Saint-Germain-des-Prés is an old quarter of the 6th arrondissement of Paris, nestled alongside the River Seine. Despite its small size, the historic quarter has played an integral role in artistic, cultural and political development; decisions and creations made here impacted the city of Paris, the entire country of France, and even the entire western world.
A hotbed of intellect and discussion since the end of the Renaissance, Saint-Germain-des-Prés was the site of the first café in Paris; and also the site of a café frequented by some of the greatest minds behind key events of the French Revolution. This area features an incredible blend of history, from the medieval era to today; and a visit to such a neighborhood wouldn’t be complete without learning about some of the shopping and sampling some of the local treats. Enjoy a few included tastings as you learn about the power, influence and change that began in this cozy quarter of Paris.