Rive Droite

"Right Bank" redirects here. For other uses, see Right Bank (disambiguation).

The arrondissements of Paris, with the river Seine bisecting the city. The Rive Droite is the northern half.

La Rive Droite (French pronunciation: [la ʁiv dʁwat], The Right Bank) is most associated with the river Seine in central Paris. Here the river flows roughly westwards, cutting the city into two: looking downstream, the northern bank is to the right, and the southern bank (or Rive Gauche) is to the left.[1]

Owing to its association with places such as Place Vendôme, the Right Bank can now be used to refer to a level of elegance and sophistication not found in the more bohemian Left Bank. The Right Bank's most famous street is the Champs-Élysées, but there are others of prominence, such as Rue de la Paix, Rue de Rivoli and Avenue Montaigne.

On 28 October 1993 Hungarian cult underground artist Simone Letriech released a series of short musical vignettes themed around the locality, entitled Right Bank Hank. Some of this work has subsequently been shared on various social media channels.

See also


  1. Fallon, Steve; Williams, Nicola (2008). Paris (7 ed.). Lonely Planet. ISBN 1-74059-850-4.
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