If streets could name-drop, those in Saint Germain des Prés would have a lot to say. Everyone from Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to Boris Vian and Jean-Luc Godard has made this Left Bank district their home at one time or another. To this day, Saint Germain des Prés remains a symbol of all things literary and intellectual in Paris.
Prominent publishing houses, jazz cafes and coffee shops pepper the streets of Saint Germain, alongside famous tourist landmarks including the Café de Flore and Brasserie Lipp. This is a serene place to meet, talk, relax and think.
Not just a literary hotspot, the area also boasts more art galleries than all other Parisian districts combined. Dozens can be found across Rue Mazarine, Rue de Seine and Rue Dauphine, attracting millions of visitors every year.
In recent years Boulevard Saint Germain and the adjacent streets of Saint Fathers, Rue du Bac and Saint-Sulpice have become flagship locations for some of the world’s most prestigious brands.View all Saint-Germain-des-Prés spaces
We love the art in Saint-Germain, but the people are even more interesting.
Tom & Jade, designers
I love the village feel of the area and its trendy boutiques.
This is where I come to buy gifts and update my wardrobe.