Urbane blocks dotted with smart and swish art galleries, lovely cafes, excellent restaurants, pretty boutiques and an extensive selection of museums – that’s Saint Germain. An area of the 6th arrondissement of Paris, Saint Germain is situated around the church of the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The neighbourhood was the centre of the existentialist movement and has great associations with the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
Needless to say, Saint Germain is a place with a distinct charm. You can make way to the busy and bustling crossroads of Carrefour de Buci or enjoy at the historic Cour du Commerce St-Andre, a passageway filled with cafes and restaurants.
The best way to explore Saint Germain is to spend the day whiling away at the cafes. Having been transferred from a bohemian retreat to a hub of fun, shopping and relaxation, this neighbourhood in Central Paris attracts tourists from all parts of the world. From centuries-old churches to patisseries and art galleries, Saint Germain is the place to be as time goes by.
The area is served by a couple of stations of the Paris Metro. The closest ones are Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Mabillon.