Rue Jacob
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This charming traditional Parisian street is full of small boutiques and cafés.
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Neighborhood: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
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.
How to get there
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés • 3 min walk
  • Mabillon • 4 min walk
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Tulip1960
New York City, NY49 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
I was disappointed to see all the very high priced and high faluten stores on rue Jacob. I had not been there in 23 years and remembered it as a cute and charming street in St. Germain. The salesperson in the Caspari store was icy cold - when I walked in she shot me a look that suggested that my presence was bothersome. When I showed her two packages of napkins I was trying to decide between she merely shrugged her shoulders. I should have walked out then and there. The proprietress of a kitchen store that was closing down and moving to Provence was similarly unfriendly. Hmmmf.
Written October 19, 2023
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John F
Buckinghamshire, UK504 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
I'm a bit biased - I have an apartment on Rue Jacob. The street does not immediately strike you as a thing of beauty, but research the history (famous former residents) and look up at the buildings and you will begin to realise the history of this unremarkable collection of properties.
Our building was finished in the year that the French Revolution began - and there is a secret passage that runs from the basement to the Eglise de St Germain (one of the oldest churches in Paris).
On a practical front go to Rue de Buci (at one end of Rue Jacob). Ignore the tourist tat and explore some of the small side roads. Go to Le Pre aux Clercs (on the corner of Rue Jacob and Rue Bonaparte) for lunch, dinner, - or just a coffee and a drink. The prices are low, the quality is high.
Go and look at Rue Furstemberg (the "m " is correct, but often replaced with an "n") and take a photo of Place de Furstenberg, probably the prettiest square in Paris.
While there, call in at Flamant (designer shop) and be amazed at just how big this shop is.
The Josephine bakery makes some of the best baguettes in Paris.
Written August 28, 2017
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Lourdes C
Miami, FL379 contributions
Jun 2016
First visited 20 years ago and fell in love with this quaint and typically Parisian street.
Rue Jacob in the 6eme arrondisement is an elegant, lovely street in the center of Paris. It is close to the Seine and runs between Rue des Saints Peres and Rue de Seine. We stay at the Danube Hotel that is on 58 Rue Jacob
Beautiful boutique shops, galleries, restaurants, cafés, bars, bakeries like Josephine Bakery, and St Emilion shop …...everything is just so beautifully presented.
Laduree tea room stands at #21 Rue Bonaparte at the corner of Rue Jacob great for macaroons and tea it is fantastic and chic.
The tiny shop next door selling Art Deco/Retro jewelry has fantastic & unusual pieces.
Gab & Jo at #28 is great to buy Made-in-France items. We bought a watch for my husband with changeable watch band
This street is where Benjamin Franklin signed the Treaty of Paris and James Whistler first stayed after arriving in Paris
Would highly recommend this area for your stay in St Germaine….this area really is a hidden gem.!!!!

Written August 19, 2016
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Geoff F
Essex,Ct8 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
Rue Jacob is a small street on the left bank with a lot of history...I have stayed at two fine , boutique hotels on rue Jacob--the Danube and d'Angleterre(not sure I spelled the latter correctly)..this is the street where Benj. Franklin signed the Treaty of Paris and James Whistler first found rooms after arriving in Paris....there is a wonderful group of shops..directly across from d'Angleterre is a small restaurant that is 5 star...7 or 8 tables..small but great lamb!.My recommendation--find this street and settle in...
Written December 25, 2012
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,683 contributions
Mar 2016 • Solo
I do not consider Rue Jacob to be a "destination" street in Paris, but it is worth walking at least part of it when exploring elegant St. Germain des Pres. If I'm in the area, I like to window shop here, looking into art galleries, antique shops and boutiques. And I often enter Gab & Jo at #28 to buy one or more of the store's distinct Made-in-France items, such as Marseille soap and cheese slicers, to bring to friends back home.

For those who like macarons, a Laduree shop stands at 21 Rue Bonaparte at the corner of Rue Jacob. Laduree seems to be popular with many tourists, but I prefer the macarons sold at Carette (Place des Vosges and Trocadero), because they are not as sweet as the ones at Laduree.

A quick detour south on Rue Furstenberg from Rue Jacob leads quickly to Place de Furstenberg, a charming square (actually a circle) with tall trees. The Eugene Delacroix museum stands nearby and is worth a visit. This is where the artist lived and painted between 1857 and 1863.

Rue Jacob is close to the Seine and runs between Rue des Saints Peres and Rue de Seine.
Written March 25, 2016
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Ascott150
Melbourne, Australia1,414 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
We stayed around the corner a few times and have realized over time that this street has more to offer than first meets the eyes.
It does not have the "oh wow" factor of a number of other places. But if you are living or staying in the area, it has a number of things going for it. It does have some interesting shops, including the various antique, galleries and St Emilion shop.
Clearly, it is not worth a separate visit, but on the way to Musee d'Orsay or to or from the Left Bank to the Louvre, etc, it is a worthwhile wandre at the right times of day. That means that yopu expect shops to be closed for lunch an a bit after.
Written October 10, 2013
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Jackie S
Argyll, Scotland227 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Wandering through the Left Bank streets of Paris, narrow streets of town houses, ground floors turned into shops and cafés with frequent associations to the avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s, rue Jacob is part of the intellectual centre of Paris which still fascinates the visitor, even if streets like this seem to belong to a bygone era. and emanate a musty air. Rue Jacob boasts specialist bookshops, esoteric cafés and restaurants, high-end soft furnishing emporiums, and a plaque to Wagner who once stayed in one of the elegant houses. Expensive objets d'arts, antiques, and paintings (generally unappealing to the average eye - but we are not Parisian cognoscenti) are on offer at the many, often exclusively dark, art galleries along many of these streets. The cafés on rue de Seine are more inviting for a coffee stop before venturing past the Monnaie Museum (used to be the Royal Mint in the 18th century and now appropriately houses old coins and medallions), into the sunshine to the Pont Neuf and Ile de la Cité.
Written October 10, 2018
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Ibadanboy
Nairobi, Kenya6,153 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
Rue Jacob in the 6eme arrondisement is an elegant, lovely street in the center of Paris. Residential with some galleries, restaurants and stores, it is steps away from the hustle & bustle of central Saint Germain, but it somehow maintains its nice quiet appeal, peace, tranquility and beauty. Here you can also find several lovely apartments to rent during your Paris visit. Recommended!
Written February 2, 2015
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Bruno P
Hoeilaart, Belgium47 contributions
You will feel parisian one street away from the tourists. Quiet and nice chic boutiques. And don't miss square van Furstenberg at the corner nicely pictured by David Hockney in his work.
Written March 6, 2014
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Mark D
Maryland126 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
Walking distance to lots of cafés, bakeries and excellent restaurants. We enjoyed the intersection of rue de buci and rue de siene, we found everything we could possibly want....our apartment was across from Laduree, a charming tea room for a fantastic breakfast to start our day. Would highly recommend this area for your stay in St Germaine.
Written September 25, 2013
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