Saint-Germain-des-Prés: the Paris neighbourhood that famous writers and artists loved[Photos + map]Books . Culture . English . Travel . Writing
There are many reasons to go to Paris. One of them is to stroll around Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This is the beloved neighbourhood of many writers, artists, and intellectuals of the past centuries: Voltaire, Rousseau, Marquis de Sade, Hugo, Hemingway, Ionesco, Joyce, Miller, Kerouac, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Picasso, and Brecht.
Are you dizzy yet?
I have been to Paris a few times, and even on day trips. I still remember though the very first time I was there, somewhere in the late September of 2016. I spent my Saturday sight-seeing, just to cross the main spots off my list, and decided to treat my Sunday as a free day. I already knew what I wanted to do: walk around Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
It was a cloudy day, but the rain didn’t make it to the ground until early in the afternoon. I started my stroll at Saint-Germain-des-Prés underground station (Line 4). As I exited, I immediately found myself in front of a very historic restaurant, Les Deux Magots, and already immersed into a different time period.
The rest you can enjoy in the photos below. And, in case you find yourself in Paris, feel free to use my Google map at the bottom of the post.
Do you want to see these spots for yourself?
- Click on the star below
- Open Google Maps
- Go to Settings > Your Places > Maps
- You’re welcome!