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Boulevard St. Germain

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Address: Paris, France

This historic street is most famous for its assortment of old cafés.

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As the Boulevard passes near many important historic sites and crosses 3 Arrondisements, you will probably walk along here, or maybe ride the bus. It's a busy crosstown street... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Thomas V
Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As the Boulevard passes near many important historic sites and crosses 3 Arrondisements, you will probably walk along here, or maybe ride the bus. It's a busy crosstown street, so expect lots of traffic. Some good shopping. Some OK restaurants. It's the heart of the university quarter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Boulevard St. Germain is a great way through the 5th and 6th Arrondissement. Metro and Bus access is excellent. Spend time exploring some of the side streets that connect. Really a great area to walk around and people watch. St. Germain offers a wide selection of restaurants, and shops. At intersection of St. Michel and St. Germain is the Fountain... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Boulevard Saint Germain has many charm and cachet, students and tourists like to stroll for shopping, or read books, having a nice drink on a terrace; also if you like art, prestigious art galleries have nestled in the Carré Rive Gauche; very nice architecture of hotels from the XVII century, all this is Saint Gerain district.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

It is a small Paris in itself, giving you an insight in the Paris life. It has many restaurant, high end shops. It also have a lot of history and monuments.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Boulevard St. Germain is a very busy street. The neighborhoods surrounding the boulevard offer many excellent restaurants and retail shopping. Be sure to see St Germain Des Pres while in the area - one of the oldest churches in Paris

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Just a block away and excellent coffee, service and cleanliness. And, a great start to a beautiful avenue.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

One of the Grand Boulevards in Paris, with actual grandeur. Starting south at the Seine crossing at Concorde stretching in south easterly direction is peppered with shops, some of them really upscale. Nice Boulevard to walk down and enjoy the scenery. Halfway a short stop for coffee at Saint Germain des Pres. Really nice

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Walking along here gives a good overview of Paris - mad traffic, well-dressed Parisians, many cafes and fine clothes shops, lots of apartments and little alleyways, a few churches and old buildings, some beggars. This time I discovered a really cool shop near the Musee de Cluny which specialises in comics and figurines from action and family shows by Marvel,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Awesome hangout.. great street with fabulous shops, bars and restaurants. Walk down the little streets and find yourself a spot to sit, sip some wine and keep walking. Great area!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I love walking up and down this huge, wide Boulevard. There are lots of restaurants, bistros, wine bars, stores and small, local hotels. We've walked all along the blvd. and found the "ritzy section" and the "down-to-earth" section. I prefer the "down-to-earth" section near "Odeon." The people watching along this street is great. I never found a time of day... More 

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In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, life is effortlessly chic and all things are beautiful. The main boulevard is dotted with famed terraced cafés, haut-couture shops, ivy-covered railings and fine-dining restaurants. Antique dealers and art galleries surround the fine art school and small museums hide in unassuming squares. The neighbourhood’s namesake church is the oldest in Paris and is the backdrop for talented musicians every weekend. The Luxembourg Gardens house the national senate, splendid lawns and flourishing flower beds. Famous faces and bourgeois Parisians frequent Saint Germain accompanied by the students of Rue Saint Guillaume and Rue des Saints-Pères. This is a neighbourhood where afternoon people-watching from a café or playing cards in a brasserie are a key part of the daily fabric.
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