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 / 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
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
Party Earth Review A lively sports-themed joint in the popular nighttime area of Saint-Michel, The Great Canadian Pub is where homesick Canucks go for native comfort food, frosty Moosehead, and TVs tuned ... more
25 Quai Grands Augustins
Party Earth Review Anyone looking for the best in French accessories, shoes, and lingerie should head to Rue de Rennes, which is the place to go to find something for every budget. With glittering shops ... more
Rue de Rennes
16 Rue des Quatre Vents
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
Reviewed by Amanda D.
"My take: You can still smell the sex in the air at No Comment, a former swinger’s club in Champs-Elyseés. All the original décor is still in place wit ..." more
36 Rue de Ponthieu