attractions in saint germain
Attractions in Saint Germain
Luxembourg Gardens are all about beautiful walkways, charming trees, immaculate lawns and flowerbeds. The famous attraction borders Latin Quarter and St-Germain. Covering 23 hectares of land, the beautiful gardens are a backdrop to the Luxembourg Palace constructed in the 1620s.
Located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, Luxembourg Palace was originally built to the designs of French architectSalomon de Brosse. The palace was refashioned by Jean Chalgrin and made into a legislative building. Later on, it was remodelled by Alphonse de Gisors.
The palace is home to the French Senate since 1958 and is also a famous tourist attraction.
MuséeZadkine is a museum committed to the work of sculptor OssipZadkine. It was established by Zadkine’s wife who willed her assets and personal collection to Paris. MuséeZadkine was inaugurated in 1982 following her demise.
Today, it contains approximately 300 sculptures along with some drawings, photographs and tapestries.
Situated close to Jardin du Luxembourg, the museum also houses a fine garden.
Situated in Place Saint-Sulpice in the 6th arrondissement, Fontaine Saint-Sulpice is a monumental fountain constructed by Louis Visconti between the years 1843 and 1848. The fountain has four images that represent Bossuet, Fénelon, Fléchier and Massillon, the four French religious figures of the seventeenth century.
Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe
One of France’s six national theatres, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe is located on the bank of the Seine next to Jardin du Luxembourg. It was originally constructed between the years 1779 and 1782 in a neoclassical design by Marie-Joseph Peyre and Charles De Wailly.
The theatre was redesigned in the year 1808 by Jean Chalgrin and was then designed for the third and final time by Pierre Thomas Baraguay. The new structure was opened in 1819.
Rue de Seine
A street in the 6tharrondissement, Rue de Seine boasts of a rich and profound history, close to some very famous Parisian landmarks such as Café de Flore and Les DeuxMagots. Rue de Seine is home to a plethora of antique dealers and art galleries. Popular fashion stores such as Hugo Boss and Dior are also found in the vicinity.
The hub of art and culture, Rue de Seine is a must-visit for everyone who comes to experience the authentic Parisian spirit.
Cafes & Restaurants in Saint Germain
A Mexican restaurant in Saint Germain-des-Prés, Fajitas attracts young people who are willing to experiment with innovative food. The restaurant is owned by a Mexican/American couple.
If you relish the tastes and flavours of Tex-Mex, it isn’t worth a miss.
An authentic Japanese restaurant in the 6th arrondissement, Yen boasts of a wide range of Japanese delicacies and a minimalist decor. The white flag outside will be sure to catch your attention.
Le Salon d’Helene
Basque chef-owner Helene Darroze brings to you tapas-style dining and some really authentic delicacies at this salon. The place deserves a special mention owed to the effort that is put in preparing every delicacy.
Head to Fogón for the ambiance, the culture and the aura. The Spanish restaurant on the banks of the river Seine brings Spain on the platter.
Bread & Roses
Located on the cusp of the Luxembourg Gardens, Bread & Roses is where you get an extensive range of breads and pastries. Among other things, the bakery offers tarts filled with strawberry, breads stuffed with fruits and puff pastries with onions and tomatoes.
A tavern in the 6th arrondissement, L’AvantComptoir serves imaginative tapas from France. The macarons of boudin noir and brochettes of foiegras are must-tries.