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Best food addresses in the chicest area of Paris: Saint-Germain-des-Prés

With parks, shops, restaurants and terraces open again in Paris, Parisians are gradually starting to fill up again the streets and the city is slowly but surely coming back to life, a socially-distant one anyway. Moreover, with French borders opening up on June 22nd for European Union members, and July 1st for many other countries, I felt inspired to talk about my favourite spots in one of Paris most popular quartiers – Saint-Germain-des-Prés – now that we can finally enjoy being out and about again. I hope you get a few good ideas just in case you are planning a little escapade to the City of Lights soon! Since the early 1900s all of Paris has been singing, dancing, writing and painting in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Indeed, Saint-Germain has been the favorite neighbourhood of artists and philosophers from all over the world – think Ernest Hemingway, Picasso and Jean-Paul Sartre, to name a few. Known for being an artsy, chic area of Paris, its atmosphere is both bohemian and bourgeois, a true concept we call bobo in French. In its charming cobbled streets, you can relax in famous literary cafés such as Les Deux Magots, with a lovely sunny terrace right in front of the oldest church in Paris. Saint-Germain is also an amazing area for fashion shopping, art hunting, strolls by the river, and picnics in the park. It really has something to offer for everyone! And perhaps most importantly, Saint-Germain is full of fantastic French food addresses – patisserie, wine, cheese… you can find the best of it all! Now, without further due, I’m presenting to you below my favourite French food addresses is Saint-Germain. All worth checking out if you’re staying in the area or just passing by! Best restaurants in Saint Germain Paris Bistrot style: Le Relais de l’Entrecote 20 Rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris If you’re craving homemade French fries and an amazingly cooked piece of steak, Le Relais de l’Entrecôte is the place to go. For your main course, there’s only one option in this old-school looking, family-friendly restaurant: beef steak with French fries and a green salad. But not any beef steak and not any fries – this main dish has become a true icon in the city for how incredibly good it tastes! The dessert menu offers more choice, as there are 20 different specialties you can choose from including crème brulée, chocolate ice cream, rum baba and lemon pie. A visit to this famous bistrot will make for a French meal you’ll never forget! Modern dining: Semilla 54 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris Semilla is a chic restaurant in Paris, located in the heart of Saint Germain. Their menu changes every day according to seasonal products and the chef’s inspiration. If you can, make a reservation for the “chef’s table”. A table for two, you get a special court-side table where you’ll be able to watch the kitchen team in action from your seats! A true spectacle of modern French cuisine. Either before or after your dinner, why not have a glass of champagne at Freddy’s wine bar, a vibrant casual but chic spot usually full of locals having tapas and wine by the counter. Freddy’s is right next door and is owned by the same person as Semilla. Best French desserts in Saint Germain Paris Best boulangerie in Saint Germain Paris: Gerard Mulot 76 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris Bread and pastries wise, you can find everything you could possibly want at the bakery and patisserie Gérard Mulot: from delicious salmon quiches to buttery croissants and hundreds of truly home-made macarons. Perfect place to grab a quick lunch or sweet bite to take away and enjoy in the Luxembourg Gardens park! Gérard Mulot is located righ by the Marché Saint-Germain, a famous covered market. Best Patisserie in Saint Germain Paris: Un Dimanche a Paris 4 8, 6 Cour du Commerce Saint-André, 75006 Paris You must try the best chocolate éclair in Saint Germain from Un Dimanche à Paris. This patisserie shop is located in an enchanting, hidden cobbled street dating back to the Middle Ages. You can admire the chefs patissiers through a glass wall while they make their magic creating your delicious French desserts. If the weather is cold I recommend sitting at their salon de thé and trying their creamy hot chocolate, it’s absolutely fantastic! Like the famous Angelina one or even better, and no need to queue. Best wine and cheese in Saint Germain Paris Wine lovers: La Dernière Goutte 6 Rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006 Paris Looking for a good bottle of French Pinot noir? La Dernière Goutte offers wine tastings in English as well as French throughout the week. They get most of their selection from small producers around the country and have a particularly great selection of organic wines. Cheese addicts: Coopérative Laitière du Beaufortain 9 Rue Corneille, 75006 Paris Coopérative Laitière du Beaufortain isn’t your regular cheese shop: all the products are from small producers, which makes for the perfect opportunity to learn more about regional French cheeses. Have you ever heard of Beaufort cheese? It’s a firm, cow’s milk cheese from the Alps. You have to try it at least once in your life – or twice! Best market in Saint Germain Paris: Marché Biologique Raspail Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris (Between Rue du Cherche-Midi et Rue de Rennes) On a Sunday morning, grab your tote bag and have a stroll around the Marché Biologique de Raspail. This weekly French market is famous amongst the world’s greatest chefs. On offer? Only the best organic food, directly from the farms! If you are not available on a Sunday but you love markets, you can pay a visit to the Marché Couvert de Saint Germain instead. I hope you enjoyed this list of my favourite food stops in Saint-Germain. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and feel free to ask me any questions! To continue exploring the neighbourhood, why not walk along the Seine River from the Pont-Neuf bridge to Notre-Dame Cathedral, or look for the mini Statue of Liberty hidden in the Luxembourg Gardens? À bientôt! Maria Pasca is the Communications & Marketing Director at My Private Paris. My Private Paris is an award-winning boutique travel agency that fully tailors high-end tours and experiences in Paris with the finest local guides. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. When I see Saint-Germain I think of the spiritual legend in theosophy St Germain or the count of St Germain. I never really thought of how Saint-Germain in France got its name but it’s always held that romanticised notion of being chic and a little bourgeois, to use your word. I often thing of boulangeries and patisseries too, and I think there’s a big gastro appeal to France generally. Lots of delicious options here, and I do love markets for fresh food.

