As in most very touristic cities, it is hard to find good and affordable restaurants near the top sights of Paris. If you try to find a restaurant with a view over these sights, the problem gets even worse. Notre-Dame was the most visited sight in Paris. Cross the Seine river over the Saint-Louis pedestrian bridge. You are in Ile Saint-Louis, a romantic island built in the 17th century, and you face the Flore en L’Ile, a restaurant with an always crowded terrace in the summer.
The key advantages of this restaurant are its terrace, its quietness as there are no cars around, and its unique Notre-Dame view. We have lunch there regularly, preferably off season. It is really a nice and very parisian place. The food is affordable, except for the famous Berthillon ice creams, which are very expensive. The restaurant does not serve the highest gastronomy in town, but solid traditional French dishes, what first time visitors would like to taste.
The decor is lovely, the service is pleasant. You will have there a good time, especially if you book in advance one of the tables with the view. This restaurant is much debated on the internet. We are sure there are unpleasant experiences there especially when the restaurant is crowded, but, alltogether, they do a good job of maintaining these prices and quality level with such a tourist clientele passing by anyway. Keep on the good work.
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