Saint-Germain-de-Pres is located in the heart of Paris. It was the center of the existentialist movement at a time when it was frequented by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. The community is proud of this aspect of its history, and in 2000 the area in front of the famous church where Bonaparte Street crosses the Boulevard Saint-Germain-de-Pres was renamed the Square of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. In the centre of this chic and fashionable district is the Church of Saint-Germain-de-Pres, which once belonged to the abbey of the same name.
Gare du Nord station offers direct access to the Saint-Germain-des-Pr’s metro station via Line 4. Stepping out of the subway, you will immediately find yourself in front of an impressive old church. However, if you look around, you can see the chic boutiques, arthouse cinemas, bookstores, lively bars and cafes, which are now more typical of the area.
Saint-Germain-de-Pres is directly connected to the Northern Station, making it a profitable area to live in Paris. This means that all the major tourist attractions are very easy to reach, even those that are not necessarily nearby.
In addition to the famous Church of Saint-Germain-de-Pres, the church of Saint-Sulphis is nearby. The Church of Saint-Sulphis deserves a visit on its own, but it is also home to a famous and historically significant church organ, one of three in the world.
Seine is less than a 20-minute walk from the main shopping district. This is not only an attractive stretch of river, but also a great place to take a boat that takes you on a cruise through the sights of Paris on the water. You can also stroll along the Seine to the Eiffel Tower, relax in the beauty and tranquility of the river before challenging the crowds of tourists at the tower.
If you come to Paris for a nightlife or a shopping experience, Saint-Germain-de-Pres is a great place for you. In addition to exclusive designer boutiques, there are also large stores with branded goods. Of course, there are cafes, restaurants and bars where you can dine, or you can sit outside one of the cafes with a cup of espresso and watch the world.
The area really comes alive at night with lots of bars and restaurants serving a wide variety of people. Two of the most famous historic bars in the area are the Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots. Both are busy and lively all year round. There are many restaurants where you can start your evening. It is worth stepping out of the tourist streets to see where the locals eat. It will be not only better, but also much cheaper. The French tend to go somewhere later than in the UK, so if you continue to go to a bar or nightclub after a meal, remember that they won’t be busy until 1am. They then stay open and busy until 6 or 7 a.m.