St Germain Neighbourhood Guide

St Germain

The St Germain Neighbourhood Guide

St Germain is one of the most quintessentially Parisian parts of town. Antique stores are brimming with old-world maps, upmarket clothing boutiques sell one-off pieces and bookstores are overflowing with hardback copies. The treasures to be found within the narrow, cobbled streets are endless. It’s little wonder that it’s the very first place I bring visiting friends and relatives. After one day in this enchanting area, they are convinced they will soon be packing up their lives and joining me in Paris for good and I hope you will too after uncovering the neighbourhood with this guide.

Coutume café

Coutume Café

Good coffee is conducive to a productive day of sightseeing. Start your day right at this speciality coffee shop because a strong dose of caffeine will be just what you need to uncover every corner of St Germain.

47 Rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris

Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché is the oldest department store in Paris but you would never know judging by it’s modern interior showcasing a multitude of high-end brands. This is where Parisians come to do their shopping so if you want to look as effortlessly chic as the French, look no further than le Bon Marché.

24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris

La Pagode

Photo by Anna Blair

La Pagode

The Pagode is one of a kind. This Japanese-inspired building is home to an art house cinema showing old films. After the screening be sure to have a pot of oriental tea in the beautiful, leafy garden.

57 bis rue de Babylone, 75007, Paris

Rue du Bac

Rue du Bac

Rue du Bac is one of the more authentic streets in Paris lined with colourful doors and classic Parisian establishments. A few places not to be missed are the extravagant chocolatier Chapon selling dark chocolate made from cocoa beans all over the world, the elaborate pastry shop Pâtisserie des Rêves and the cheese mongers Androuet.



Deyrolle is a legendary taxidermy boutique exhibiting animals of every size from tiny turquoise butterflies to enormous arctic polar bears. Entering into this mysterious shop is somewhat of an expedition where you can get up close to all of the weird and wonderful creatures. Everything is purchasable, so you can leave with a zebra in toe if you fancy, albeit a stuffed one.

46 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg-1

Jardin du Luxembourg

This garden is one of the prettiest open spaces in Paris with potted flowers and green chairs aplenty. Whichever direction you look you’ll spot people enjoying the day, be it old men playing pétanque, live bands at the pavilion or children having fun with the model sail boats.


St Sulpice

An enchanting square framed by exclusive shops, trees and the magnificent St Sulpice church. This used to be my favourite haunt in the entire city. I would sit on ones of the benches and watch the world go by dipping in and out of a good book.

Rue Bonaparte

Rue Bonaparte

Another of my favourite streets in the city but then again St Germain really is bursting with great ones. Rue Bonaparte is a shopper’s paradise with all of the most elegant boutiques converging around St Sulpice.

Pierre Hermé

Pierre Hermé

A trip to Paris is not complete without a pit stop at this famed pastry shop. The flagship store is in St Germain, so whilst you’re in the area, stop by for a box of deliciously unusual macarons.

72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

Café de Flore

Lunch at Café de Flore

Sit on the terrace in the heart of St Germain and watch Parisians go about their daily life. One of their fluffy omelets served alongside a café crème comes highly recommended.

172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

Shakespeare and Co-1

Shakespeare & Co.

This bookshop is bursting to the seams with interesting reads and with multiple rooms you could spend hours perusing the shelves. A favourite amongst expats in Paris due to the wide selection of English books on offer.

37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris



This preppy café/ restaurant is an extension of the American fashion house Ralph Lauren. The terrace is located just behind the shop and is decorated with tartan chairs and blankets to match in case you get cold. The best thing has to be the homemade toffee popcorn which is complimentary with any drink you purchase.

173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006

Grom by Solli Kanani

Photo by Solli Kanani


The gelato from Grom is better than the real thing. But that’s probably because this gelateria originates from Italy, but thank goodness they brought their expertise to Paris. The pistachio and dulce de leche are second to none.

