Visiting Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Odéon neighborhood in Paris

Let’s conquer the Boulevard Saint-Germain! Prepare your expedition by having a look at the superb Parisian addresses that will help you make the best of your wanders.

Saint Germain des Prés, this is the Parisian neighborhood where time seems to have stopped. Yet, eras mix with one another through the varied architectures, some are even from the medieval era. And here there are, frozen in time, ready to face all the centuries and uniting their styles to offer the whole world a timeless retrospective of the city of Paris. We also know the Saint Germain neighborhood for its love for literature. Here, second-hand boo sellers showcase the beautiful ancient leather book covers of their most beautiful treasures all along shop windows. Other windows display more uncommon items, showing us here, that time has no effect. By turns, we discover typewriters, vintage cameras and even china dolls.

But, Saint Germain des Prés is also a place of luxury, French elegance. The beautiful fashion, beauty and furniture brands follow but do not resemble one another while remaining faithful to the fashion image Paris conveys throughout the world, but not only: gastronomy is also given pride of place, from this gem of a neighborhood that we find in the local café to the passionate wine merchant who knows everything about wine.

You get it, this neighborhood seems to have no concept of time and you’re likely to (re)discover the Parisian soul in many aspects. And to discover it from every angle, follow the guide!

Improving your knowledge:

11 Conti Museum
After 5 years of renovation works, Monnaie de Paris workshops of excellence opens on September 30, 2017 with new activities focused on French know-how and luxury. Let’s discover the coining workshop, art collections and gardens in the heart of Paris!


Molinard is the latest spot for those looking for a unique perfume. The first store of this perfumer in Paris opens the doors of its universe in the 6th arrondissement.


For a total Japanese immersion, head to a restaurant hidden in Paris Odéon neighborhood, the Kodawari Ramen. On the menu? A unique atmosphere worthy of the best Yokocho in Tokyo and delicious ramen cooked like in the Land of the Rising Sun. We love it!

David Ly decided to mix Korean and French flavors, add his whim and modernity to traditions, while playing on spices and subtleties. The outcome: recipes are inventive, sophisticated, and the plates are always more surprising!

Within walking distance from Saint-Germain covered market, Shinseki offers you to come and enjoy a traditional and inventive Japanese cuisine accompanied by a wine list full of great French vintages.

At Margherita, conviviality is the watchword. From the starter, we discover cooks who are available and close to their clients, revealing their secrets when it comes to the pizzas they cook in their open-plan kitchen: a stock room reveals Margherita’s treasures, charcuteries and cheese coming straight from Italy, that you can find on boards, in pastas and pizzas.

Bistrot Family
Bistrot Family aims at being a French-American family address thought up by Rémi Lebon and Dimitri Labaye, to whom, we owe the bistro Chez Fernand. Here, they promise us a tasty quality cuisine thanks to a varied menu with fresh products, the whole in a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere.

The Butchers of Paname
Vegan-eaters, stop reading this article now! In this restaurant nestled on rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, meat is given pride of place! Without forgetting a wonderful selection of wines to perfectly pair with your dish. The atmosphere is very laid-back, the place delicious. Here’s for meat lovers!

Enjoying a sweet break:

Like the two other Michalak pastry shops, the one in Saint Germain des Prés offers Kosmicsk to be enjoyed by the spoon, Klassicks (napoleons served on the side, Paris Brest, lemon pie, baba, pavlova… his signature cakes for 8), the Miss K (the salted butter caramel puff pastry cream, the chef’s signature) and XXL cakes for 6.

Have a Turin coffee, add the Brooklyn spirit, shake it well and you will have Saint Germain des Prés hot spot. Answering to the sweet name of Marcello, this restaurant-bar takes us far from the Parisian hustle and bustle with its cobbled courtyard in rue Mabillo and its big dining room with a design and clean decoration.

Having a drink:

O’Brothers is an American-like pub that takes you to a gangster universe. This spot features three atmospheres and treats you well with its original creations. The friendly general atmosphere makes you feel like making it your HQ.

The Cod House
Like Izakaya bars Japanese style, The Cod House is a new place of life in Paris 6th arrondissement where it feels good to stop by to sip a wonderful cocktail and eat tapas-like dishes. Japanese-French dishes as good as original are yours. To taste asap!

In the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the World swimming champion Camille Lacourt opens a cocktail bar offering jazz music and DJ sets. The place used to be a theater in the 20’s and the baroque-inspired theme of the place is about to turn it into a hot spot on the Left Bank.

Rizhlaine F.
Last updated on 21 March 2018

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