A visit to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district in the historic centre of Paris

Saint-Germain-des-Prés has long been the centre of intellectual life in Paris, the district was famous for its bookshops and cafés where artists could meet and remake the world. The major publishing houses were all located in the area. Today there are only a few bookshops left and the cafés attract mainly tourists. Saint-Germain-des-Prés remains nevertheless a district where it is pleasant to walk with many restaurants and small shops.

Interest: very good (2 users)
Duration: 2  h.

A bookstore

The district had many independent bookstores, unfortunately they are gradually disappearing.

The Odeon Theatre

The Odeon Theatre was inaugurated in 1782. It is now a theatre run by the French state presenting contemporary plays reserved for a small Parisian elite.

A pedestrian street


It is very pleasant to walk around the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. You can find many restaurants.

The Café de Flore

The Café de Flore was the meeting place for many writers in the 1930s. Today you will only meet tourists who pay a lot of money for ordinary dishes. The price of a salad : 8 euros.

The Deux Magots

Les Deux Magots is located right next to the Café de Flore, it was also the meeting place of writers. It also lives on its history.

The Saint-Germain-des-Prés church

Very nice interior with beautiful colors. To see

The Saint-Germain-des-Prés church

The church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the oldest churches in Paris. Its construction began in 543.

The Procope

The Procope is the oldest café in Paris, it was created in 1686. It is now a restaurant.