Explore the district: Hidden gems and secret passages in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Explore the district: Hidden gems and secret passages in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Welcome to the Left Bank of Paris, a magical place where charm and elegance blend harmoniously. Among the most iconic districts on this bank, let's together discover the hidden treasures and secret passageways of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Let yourself be guided through these unusual and enchanting places, for a unique experience at the heart of this historical district.

1. Passage Dauphine: A Haven of Peace

Passage Dauphine is one of the most charming covered passageways in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Nestled between the streets of l'Ancienne Comédie and Mazarine, this passage offers a peaceful and timeless atmosphere. Stroll through its cobblestone alleys, lined with antique shops, bookstores, and art galleries. It's the perfect place for a relaxing walk, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

2. The Luxembourg Garden: A Green Treasure

Although the Luxembourg Garden is not a secret per se, it is filled with hidden corners and peaceful nooks that few people know about. Wander inside this beautiful French-style garden and discover its fountains, statues, and charming shaded paths. Settle down on one of the green wrought-iron chairs to enjoy a moment of relaxation in this green haven in the heart of Paris. The Médicis fountain is one of the most important monuments in the Luxembourg Garden. This beautiful piece of architecture, also known as "grotte du Luxembourg," was built by Marie de Médicis, widow of Henry IV. It's a romantic and very soothing place.

3. The Cour du Commerce Saint-André: A Journey Through Time

Located near Place Saint-André des Arts, the Cour du Commerce Saint-André is a small cobblestone impasse that seems frozen in time. Lined with historical buildings, this courtyard is home to quaint cafes and restaurants. It was once a meeting place for famous literary and artistic figures, such as Hemingway and Picasso. Immerse yourself in the bohemian atmosphere of this history-rich courtyard.

4. The Café de Flore or Les Deux Magots: The Icon of the District

The Café de Flore is a real icon of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, having hosted numerous artists, writers, and intellectuals over the decades. This historic café has remained virtually unchanged since the 1930s, thus preserving its retro ambiance and period charm. Settle at one of its terrace tables to enjoy a coffee and a pastry while soaking in the creative spirit of the district. Les Deux Magots is an iconic literary brasserie that opened its doors in 1885 and still much sought after today, it attracts artists and numerous tourists who wish to have a Parisian experience.

5. The Librairie de la Hune: A Literary Paradise

Literature lovers, do not miss the Librairie de la Hune, a true paradise for book enthusiasts. Founded in 1945, this iconic bookstore is renowned for its selection of art, literature, and poetry books. Wander through its aisles and let yourself be tempted by rare editions, quality works, and literary treasures.

In conclusion, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a district that abounds with hidden gems and secret passageways, offering visitors an authentic and off-the-beaten-track experience. Allow yourself to be surprised by the beauty and charm of these enchanting places, which make Saint-Germain-des-Prés such a special district. Take the time to lose yourself in its lanes, explore its secret corners, and live a unique experience at the heart of this historical quarter, during your stay at our hotel in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.


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