Bonjour mes amis! In my last post I summarized all the awesome things you could do during one week in Paris. This post will break down one of my favorite areas of the City of Light: Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
St. Germain is part of the 6th arrondissement and has a very cool & chic vibe to it. Maybe that’s why I love it so much? There are plenty of clothing boutiques as well as art galleries so whether you’re looking to indulge in fashion or art or just relax at a café you won’t be disappointed.
In the heart of St. Germain is the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church. This church was built in the 6th century and is the oldest church in Paris!
Our Airbnb was located just a block from the Seine and the Louvre; a perfect location. Check out our balcony view. I didn’t mind waking up to this every morning. :)
Walking the streets of Paris is one of my favorite things to do and this area is no exception.
Below are some of my recs on places to check out while your in St. Germain:
Freddy’s: This was a new spot for us and we loved it so much we came here a twice. Super cute and inviting, Freddy’s is a place you just want to hang out at. The menu is simple and everything we ordered hit the spot.
Cosi: If you’re looking for an awesome sandwich GO TO COSI! They have the best bread ever and everything you eat is fresh and delicious. Price is on point too!
Fish la Boissonnerie: Owned by the same owners of Freddy’s and Cosi, it’s no wonder why this place is another top spot on my list. Based on the name you would think fish is the only option but they have plenty to choose from (vegetarian!). We came here our first night and the gnocchi I had was BOMB.
Josephine Boulangerie: Josephine’s is an adorable boulangerie with mouth-watering croissants and sandwiches. I ate a pain au chocolate every morning; not kidding! I’m what you call obsessed. It was conveniently located right down the street from our Airbnb. ;)
Pierre Hermé: Best macaroons hands down. I’ve done the taste test between Pierre Hermé and Ladurée and PH wins! (Sorry Ladurée fans!)
La Dernière Goutte: If you’re in the mood to purchase some wine then check out this place! The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and can help you pick out wine to your liking and price point.
We wandered in here one day to purchase some champagne. In the process, we ended up signing up for a wine tasting class that afternoon. Perfect.
We tasted 7 varieties of wine, starting with two whites and then moving on to red.
Our instructor, Paul, knew his French wines and what that all entails. The class cost 55 Euro/person and it was totally worth it.
There was a small group of us and it was very intimate where we could ask plenty of questions while tasting. We also ended up purchasing some bottles to bring back to the states with us; can’t wait to try them out!
Bar du Marché: On our last day in Paris we went to our old stomping ground…twice! :)
Bar du Marché is always packed and has a great vibe. Sit outside, drink some wine and people watch. That never gets old when you’re in Paris.
I hope this post gives you a little more insight to St. Germain. If you’re heading to Paris then check it out, please! Let me live vicariously through you. 😉
Xo, Jenneke Rose