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Boulevard St. Germain

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Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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Address: Paris, France
Description: This historic street is most famous for its assortment of old cafés.
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the main artery crossing the 6th and 5th arrondissement

The part from the Chamber des Députés to the boulevard Saint Michel is relatively upmarket. The second part to the musée de l'islam is lower market. But this boulevard cuts across... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The part from the Chamber des Députés to the boulevard Saint Michel is relatively upmarket. The second part to the musée de l'islam is lower market. But this boulevard cuts across the 6th arrondissement and the quartier latin and is one of the most popular and friendly boulevard of Paris. It is bordered by many interesting restaurants and brasseries, fashion... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The Boulevard St Germaine cuts a large swathe across the 5th, 6th and 7th arrondissements on Paris's left bank. Embassies dominate the western end. Close to Solférino metro is the Ministry of Defence, built in the 1870's with it's large clocktower. Opposite is the Ministry of the Environment in an equally grand building. You will pass both when walking to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

We never miss strolling along Boulevard St. Germaine when we visit Paris. This gorgeous avenue has everything for all tastes: wonderful cafes, museums, chic boutiques, and these gorgeous typical Parisian buildings with iconic balconies - I love them so much! All my favorite spots in Paris are close to Boulevard St.Germaine: the Sorbonne, magnificent Jardin de Luxembourg, ancient and austere... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Boulevard St Germain is one of the main popular streets in Paris. Located in the sixieme arrondisement, the Boulevard is home to lots of restaurants, cafes, shops, homes and a number of hotels. The St Germain church is a beautiful building. On this street you have the iconic Les Deux Magots and Cafe de Flore restaurants. The street is also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

No, she didn't regret anything, sang the 'little sparrow, in the 1960s, echoing a mood that has always prevailed in this precinct, namely savoir-vivre. This was the haunt of black-clad existentialists surrounding Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, in debate and where Delacroix arranged musical evenings in his backyard with Fredric Chopin. This was where protagonists of the Enlightenment Movement... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Boulevard St. Germain is a wide and very busy road with lots of cafés, restaurants and high-priced shops. I guess that, for a first-time tourist to the capital city, it's "exciting" and vibrant. For the regulars, it's noisy, smelly and full of people who want to push you off the footpath! Not my sort of place at all..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Paris, the perfect place to walk and get lost in. On my walk from Notre Dame to Eiffel Tower, I found this wonderful street. Full of surprises and photo opportunities, I was devastated when my camera battery went flat, but I got a few pics. Interesting cafes, people, shops and historical buildings. Do the walk.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Nice road to walk and shop or eye-shop, but it's not that long, and I've seen much better shop roads in other countries.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is definitely worth a walk or a visit. The Boulevard is wide in parts (especially for the left bank) and there are plenty of shops and restaurants. From the Cafe de Flore down to the Sorbonne you will see a personality with a unique artistic culture flourishing. We walked parts at each end.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is a beautiful wide boulevard in what I consider the most desirable part of Paris. It is lined with some of the best shops and restaurants in paris.

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Staying in Saint-Germain-des-Pres

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Saint-Germain-des-Pres
In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, life is effortlessly chic and all things are beautiful. The main boulevard is dotted with famed terraced cafés, haut-couture shops, ivy-covered railings and fine-dining restaurants. Antique dealers and art galleries surround the fine art school and small museums hide in unassuming squares. The neighborhood’s namesake church is the oldest in Paris and is the backdrop for talented musicians every weekend. The Luxembourg Gardens house the national senate, splendid lawns and flourishing flower beds. Famous faces and bourgeois Parisians frequent Saint Germain accompanied by the students of Rue Saint Guillaume and Rue des Saints-Pères. This is a neighborhood where afternoon people-watching from a café or playing cards in a brasserie are a key part of the daily fabric.