Dive into the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés: A journey into the iconic neighborhood.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, is a neighborhood rich in history and culture. A vibrant area during the French Revolution, an intellectual and artistic center in the 1940s and 1950s, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is renowned for its cafes, art galleries, and trendy boutiques. Here are some must-visit places to fully enjoy your visit to this iconic neighborhood in the French capital.

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  • The historical and cultural attractions

The Saint-Germain-des-Prés church and the former abbey district

Here, you are in the heart of what we commonly call the Saint-Germain village. Built during the 6th century, this church is the oldest in Paris. It belonged to the important Saint-Germain abbey. Destroyed, rebuilt, bombed, restored many times... it has undergone numerous modifications since its construction. Its bell tower, dating back to the 11th century, is one of the oldest in France. The mural paintings inside, typical of Romanesque art, have recently been restored and alone are worth a visit to Saint-Germain.

As you leave the church, continue your visit by taking Rue de l'Abbaye. This will immerse you in a medieval Paris, with its narrow and charming streets. Nearby, Place Furstenberg, a former roundabout for the abbey's carriages, is often described as the smallest and oldest in Paris. In one corner of the square is the final home of the painter Eugène Delacroix. This house, now a museum, can be visited for free!

Saint-Sulpice Church

Built between the 17th and 18th centuries, the Saint-Sulpice Church is one of the largest churches in Paris. Its size is nearly equal to that of Notre-Dame! In fact, it was built with the aim of having a grand church on the left bank of the Seine. It houses magnificent works of art, including frescoes by Delacroix and sculptures by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle.

Have you noticed that the towers of the façade are different? The first of the two, the one on the right, did not please the organizers. They asked another architect to design the one on the left. It was more pleasing, and it was decided that the tower on the right would be demolished and replaced. The Revolution came, and the tower was never replaced.

Art Galleries

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is renowned for its numerous art galleries, showcasing both contemporary artists and old masters. Among the galleries not to be missed are Perahia Gallery, Hom Nguyen, Applicat-Prazan, and Bayart Gallery.

Luxembourg Gardens

Just a few steps from Saint-Sulpice Church, head over to the Luxembourg Gardens, one of the most beautiful parks in Paris. Parisians especially love to relax there on sunny days. Whether it's for a nap, a picnic with friends, or a romantic rendezvous, any reason is good to enjoy this magnificent park.

In the 17th century, the state purchased the Duke of Luxembourg's mansion to build the palace for Queen Marie de Médicis, wife of King Henry IV. The Queen, of Italian origin, ordered the construction of an Italian-style castle. For this purpose, she invited the most renowned European artists of their time to decorate her palace. The gigantic canvases by Rubens, created at the request of Marie de Médicis, are now housed in the Louvre.

  • Good addresses that are both gourmet and cultural.

Café de Flore à Saint Germain
    • Le Café de Flore This mythical café, frequented by intellectuals and artists of the 20th century, is a must-visit spot for a drink or to taste a typically Parisian dish.
    • Les Deux Magots and the Brasserie Lipp, two neighboring cafes to the Flore, with late 19th-century art deco decoration.. are also known to be frequented by the Parisian elite.
    • Le Procope, located on rue de l'ancienne comédie since 1686, is the oldest restaurant in Paris. The decor has hardly changed since the Revolution! You can taste dishes like veal head, a typical Parisian dish from the late 18th century.". .
    • Le Comptoir du Relais This friendly restaurant (located not far from Odéon metro station) offers quality traditional French cuisine, made from fresh and local products, including delicious meats. Ideal for lunch!
    • The market on rue de Buci and the restaurants nearby An iconic place in the neighborhood, this covered market will allow you to find many local and artisanal products. Among the nearby restaurants, you should find something to your liking. The picturesque and family-friendly restaurant Le Petit Vatel is our favorite. In the streets Princesse, Guisarde, and des Cannettes – particularly lively on weekends – you will find many relaxed bars. A charming neighborhood, perfect for having fun with friends and meeting new people!

    Advice : To make sure you don't miss anything in this fantastic neighborhood, get yourself accompanied by a guide! To do this, contact the Parisi Tour Team.

    Visiting Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a journey through the history and culture of Paris while enjoying its charms and good addresses. Don't hesitate to let your curiosity guide you to explore the streets and hidden places of this unique neighborhood!



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