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Boulevard St. Germain

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

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Boulevard Saint-Germain / Paris

Boulevard Saint Germain has many charm and cachet, students and tourists like to stroll for shopping, or read books, having a nice drink on a terrace; also if you like art... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Boulevard Saint Germain has many charm and cachet, students and tourists like to stroll for shopping, or read books, having a nice drink on a terrace; also if you like art, prestigious art galleries have nestled in the Carré Rive Gauche; very nice architecture of hotels from the XVII century, all this is Saint Gerain district.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

It is a small Paris in itself, giving you an insight in the Paris life. It has many restaurant, high end shops. It also have a lot of history and monuments.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

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 October 10, 2016 via mobile

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

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 September 22, 2016 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 September 19, 2016 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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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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