Hailing its name from the location, around what is considered the oldest church in Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, it was once frequented by artists, writers, and intellectuals. Today this area is known to be a bit more upper class and is filled with interior design shops, high-end fashion boutiques, lavish antique dealers, and art galleries mixed in with some of the finest brasseries and cafes. Universities in the area have also attracted a glimmer of nightlife and the latest cinema.
A morning filled gathering supplies from the open markets and shops, one can wander the dusty paths of the highly manicured Jardin du Luxembourg and maybe take a seat around the reflecting pool to watch the children play with their toy sailboats. Not far, take advantage of the latest exhibit at the oldest public museum, Musée du Luxembourg or stroll along the Seine to Musée d’Orsay, the museum fashioned from a former railroad station and known for its remarkable collection of impressionist and early 20th century art.
This historical hotspot will give you a glimpse of the elite Parisian lifestyle, so dress in your best “Parisian Chic” and take an enjoyable stroll and see what the area has to offer.