81 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris

Rue de Seine by Ralf Treinen

Photo by Ralf Treinen

Rue de Seine

This street is a food lover’s heaven. With all of the famed pastry shops finding their place in the neighbourhood, a fair few have taken up residence along this road, Gerard Mulot and Pierre Marcolini are just a couple.

Diptyque by a minute away from snowing

Photo by Michelle Lau


The Diptyque candle has become something of a fashion statement both inside and out of France. The classic design and beautiful scent make for an exemplary candle and a must-buy when in Paris.

34 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005, Paris

Photography and words by Faye Bullock

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    Rosa Gonzalez
    November 1, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Gracias por mandar me estas información pues por lo menos al traducir me entero un poco y me entretengo leyendo lo gracias de nuevo

    Kerri Beer and Croissants Travel Blog
    September 8, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    My favourite neighbourhood in Paris. We always stay in a local apartment in St Germain when in Paris. There are so many wonderful places to visit and it’s just such a great place to hang out and wander the streets. So many great restaurants in the backstreets. Yes there is Deux Magots and Cafe de Flores but the backstreets are where the vibe and the genuine Paris is. Same with places like Grom. It’s the latest gelati place to be, but take a few steps back into the streets and there are other places that serve gelati that is just as good, without the queues. Looking forward to heading back there again next week.

    Lara Jones
    August 27, 2015 at 7:23 am

    great post! strolled that area quite a bit this past march and recognize many of the sites from your photos! makes me long to go back soon!

    // grenobloise
    August 26, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Superbe ! I will keep all of this tips in mind for my next trip to Paris! I’ll be going back within the next few months – yay!

    August 26, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    When my husband and I were there a few months ago we stayed at the Relais St Germain. What a stunning hotel and amazing location.

    August 26, 2015 at 9:18 am

    When I was in Paris last year, we stayed in St. Germain! I hadn’t realized how popular/well known it was, I wish I had had this guide beforehand! We did go to many of these places though, I loved Shakespeare & Co, as well as Laduree!

    August 26, 2015 at 7:05 am

    I love that no matter how much I go to Paris, there is always so much more to explore! I can’t wait to go back and see some more of these places 🙂

    Joy Della Vita (Lisa)
    August 26, 2015 at 1:01 am

    The omelette looks SO yummy! Bookmarked :>

    Lisa |

    August 25, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Just been there last week… Jealous yet? 😉

    August 25, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Saint Germain is my favourite area of Paris. I fell in love with it the first time I visited and have been back a few times since. The Pierre Herme shop is magical!

    C x |

    Tom Miller
    August 25, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Quite Interesting post, thanks for sharing your views and experience with us. Images are truly amazing.

    August 25, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I love this post, thank you for sharing! I lived in the St Germain neighborhood for 11 months and fell in love with it. I’m planning a return trip soon to show my boyfriend my old stomping grounds, and this list just made me so excited! Pierre Herme is a life-changing dessert experience! I only wish they travelled well…

    Valentina Duracinsky
    August 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    some good recommendations!
    These are more of the obvious “if you only have a few days in Paris” places, and I totally agree with all of them!

    August 25, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    This is a fabulous post! I was recently in Paris for just under two months, and St. Germain was one of my very favorite areas. I wish I had your guide to refer to when I was there! 🙂 Le Bon Marche was so much fun to wander around – did you visit their food hall in the separate building? I also loved getting to visit the original Diptyque store – at the time I was there, I found that buying the candles in France was much cheaper than in the US – a great excuse to stock up 🙂

    Growing Positive
    August 25, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Some great places here. must check it out next time I’m in Paris. Cheers for the ideas 🙂

    N i c k y
    August 25, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Planning a trip to Paris son, Thanks for the heads up! Definitely want to hit up Jardin du Luxembourg 🙂

    August 25, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I’ll have to admit that I’ve never visited this particular part of Paris. Will need to add this to my list for November!

    August 25, 2015 at 8:51 am

    omgggg diptyque! <3 Great post!