’s a great neighborhood.