Saint-Germain-des-Prés is consistently one of the most popular Paris districts to stay in.
Musée d'Orsay, Luxembourg Garden, rue de Rennes, Odeon, Les Deux Magots, Saint Sulpice, Da Vinci code, Brasserie Lipp, Boulangerie Kayser, Cafe Flore
Window shopping on rue de Rennes, unlocking the Da Vinci Code at Saint Sulpice, contemplating life as you take a café at Les Deux Magots or Cafe de Flore, breaking off the top of your Boulangerie Kayser baguette before you get home, sipping a Brasserie Lipp beer and taking in a movie at Odeon – all in a day’s activities in Saint Germain-des-Prés. And the next morning why not muse over the Impressionists at Musée d’Orsay and follow that with a picnic lunch in the Luxembourg Garden!
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Jardin du Luxembourg
- their favourite garden for many Parisians.
I just walked everywhere. It was so convenient...
... I bought a carnet of metro tickets and ended up only using one!
Kelly Mayfield, USA, September 2014 | stayed in Rue Bonaparte in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Your kids act as your guide around Musee d'Orsay - highly recommended based on personal experience!
Relaxing on the plinth outside the museum entrance
Admiring the Louvre from the river boardwalk steps between the museum and the Seine
The hop on - hop off Batobus docks right outside the museum. Did you know that Thomas Jeffersen lived in the neighbourhood?
The location is perfect with quaint, historic surroundings…
… close to major attractions such as Notre Dame, the Lourve, Marais, etc. There is a grocery just around the corner and many restaurants close by as well as shops. Ladies, there is a terrific clothing shop virtually next door to the apartment called 'Opium.'
Ellen Israel, USA, July 2014 | stayed in Rue de Buci in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Quartier des Invalides
a calm and verdant oasis behind Musee d'Orsay
- at the heart of the neighbourhood.
Les Deux Magots and Cafe de Flore
- pause in either for a cafe or a glass and debate the issues of the day. Chances are Sartre, Beauvoir, Hemingway, Camus, Picasso, Joyce or Beckett sat in the same seat!
The location of course is fabulous…
… and we really felt that we were right in the heart of things and would certainly stay in the area again.
Kathryn Scutt, Australia, October 2013 | stayed in Rue Guénégaud in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Brasserie Lipp and Cremerie Polidor
From formal brasserie to country cuisine, two of our favourite Saint Germain eating establishments.
Place de l'Odeon
- a happening place, day and night
The location could not have been better…
… a 3 minute walk to the entrance to the Musee d’Orsay, a 10 minute walk to the Louvre and the list goes on. With an amazing bakery 30 seconds down the road, a Monoprix 3 minutes away and a Metro 5 minutes away (all by walking) we had access to all the amenities we required. Not to mention the great selection of restaurants in the 10 second to 10 minute walk range.
Jeff Clement, Montreal, August 2013 | stayed in Rue du Bac IV in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Le Bon Marché - Paris' iconic department and grocery store ...
- is located on rue de Sevres, close to the art deco style Vaneau metro station.
Saint Sulpice metro and church
- brought to life in the Da Vinci Code
Saint Germain shops and restaurants have a touch of class about them!
Rue de Rennes, boulevard Saint Germain and surrounding streets are crammed with French and International branded stores.
My family love walking around Saint Germain des Pres…
… which is full of beautiful shops and fine restaurants. The closeness to Le Bon Marche was fantastic. The access to Metro was so easy and the area was quiet and safe.
Perlita Gandianco, San Francisco, May 2014 | stayed in Rue de Sèvres III in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Visitors are spoilt for choice in this neighbourhood…
… with a plethora of patisseries, bistros, restaurants as well as a supermarket, chemist, post office, a Nespresso store and even the iconic Le Bon Marche on the next corner! There are a number of Metro stations within easy walking distance which enabled us to get around Paris very conveniently. We felt very safe and secure.
Robyn Jepperson, Australia, March 2014 | stayed in Rue de Sèvres IV in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Rue du Bac - one of the city's best addresses.
For us, Saint Germain des pres is the ultimate Paris arrondissement...
… lots of music, a bubble of conversation and laughter that goes on till the early hours....wonderful! But don't come if you want an early quiet night...this is a place for enjoying, eating, drinking and making merry! We will be back soon...thank you!
John Turner and Patricia Vedmore, Bristol, UK, April 2014 | stayed in Rue de Seine III in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Saint Germain des Prés is an ideal base in central Paris from which to easily access Chateau de Versailles.
- 25 to 30 minutes on the RER C train from the stations at Saint-Michel - Notre Dame, and Musée d'Orsay