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This historic street is most famous for its assortment of old cafés.
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Paris, France
6th Arr. - Luxembourg
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

We reached this road as we were looking for a place to eat and 'landed' in a very expensive and very packed cafe in the pouring rain. As we left, we were fortunate to be having a clear weather and walked a bit on the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TERRAvelista
Reviewed November 6, 2018

There are plenty of shops and a few food places to explore when heading through the street and its surrounds. It is worth coming down to see the famed area and it is lovely to walk around on a nice day. There are plenty of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

It rained the entire time I was in Paris (January 2018). Cold and rainy, not much to enjoy. However, even with the inclimate weather, I had a decent walk along the BSG, although I had to walk fast and dodge umbrellas.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Phil H
Reviewed September 28, 2018

This very long boulevard traces an arc-like path through the inner Left Bank area so it includes a lot: Universities and book stores; movie theaters and cool cafes; historic restaurants; fancy apartments; and lots of shopping. Ride the bus and look out the windows.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

One of my favorite boulevards in Paris, the beauty of the Rive Gauche, Boulevard St.Germain has so much to offer. Magical Eglise St.Germain des Prés, famous cafes and restaurants, excellent shops, vibrant crowd... Always full of life and energy... I literally could not take my...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

This long thoroughfare on the left bank, runs from Pont de Sully to Pont de la Concorde about 3 kilometers. We stayed in the Latin Quarter and walked the boulevard around the Cluny Museum and the high-end shops around that area. It is lined with...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Stopped here one day to check the district and cathedral. It's an authentic parisian experience! Good restaurants and shopping too

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank samuel8248
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

A great place to walk, shop, stop and browse. There is all that you can imagine walking down this iconic street on the left bank. I found some great deals in some of the shops.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

For me this is one of the most iconic boulevards of Paris, featuring beautiful architecture and overall having a nice atmosphere. Be sure to walk up to intersection with the Boulevard Saint Michel.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank nemanja1205
Reviewed July 7, 2018

Shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants line this famous street on the left bank. As you stroll down the street and enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal in a sidewalk cafe you can't help think of all the intellectuals and celebrities that thronged here.

Date of experience: June 2018
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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
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September 18, 2017|
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Response from Thomas V | Reviewed this property |
Very few shops are open at night other than small convenience stores.
March 26, 2017|
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Response from Thomas V | Reviewed this property |
There are small convenience stores everywhere, almost one per block. For a larger grocery store, google Monoprix to find the closest one to where you will be. Monoprix is like a city version of a Walmart with all sorts of... More
Travel Forum Posts
6th St Germain (5 Replies)
We're first timers to paris and are planning to stay in the 6th when we go next September. Are there advantages/disadvantages in selecting a hotel on the North side of Boulevard St Germain versus the South Side? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
November 27, 2007|
Response fromtravelnutty|
Do you mean the 'odd-numbered' side versus the 'even-numbered' side..? It's a curious question to me...
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Brasserie Lipp Paris (39 Replies)
My husband and I (New Zealanders, admittedly) have just come back from Paris, which we absolutely loved as I am sure every visitor must, it really is the most wonderful city in the world. But I would suggest avoiding Brasserie Lipp, Boulevard St-Germain, a real tourist trap with shockingly bad food, although the waiter was entertainingly bad-tempered! Other postings on this site (and Lonely Planet) suggest it as an authentic old Parisian eating place, but avoid any mention of the food, for...More
September 21, 2006|
Response fromTrudaine|
This exemplifies how an old local institution (which must still have its regulars, which must be treated decently to remain regular clients) gets presented in all guide books as " an authentic old Parisian eating place" and consequently ends up being ruined by mass tourism. This is is true of other established restaurants in the Saint-Germain. Tourism is self-destructive.
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When I was a first timer...like you!? (9 Replies)
Dear first timers... like you, I had a lot of excitement, apprehension and anxiety before my first trip. I read them all, the Frommer's, the Steve's, the Paris Guides, etc. But nothing is like TA, so if you're reading the forum every night like me, you are in the right place. Every second, every other subject is about "Help", "my first time", "best...whatever". Hahaha, believe me, I asked them all. I smile everytime I read these questions and remember when it was my first time. I believe we...More
March 23, 2011|
Response fromparisamsterdam2007|
"...as we know we will be back." More than once by the sounds of it. You have succumbed to Paris' charms. ;^)