An area of the 6th arrondissement of Paris, Saint Germain is one of the most charming and beloved neighbourhoods in Paris. With elegant art galleries, trendy cafes, lovely restaurants, admirable boutiques and an extensive selection of museums, the area is a must see when travelling to Paris. Nestled on the church of the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the neighbourhood has had great associations of people like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir and is therefore considered the centre of the existentialist movement.
When in the beautiful city of Paris, spend your time whiling away at the cafes of Saint Germain. The neighbourhood attracts tourists from all across the world due to the extensive range of shopping, fun and relaxation options. The area is well connected to other parts of Paris from nearby metro stations Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Mabillon. We’ve compiled a list of the most popular attractions in Saint Germain so you get an idea of where to start exploring.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Luxembourg Gardens are defined by beautiful walkways, lovely looking trees, immaculate lawns and pretty flowerbeds. Surrounded by Latin Quarter and St-Germain, Luxembourg Gardens or Jardin du Luxembourg covers 23 hectares of land and is a backdrop to the Luxembourg Palace.
Originally built from French architect Salomon de Brosse’s designs and later refashioned twice by Jean Chalgrin and Alphonse de Gisors respectively, Luxembourg Palace is nestled in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. The palace is home to the French Senate since 1958.
Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe
Situated next to Jardin du Luxembourg, Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe is one of France’s six national theatres. It was constructed between the years 1779 and 1782 by Marie-Joseph Peyre and Charles De Wailly. Redesigned in the year 1808 by Jean Chalgrin and again designed for the third and final time by Pierre Thomas Baraguay.
Rue de Seine
Rue de Seine is a lovely street in the 6th arrondissement that boasts of a rich history. It is home to a wide range of antique dealers and art galleries. Come here if you are an art lover.
Established by sculptor Ossip Zadkine’s wife, Musée Zadkine is committed to her husbands work. It is home to roughly 300 sculptures along with some drawings, photographs and tapestries.
Fontaine Saint-Sulpice is an epic fountain constructed by Louis Visconti between the years 1843 and 1848. It is located in Place Saint-Sulpice in the 6th arrondissement. The fountain has four images representing the four French religious figures of the seventeenth century; Bossuet, Fénelon, Fléchier and Massillon.
These are only a selection of things to do and see in Paris. When you are here, you must explore the small streets, mix in with the locals and enjoy your stay. For the full experience, stay in a charming style serviced apartment and live like a local.