The Saint Germain des prés spirit

cafés in saint germain des prés

Cafés in saint germain des prés

With its charm and cachet, the district is one of a kind. Parisians and tourist enjoy strolling and shopping Rue de Rennes or Rue du Four, having a drink at a café terrace on Boulevard Saint Germain or Rue de Buci. Student and tourist enjoy the many American and English bookstores situated in the district, such as Shakespeare & company (Rue de la Bûcherie), Taschen (Rue de Buci) or Village Voice (Rue Princesse). A favourite venue for painters and sculptors whose  works are displayed in the galleries, the Saint Germain district still draws art enthusiasts.

Haute couture flirts with fashion creations and some people say there even is a Saint Germain style. Some of the greatest fashion designers have set up around the church square : Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Castelbajac, Sonia Rykiel …

Between Saint Germain-des-prés – the oldest church in Paris- and the Seine , Rue Bonaparte displays paint galleries, antique dealers , decoration and fashion shops, proving that history and art can perfectly match.