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. With our online itinerary creator, Paris attractions like Saint Germain des Pres Quarter can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Good shopping. Lots of activity here. You can drink coffee or wine and watch the traffic. Big fun. People still love Paris.  more »
  • I love to walk in Saint-Germain. one of the best neighborhoods for walking, eating and drinking! Close to all sightseeing, the Seine, the museums and yet very quiet.
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  • Saint Germain des Pres was one neighborhood I was really looking forward to visit and it did not disappoint. People watching towards the end of the fashion week, (window) shopping at the high end bout...  more »

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