Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Odéon

Romance and relaxation permeate this central Paris neighborhood along the south bank of the Seine.

Whiling away the day at sidewalk cafes isn’t considered unproductive in Saint-Germain-des-Prés – Odeon... it’s considered the perfect afternoon. A former bohemian retreat, this central Paris neighborhood has since transformed into a destination for couture window-shopping and catered relaxation. Saint-Germain-des-Prés – Odeon’s ivy-covered art galleries, corner patisseries, and centuries-old churches only add to the neighborhood’s undeniable romance—the kind that requires quiet contemplation at a sidewalk café.

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On the Map

Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Odéon is bordered by Notre Dame - Ile de La Cité, Saint-Michel, Louvre - Tuileries, Montparnasse, IV Arrondissement, Port-Royal, Panthéon, I Arrondissement, and Quartier Latin

Charles-De-Gaulle Airport: About an hour by Subway (45 min by taxi)
Orly Airport: About an hour by Subway (35 min by taxi)
Châtelet-Les-Halles: About 25 min by Subway
Eiffel Tower: About 25 min by Subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Saint-Germain: Paris' Bourgeois Culture

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Sipping coffee in Saint-Germain is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Sipping Champagne? That's even better.

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Saint-Germain has a classy image to uphold. Designer labels and couture boutiques help residents get dressed in the mornings.

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The neighborhood's streets teem with highly-cultured and low-key independent businesses.

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Bookstores and design studios open their doors to the sidewalks of Saint-Germain.

Peaceful neighborhood in the centre of everything. We did not even have to buy a metro card, we just walked everywhere."
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Akanksha

Visited in 2013

Rich History Along Boulevard Saint-Germain

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Public sculptures and private art galleries characterize Saint-Germain, a neighborhood with artistic roots that stemmed from post-war movements and the 1960s.

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Remnants of its past creative inclinations can sometimes be found among Saint-Germain's quiet corners.

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The side streets that sneak away from Boulevard Saint-Germain lead to cinematic backdrops of centuries-old architecture.

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We were able to walk to Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Musée de Cluny as well as the boulevard St. Michel where we ate every evening. The famous Polidor restaurant which was featured in Woody Allen's movie Midnight In Paris is [there too]."
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sherwood

Visited in 2012

Cafe Culture: A Legacy of Literary Giants

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Politicians, writers, poets, and artists gathered in Saint-Germain's cafes to rouse passionate discussions and heated debates after WWII and into the 1960s.

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Café de Flore and Café des Deux Magots are now considered historic buildings.

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Locals honor the literary traditions that began decades ago with a thorough read of the daily newspaper.

Parliament and Jardin du Luxembourg: Scenic Escapes

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Jardin du Luxembourg hosts weekend walkers and summer crowds.

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Parisian senators enjoy the view from Parliament's windows in a 17th century palace.

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Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.

... we enjoyed taking a pastry or coffee and sitting in the park and watching the world go by. There is something very special about that garden for us, and it was perfect that we were so close."
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Sarah

Visited in 2012

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Marc Olivier Le Blanc

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Marc Olivier Le Blanc specializes in commercial and editorial portrait photography. Although he's currently based in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, he returned to his native France to shoot Paris for this project through a traveler's eye. He always strives to turn both the ordinary and the unusual into something extraordinary.

Loic Lagarde

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Loïc is a French photographer and world traveler addict based in Paris. He has been traveling all around the world trying to capture every unforgettable experience he met on his way. In Paris, the city where he grew up, he has the great opportunity to share with Airbnb his comprehensive knowledge of the City of Light.