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Things to do in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Neighbourhood
“A visit to the area should begin with the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Its tower and nave constitute some of the oldest Parisian vestiges of Romanesque architecture (11th and 12th centuries). Music lovers will appreciate its rich musical programme. Amongst the luxury boutiques and art galleries that may be found in the area, enjoy a break at one of the terraces of the area’s most iconic cafes: the Café de Flore, the Deux Magots, and the brasserie Lipp, the meeting places of the artists and intellectuals since the early 20th century.”
  • 233 locals recommend
Café
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“Famous French café. Expect to see older cool French people and hip tourists come here. It’s a place to be seen so the price tag comes with it. ”
  • 238 locals recommend
Café
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“Café Les Deux Magots, is possibly the most famous left bank café along with the Café de Flore which is just around the corner on the Boulevard St. Germain. (Hemmingway, Sartre and Simone de Beauvoirall frequented the Deux Magots, whereas Picasso liked the Flore ).”
  • 108 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“They have shops in a few other places in the city, but I like the one in the 6th best. This is the place to buy your macarons in Paris. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Bistro
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“An iconic establishment. It serves to those seeking an original and hip atmosphere. Dating back to the Bohemian stage of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, La Palette is the Parisian Café to discover. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
Brasserie
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“The Brasserie LIPP founded in 1880 by Léonard LIPP has become over the decades the meeting place for artistic, literary, political and journalistic Paris. Where the film stars and theatre meet, you would need to go late though if you hope to see some one famous!!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“ A very nice spot if you want to have a drink or cocktail in the typical Saint Germain des Prés area.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“They only serve two things here: steak and fries. No reservations so come early”
  • 62 locals recommend
Bar
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“Just around the corner in a small street full of the Frenchest of French Cafés”
  • 45 locals recommend
Church
“Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés just beyond the outskirts of early medieval Paris, was the burial place of Merovingian kings of Neustria. At that time, the Left Bank of Paris was prone to flooding from the Seine, so much of the land could not be built upon and the Abbey stood in the middle of meadows, or prés in French, thereby explaining its appellation.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The very unknown Museum Delacroix is located in the old house of the painter. It's a 5 minute walk, go for a walk.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Historical district with hundreds of excellent dining & drinking options. Don't hesitate to explore the adjacent streets!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“ 14 Rue Lobineau ( à coté ) Mark & Spencer Food - Apple store - Uniqulo ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Hotel
“For a more touristy, noisy walk, walk on the rue Buci which has a couple of good cafés and a Taschen bookstore which is worth visiting for cheap, high-quality art books, and good looking art students.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Best bar in the World, according to the Gurdian ! A dingy, smoky cellar bar. Walking into Chez Georges is like finding yourself on the set of a Truffaut film. It’s full of effortlessly cool people who don’t seem to be up themselves, which of course makes them seem even cooler. Early evening everyone is huddled round tiny tables drinking red wine out of glass tumblers or squeezed on to sofas. Come closing time the floor is a mass of flailing limbs and nodding heads.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Modern European Restaurant
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“The perfect place for a night out in the Latin Quarter/Saint-Germain, Semilla offers seasonal creative French food and wine with a lively openkitchen. My #1 place on the left bank!”
  • 27 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Café Les Deux Magots, is possibly the most famous left bank café along with the Café de Flore which is just around the corner on the Boulevard St. Germain. (Hemmingway, Sartre and Simone de Beauvoirall frequented the Deux Magots, whereas Picasso liked the Flore ).”
  • 108 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
“They have shops in a few other places in the city, but I like the one in the 6th best. This is the place to buy your macarons in Paris. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Bistro
“An iconic establishment. It serves to those seeking an original and hip atmosphere. Dating back to the Bohemian stage of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, La Palette is the Parisian Café to discover. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
Brasserie
“The Brasserie LIPP founded in 1880 by Léonard LIPP has become over the decades the meeting place for artistic, literary, political and journalistic Paris. Where the film stars and theatre meet, you would need to go late though if you hope to see some one famous!!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“They only serve two things here: steak and fries. No reservations so come early”
  • 62 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Best bar in the World, according to the Gurdian ! A dingy, smoky cellar bar. Walking into Chez Georges is like finding yourself on the set of a Truffaut film. It’s full of effortlessly cool people who don’t seem to be up themselves, which of course makes them seem even cooler. Early evening everyone is huddled round tiny tables drinking red wine out of glass tumblers or squeezed on to sofas. Come closing time the floor is a mass of flailing limbs and nodding heads.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Modern European Restaurant
“The perfect place for a night out in the Latin Quarter/Saint-Germain, Semilla offers seasonal creative French food and wine with a lively openkitchen. My #1 place on the left bank!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best sandwiches you will find in the neighborhood. Many vegetarian options. Great salads. Eat in or take away.”
  • 34 locals recommend

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