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Boulevard St. Germain

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Address: Paris, France

This historic street is most famous for its assortment of old cafés.

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A busy street with many restaurants and high end shopping

Boulevard St. Germain is a very busy street. The neighborhoods surrounding the boulevard offer many excellent restaurants and retail shopping. Be sure to see St Germain Des Pres... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Boulevard St. Germain is a very busy street. The neighborhoods surrounding the boulevard offer many excellent restaurants and retail shopping. Be sure to see St Germain Des Pres while in the area - one of the oldest churches in Paris

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just a block away and excellent coffee, service and cleanliness. And, a great start to a beautiful avenue.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the Grand Boulevards in Paris, with actual grandeur. Starting south at the Seine crossing at Concorde stretching in south easterly direction is peppered with shops, some of them really upscale. Nice Boulevard to walk down and enjoy the scenery. Halfway a short stop for coffee at Saint Germain des Pres. Really nice

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walking along here gives a good overview of Paris - mad traffic, well-dressed Parisians, many cafes and fine clothes shops, lots of apartments and little alleyways, a few churches and old buildings, some beggars. This time I discovered a really cool shop near the Musee de Cluny which specialises in comics and figurines from action and family shows by Marvel,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome hangout.. great street with fabulous shops, bars and restaurants. Walk down the little streets and find yourself a spot to sit, sip some wine and keep walking. Great area!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

I love walking up and down this huge, wide Boulevard. There are lots of restaurants, bistros, wine bars, stores and small, local hotels. We've walked all along the blvd. and found the "ritzy section" and the "down-to-earth" section. I prefer the "down-to-earth" section near "Odeon." The people watching along this street is great. I never found a time of day... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

As American as I am, I find the European influences in our city architecture interesting. And the trans-european influences throughout the continent are equally fascinating. And then to realize the youthful impact of the whole district and the hip melding of old and new. A great place to sit at a cafe and enjoy people watching.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Wondering up or down the iconic Boulevard Saint-Germain is a great opportunity to see the world go by and soak up the history of the street. Practically it runs through the heart of the left bank and is an efficient street for people, cars and bikes unless it is the roller blade race time - once a week. Visit historic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Whether you are walking to reach somewhere, or just strolling to see Paris, this is a fantastic place to cover. Shops and cafes galore to suit all your needs. Excellent connectivity with buses and metro if you get tired. If you can plan your walking path around this area, don't miss it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

I am coming back hopefully soon to this side of town as they have a variety of home deco shops, and the one that I really wanted to go was the shops that sell only "door-handles"!

Thank Nur-Rahman

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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.
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