This mythical and must-see district on the Left Bank of the Seine owes its popularity to the crowd of young artists and intellectuals who flocked there after the last war. Passionate and soul-searching youth would gather in the cafés, the cellars and the jazz clubs to talk for hours and to listen to perhaps the most famous of them all, Jean-Paul Sartre.
Aside from its intellectual past, the Saint-Germain district with its narrow streets, its numerous art galleries, its designer boutiques and terraces conjures up the unique atmosphere of the Left Bank. Located near the Hôtel Le Bellechasse it is a paradise for the idle stroller and for the art and food lover.
With the Palais du Luxembourg and its gardens just to the South, the district boasts several small museums, little known to the public at large but well worth a visit, such as the Eugene Delacroix museum, la Chapelle des Petits-Augustins, the Electra Association or the Royal Mint.
During your stay at the Hôtel Le Bellechasse, which offers a prime location to explore this unique Paris district, our friendly staff will be delighted to share their best addresses with you. Saint-Germain is home to mythical and world famous cafés and restaurants including Les Deux-Magots, the Café de Flore or the Brasserie Lipp.
However, other less known places are well-worth visiting. Discover the Petit-Zinc in Rue Saint-Benoit, a jewel of the Art Nouveau style or the Procope, one of the oldest café-restaurants in Paris. This prestigious venue was funded in the 17th century and became over the years a popular meeting place among intellectuals and politicians. Its walls still bear the portraits of some of its famous visitors including Voltaire, the French revolutionary Danton or the poet Musset.