When you want to be surrounded by brilliant minds and strong brews, there is one place to go: Saint Germain des Pres. Once home to some of the greatest French philosophers, this caffeinated and chic neighbourhood is still a can’t-miss area.
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While the chatter in this neighbourhood may revolve around fashion and runways these days, conversation was once dominated by existentialist philosophers like Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Today, you can still pop into the cafes they once frequented and strike up your own intellectual discussions. Speaking of philosophers, you may want to pay a visit to the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Germain des Pres, as it contains the tomb of the famed thinker Rene Descartes. If you’re in the mood for something different, Saint Germain des Pres is a chic area, and the perfect spot for a shopping spree. The neighbourhood is home to beloved brand names like Dior and Louis Vuitton. Stylish locals and eager travellers such as yourself can find a wide range of boutique clothing, as well as artwork and antiques.
After sightseeing and shopping, take a break from the hustle and bustle of the glamourous streets, and walk 1 km south to Luxembourg Gardens. The wide paths, flower patches, and Petit-Luxembourg Palace all provide the perfect setting for peaceful reflection.
Luckily, it doesn’t take much philosophical debate to know that Expedia offers the best discounts on hotels near Luxembourg, Paris and within the heart of Saint Germain. When you book your hotel in Paris, you can depend on our Best Price Guarantee for cheap prices—making it easier to explore the city with your travel fund still intact.