    I’m not sure quite how things will change there with the pandemic but I hope they can find ways to implement the necessary precautious while allowing people to still enjoy the food and atmosphere at the markets and in the restaurants.

    1. That’s the greatest appeal for me, all these different types of foods and wines. It just seems like the best in the world, so it’s pretty hard to pass that up. I’d go there for a wine tasting and some of that cheese, and that alone, ha!

    2. Thank you for your comments, Arleen and John! There’s so much to discover in Saint-Germain gastronomy wise indeed. Most places have reopen now it feels good to have a bit of normality back!

  2. Ah, a boulangerie is just my cup of tea! I love French Macarons with coffee or tea. And butter croissants! I miss coming to my favourite French cafe near my work. Now that I’m mostly working from home and rarely go out to the office I can’t enjoy my French treats as often as I’d like. Well, I’m happy to know that Paris is opening its doors to tourism and hopefully, everyone will stay safe by taking all precautionary measures going in and out, and while within the city. I bet the Eiffel Tower looks very empty and sad during the height of the pandemic in Paris.

    1. The way the butter croissants were described in this post made my mouth water! You’re lucky to have that option, I think there are French bakeries all around the world just because of how popular the French are for their cuisine, specifically baking. I might try and find one today where I’m at in Vietnam after reading this.

    2. Thanks for your comments, Percy and Ashley! Now I’m craving a croissant too :)

  3. Mmmm this makes me hungry. I like outdoor markets, it always feel much more authentic and fresh and local than getting pre packed in a chain supermarket. I noticed some of these cafes and foodie places have outdoor areas and I imagine that will be all the more important and sought after with the pandemic as a means of, hopefully, ensuring social distancing and providing a safer environment.

    1. In my experience, outdoor markets can be much better than chain stores. I prefer giving my money directly to the people who grew the food. It’s a rewarding experience and you can see how proud they are of their work, which is something I always appreciate. Fresh food is such an important part of life that I think we take for granted. So keeping money in the local economy is crucial when times get tough.

    2. Thanks for your comments, Elaine and Gary! I very much enjoy the culture of shopping at markets in Paris rather than big stores. I agree supporting local is very important, more than ever now in this difficult time.

  4. This was so well-written! I have to say it reminded me of my time in Italy a few years back and how enamored I was with something as simple as going to the grocery store. When you wrote about the patisserie Gerard Mulot, I could picture everything perfectly. The pictures match so well too with all of the writing. I could have read something like this all day. It’s wonderful to be transported like that through a blog post.

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