The stylish and elegant home to Paris’ bourgeoisie, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, as it is officially known, offers a café lifestyle and boutique shopping.
Popular in the 40s and 50s with writer Jean-Paul Sartre and other existentialists, the neighborhood has preserved the cafés where they philosophized and added plenty of new ones that now overflow with trendy, upscale young professionals who toast each other with glasses of expensive wine.
The area’s main shopping street, Rue de Rennes, contains many luxury designer stores and smaller boutiques. The stylish denizens of Saint Germain take great care to look fashionable both day and night, which makes for some great people-watching.
An excellent selection of lively pubs and swanky bars and lounges provides a nighttime vibe that ranges from casual chic to upscale, and although some of the venues can still be difficult to get into, the atmosphere in Saint-Germain is never as pretentious as that found in the clubs on the Champs-Élysées.
Café / French Restaurant
Reviewed by Tara R.
"My Take: A hop, skip, and a jump from the Jardin du Luxembourg (and I have done all three), the Vavin Café is a modern twist on a classic French brass ..." more
18 Rue Vavin
Café / Bakery
Reviewed by Tara R.
"My Take: In Vienna, so they say, you can order everything with whipped cream—so, too, can you at the Pâtisserie Viennoise. And everything, as the Vien ..." more
8 rue Ecole de Médecine
Party Earth Review Right in the heart of trendy Saint Germain is Café Mabillon, a swanky spot whose claim to fame is that it’s open twenty-three hours a day. And that’s no small claim – in a city where ... more
164 Boulevard Saint-Germain
Party Earth Review The old adage says never judge a book by its cover, and patrons would certainly be missing out if they judged The Highlander by its unimpressive façade. Tucked away in a side alley ... more
8 Rue de Nevers
Party Earth Review Opened in 1968 as a gathering spot for locals during Paris’ legendary student revolt, Le Pub Saint Germain remains a neighborhood hotspot that bustles with activity both day and night ... more
17 Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie
75006 Paris, France
Reviewed by Amanda D.
"My Take: I love all things organic so I was very impressed with Marché Raspail. Food heaven is what it is! This open air market, stretching through Bo ..." more
6 Boulevard Raspail
14 Rue Jacob
Party Earth Review Part of a chain of seven Frog pubs, Frog and Princess is a no-frills sports bar that brews its own beer and is frequented by a primarily English-speaking crowd drawn in by the home ... more
9 Rue Princesse
Party Earth Review Bursting at the seams with history, Café de Flore was the old stomping ground of iconic French intellectuals Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and this unique heritage ... more
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain