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Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, Paris

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The former center of the existentialist movement associated with authors like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Saint Germain des Pres Quarter is now a swanky upscale neighborhood. Situated on the Seine River, this area is also an artistic hub, with many prestigious museums, art galleries, and small workshops. The district offers excellent people watching while sitting at one of the many outdoor cafes. You'll know you're in the right neighborhood when you see the famous Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés; built in 990 CE, it’s home to one of the oldest bell towers in France. Plan to visit Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Paris attractions using our Paris vacation trip planner.
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  • This is where the "Hemingway" Hop is. Loved seeing all the writers haunts. Great markets and also cafe's and restaurants. Liked Bon Marche too - grocery and department store where the locals shop. Als...  more »
  • This area has many high end stores, although smaller than the shops on the Champs Elysees. Very shaded and only crowded in parts. Famous cafes along Saint Germain Blvd.  more »
  • This area is chock a block full of cafes, shops and galleries. It's a lovely and quite upscale area to browse with unusual finds like a shop that only sells preserved butterflies! The Rodin Museum and...  more »