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.
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17 Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie
75006 Paris, France