Since the early 1900’s all of Paris has been singing, dancing, writing and painting in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Indeed, it was the favorite neighborhood of artists and philosophers like Ernest Hemingway, Picasso and Jean-Paul Sartre. Known for being an artsy, chic area of Paris, its atmosphere is both bohemian and bourgeois, which we call bobo in French.
In its charming cobbled streets, you can relax in famous literary cafés such as Les Deux Magots, with a lovely sunny terrace right in front of the oldest church in Paris. Below, find out all the best places to buy amazing French food in Saint Germain. Perfect for if you’re staying there or just passing by!
Best Restaurants in Saint Germain Paris
Bistrot style: Le Relais de l’Entrecote
If you’re craving homemade French fries, Le Relais de l’Entrecôte is the place to go. For your main course, there’s only one option in this family-friendly restaurant: beef steak with French fries and a green salad. But for dessert, there are 20 different things you can choose from including crème brulée, chocolate ice cream, rum baba and lemon pie… Simply delicious!
Modern restaurant: Semilla
Semilla is a chic restaurant in Paris, located in the heart of Saint Germain. Their menu changes every day according to seasonal products and the chef’s inspiration. If you can, ask for the “chef’s table”. A table for two, you get courtside seats to watch the team in action! Either before or after your dinner, why not have a glass of champagne at Freddy’s wine bar, which has the same owner.
Best French Desserts in Saint Germain Paris
Best Boulangerie in Saint Germain Paris: Gerard Mulot
You can find everything you could possibly want at the bakery and patisserie Gérard Mulot: from delicious salmon quiches to buttery croissants and hundreds of home-made macarons. It’s located near the Marche Saint Germain.
Best Patisserie in Saint Germain Paris: Un Dimanche a Paris
You must try the best chocolate eclair in Saint Germain from Un Dimanche à Paris. This patisserie shop is located in an enchanting, hidden cobbled street dating back to the Middle Ages. You can see the chefs through a glass wall creating your delicious French desserts. If the weather is cold try their creamy hot chocolate, it’s absolutely fantastic.
Best Wine and Cheese in Saint Germain Paris
Wine lovers: La Derniere Goutte
Looking for a good bottle of French Pinot noir? La Dernière Goutte offers wine tasting in English as well as French throughout the week. They get most of their selection from small wineries and particularly love organic wine.
Cheese addicts: Cooperative Laitiere du Beaufortain
Coopérative Laitière du Beaufortain isn’t your regular cheese shop: all the products are from small producers, which is the perfect way to learn more about regional French cheeses. Have you heard of Beaufort cheese? It’s a firm, cow’s milk cheese from the Alps. You have to try it at least once in your life – or twice!
Best Market in Saint Germain Paris
On a Sunday morning, grab a bag and walk to the Marché Biologique de Raspail. This weekly French market is famous amongst all of the world’s greatest chefs. On offer? Only the best organic food, directly from the farms! If you want to go to a market during the week, head to the Marché Couvert de Saint Germain.
To continue exploring, why not walk along the Seine River from the Pont-Neuf bridge to Notre-Dame Cathedral, or look for the mini Statue of Liberty hidden in the Luxembourg Gardens?
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