Saint Germain des Pres Quarter

Saint Germain des Pres Quarter

Saint Germain des Pres Quarter
4.5
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, life is effortlessly chic and all things are beautiful. The main boulevard is dotted with famed terraced cafés, haut-couture shops, ivy-covered railings and fine-dining restaurants. Antique dealers and art galleries surround the fine art school and small museums hide in unassuming squares. The neighbourhood’s namesake church is the oldest in Paris and is the backdrop for talented musicians every weekend. The Luxembourg Gardens house the national senate, splendid lawns and flourishing flower beds. Famous faces and bourgeois Parisians frequent Saint Germain accompanied by the students of Rue Saint Guillaume and Rue des Saints-Pères. This is a neighbourhood where afternoon people-watching from a café or playing cards in a brasserie are a key part of the daily fabric.
How to get there
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés • 1 min walk
  • Mabillon • 2 min walk
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  • radharani9
    Puttaparthi, India217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still as charming as ever!
    I had a lovely long walk through saint germain on a warm day this past august. It was beautiful to walk through the quaint streets with charming boutiques and eateries. Especially enjoyed the covered areas with specialty shops.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Julie O
    Gold Coast, Australia332 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Safe and charming
    Stayed in this area on my recent solo trip to Paris. Felt very safe and quiet at night where I stayed. Abundance of restaurants to choose from and close to a lot of sights. Highly recommend this area to stay when in Paris.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,063 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Upscale, Good for Antiques
    Lots of religious buildings here, some museums and some pretty little parks. It has evolved into an upscale neighborhood with great shopping and eating. Good place to look for antiques, but beware, prices can be high. Also the HQ of the publishing industry in France. Take a guided tour, like we did.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 January 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,063 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Lots of religious buildings here, some museums and some pretty little parks. It has evolved into an upscale neighborhood with great shopping and eating. Good place to look for antiques, but beware, prices can be high. Also the HQ of the publishing industry in France. Take a guided tour, like we did.
Written 22 January 2024
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Julie O
Gold Coast, Australia332 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Stayed in this area on my recent solo trip to Paris. Felt very safe and quiet at night where I stayed. Abundance of restaurants to choose from and close to a lot of sights. Highly recommend this area to stay when in Paris.
Written 21 November 2023
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radharani9
Puttaparthi, India217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I had a lovely long walk through saint germain on a warm day this past august. It was beautiful to walk through the quaint streets with charming boutiques and eateries. Especially enjoyed the covered areas with specialty shops.
Written 13 September 2023
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK8,31,422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Located in and part of the vibrant 6th Arrondissement is the wonderful Saint Germain Des Pres Quarter .
This area is awesome ,it's got great architecture all around the various streets that make up this quarter ,walking down Boulevard Saint Germain and you can take in the great buildings that proliferate this district ,the standout structures for me are the wonderful churches ,Abbey Saint Germain Des Pres is stunning as is Eglise Saint Sulpice ,befitting such a vibrant area are great cafés,pubs,bars and restaurants ,it's a truly great area to check out if you're planning a holiday to Paris.
Written 21 June 2023
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Angelo Z
Crawford, TX322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We stayed. in the Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, glad we did.
It is centrally located to the major sites, there are lots of shops, art dealers and great restaurants. Lots of history in the local area as well . The streets are narrow so not as much traffic and its quite for Paris. Metro stops are convenient. Would definitely stay in this area again.
Written 9 May 2023
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L.Hoffman
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We heard an amazing concert and got to enjoy this beautiful church at the same time. If tickets are available while you are in Paris this was fantastic!! We heard vivaldi four seasons. The highly decorated interior was so awesome.
Written 4 April 2023
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TravelPlansbyLisa
United States107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
After our 5th time in Paris, we have decided that this is our most favorite area. We love the location but the area has a less touristy less hectic vibe than many others. We love the shopping, the hotels and the restaurants, access to museums and easy to get around the rest of Paris.
Written 8 March 2023
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The oldest church in Paris doesn`t look like that either from the outside or even more so from the inside. The church as part of the monastery was founded by Childebert I, the son of the first king of the Franks, Clovis. The symbol around which the monastery was built was a particle of the cross of the Lord (real or fake is the question), which he brought from Spain. Throughout the Middle Ages, there were battles between feudal lords for Christian artifacts: fragments of the cross, the shackles of Christ, the spear of Longinus, the shroud and thorns from the crown of Christ, etc. Rarities lower in status were associated with the apostles, even lower with the main saints like St. Catherine, St. Lucia. The higher the status of the shrine, the more pilgrims. The more pilgrims there are, the higher the income. Both direct - to monasteries, and indirect - to the service infrastructure (hotels, inns, etc.). Nothing personal, just business. Herman became the abbot of the monastery, after his death in 576, he was declared a saint. The abbot gave the name to the monastery. 'De pres' means in French in the fields, because the abbey was located outside the city walls. Since the VIII century, the abbey became owned by the Benedictines, which, however, didn`t save it from ruin by the Normans. The current building is already the result of the restoration of the XI century. In the following centuries, the abbey lived richly on income from gigantic land plots and the exploitation of peasants belonging to it. All this ended during the Great French Revolution. The first estate (clergy) aroused no less hatred than the second (nobility). The Sans-Culottes destroyed the abbey, the monks were dispersed to work in 1794. The abbey was seriously damaged by the explosion of gunpowder, because it was used as a warehouse. After the restoration of the monarchy, the church was restored, but the abbey was not. The bright frescoes are the work of the artist Hippolyte Flandrin, a student of Ingres. Flandrin abandoned the idea of restoring the old interior and from 1856 to 1861 created a new one. Architect Baltard did the same with regard to the structural elements of the building, leaving virtually nothing of the former church with the exception of the walls and one of the three towers. As in any church of this rank, noble dead are buried here. Saint-Germain des Pres boasts several kings from the Merovingian dynasty and even the Polish king John II Casimir Vasa, who, after an unsuccessful performance of royal duties, became abbot of Saint-Germain Abbey. However, the most significant person buried here is not the noble Rene Descartes at all. Looking at his grave you can say his immortal: Cogito ergo sum! I think, therefore I am.
Written 7 January 2023
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Herbert C
1,349 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Located on the Left Bank (6th arrondissement), this neighbourhood will almost certainly appear as one of the must-see attractions in Paris, and it’s easy to see why once you’ve strolled through the area. The Left Bank is synonymous with intellectuals, boutiques and historic monuments, and no neighbourhood better reflects these qualities than St-Germain-des-Prés. A perfect Parisian day would be to have breakfast at one of the many chic cafes lining its main thoroughfare, Boulevard St-Germain, before setting out to discover the treasures of this vibrant and arty neighbourhood. The Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres, the oldest abbey in Paris dating back to the 6th century located opposite the Metro exit, is the ideal starting point for your labyrinthine adventure.
Written 17 November 2022
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christine l
Amsterdam, The Netherlands68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Have been to Paris many times and usually stay in 5th Arrondissement, but stayed here this time and it is my new favorite. Lots of small shops and friendly cafes. Lovely evening strolling to people watch; have a glass of wine or a scoop of ice cream. Places open late which is wonderful. Very safe and very tidy. Close to Luxembourg Gardens if you like to exercise this is a fabulous place to run. My young adult daughter loved staying here. Highly recommend.
Written 9 July 2022
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