St. Germain des Prés

Chic, artsy, and just a wee bit snobby — this is the best-known corner of the Sixth Arrondissement — the arrogant older sister to the nerdy Latin quarter, dueling for the affections of left bank lurkers. Voilà —  elegant postcard mix of restos, bars, coffee shops, art galleries, and shopping from clothing to vintage objects and furniture, smack in the center of Paris. 

Highlights here include the picture-perfect, quiet area around Place de Furstemberg, the garden adjacent the thousand-year-old church after which the quarter is named [St. Gemrain-des-Pres, the oldest building in Paris]…and of course, tourist ground zeroes — le Café de Flore, and Café des Deux Magots. [Skip the dinner there and just have a coffee on the terrasse while taking in the scenery — the food is pricey and frankly not worth the spend.]

For a promenade — La Cour du Commerce-Saint-André, Rue Bonaparte, Rue Jacob, and Rue de l’Université. Touristy rue de Buci is filled with restaurants and bars or varying appeal — it’s where this posh hood lets down its hair and gets loud. Here is the PARIS  » D E F I N E D MAG < do-this : edit > — in the St. Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, these are the spots worth the wander…

coffee + tea spots

café d’auteur

mai­son fleuret

cafe clown

cafe de flore

bon­jour jacob

ter­res de cafe

bakeries + sweets 

masion mulot

fou de patisserie

choco­la­terie chapon

la mai­son du chocolat

choco­lats patrick roger

mai­son thevinin

la parisi­enne

aux mer­veilleux de fred

boulan­gerie secco

pierre mar­col­i­ni

pierre her­mé

christophe micha­lak of micha­lak paris

restos

le relais de l’entrecôte
 

bail­lotte

bars

dilet­tantes cave à champagne

gains­barre

pépites cave à vins

augustin marc­hand d’vins

pre­scrip­tion cock­tail club

le 43 roof top

mai­son sauvage

la dernière goutte

museums + culture

mai­son gainsbourg

musée du luxembourg

musée zad­kine

musée nation­al eugène delacroix

musée librairie du compagnonnage

la mon­naie de paris [the mint]

shopping

city­phar­ma — french beau­ty drugstore

koshka paris

isabelle marant

officine uni­verselle buly

hotels

relais chris­tine

hôtel lute­tia

pavil­lon faubourg saint-germain

hôtel le six

hôtel dame des arts

live music

caveau de la huchette

food markets

marché cou­vert saint-ger­main [ indoors ]

workshops

mai­son flueret — bak­ing school