Friday, May 3, 2013

DIY Walking Tour St Germain des Pres in Paris

Welcome to our Petite Paris DIY Walking Tour of:

Saint Germain des Pres

 Here are Petite Paris' must see, do, eat and drink places in the cosmpolitan  neighbourhood of the St-Germain. Like a little Paris within Paris, this is Paris' famous cult cafe neighbourhood where the artists of old once lived!
See this Walking Itinerary on our website HERE

Start central with a delicious French Breakfast:
7.30am Go to ST REGI's
Now don't expect spectacular service, but from the wooden booths and rustic bar to the mirrors and the waiters wearing long white aprons and black suspenders creating a 1920s art nouveau 1920s scene, this is quintessential Paris with old world atmosphere and wonderful people watching...and its on the beautiful St Louis Island on the Seine.  Approx $11-20au.
6 rue Jean du Bellay 75004 MAP

On a fully happy belly walk the streets slowly:
8.30am Meander along Quai de Montebello all the way to Quai des Grands Augustins and enjoy perusing the rare/antique booksellers lining the river along the way.

Slowly but surely:
9.30am Keep strolling turning left down Rue de Seine  reaching the bustling of the Saint Germain Boulevard. MAP
Turn Right and head to Rue Bonapartre  and drop into Laduree for delicious Macarons and other gourmet desserts MAP

On to a Cult Cafe for Coffee
11.00am Pick any one of the 3 most famed cult cafes in Paris back on the Saint Germain Boulevard - Cafe Flore, Brasserie Lipp, or Deux Magots. We prefer Brasserie Lipp for something quainter and darker. This World-famous Brasserie this eatery has been a popular hangout for famous writers, artists and politicians for over a century. French notables and international celebrities may be seen on any given day.
151 Boulevard St Germain des Pres MAP

Some chocolate indulgence
11.30pm Move on to Rue des Saints Peres and visit the oldest chocolatier in Paris. Debauve et Gallais.
30 rue des Saints Peres 75007 MAP

‘Window-Shop’ up an appetite:
12.o0pm  Wonder around the Le Grand Epicerie at the Bon Marche Department store
Bon Marché is the biggest left bank department store, the oldest in Paris and the best for its grocery department ‘La grande épicerie de Paris’. With over 5000 different products, from around the world. A hard-to-find bottle of mineral water from Wales, an exquisite tomato sauce from Naples! What you can't find anywhere else; you will find it there.
22 rue de Sevres 75007 MAP

Retail Therapy:
12.30pm Wonder down Rue Cherche-midi 
MAP – This street is worth walking all the way down to Blvd Montparnasse (and back) popping in and out of the little boutiques along the way. STOP IN at Polaine for a boulangerie treat! One of Paris famous Boulangeries.
8 rue Cherche-midi 75006 MAP

1pm Visit Place St Sulpice – the second largest church in Paris.
50 rue de Vaugirard 75006 MAP

 Bon appetite:
1.30pm Lunch @ Le Comptoir – Our favouirte lunch spot in all of Paris. Think old world dark Parisian Brasserie with a slight modern twist, decadent food whipped up by one of Paris' best known Chefs, fresh daily, only 1 item on  the menu per day, no english menus, no english speaking waiters for that matter, but friendly efficient and all located on the most bustling corner of the Odeon Metro and Boulevard St Germain means the best people watching is to be had here.
9 Carrefour de l'Odeon 75006 MAP

Dessert time
Passage Cours Commerce St.André - The oldest passage in Paris right across the street from Le Comptoir and where you will find Le Procope the oldest cafe in Paris and Un Dimanche a Paris (Chocolaterie above) Map

R&R in the Park
Spend some tim ein the most famous city park people watching and wondering.

4.30pm Visit the Pantheon Map An imposing 19th century building first designed as a church, later turned into a civil temple. On top of the montagne Ste-Geneviève, not far from the Sorbonne University and the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Panthéon looks over the Quartier Latin

Aperitif Hour
5.30pm -
Rue Mouffetard Map Wonder this lively street known for its gourmet food shops and cafes. Aperitif hour begins. You can select one of the many bars here such as La Casserole

Wine and Dine
7.30pm DINNER @ La Closerie des Lilas - A literary and artistic landmark having hosted the likes of Hemingway. Enjoy the pleasant terrace for dining in the warmer months and live music most evenings, La Closerie retains the ambiance of old-world Paris.

171 Blvd Montparnasse 75006. Map Website


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