St. Germain  des Prés: Literary Cafes and Chic District

Since middle-ages, the Left Bank of Paris is the intellectual side of the city. This literary production centre has its roots in the abbey St. Germain des Prés, with the work of the copyist monks.


But it took a new impulsion with the cafes of the neighbourhood, which randomly attracted writers, revolutionary leaders and heads of states. To the point that nowadays, one says that the doing and the undoing of a literary reputation always take place in this district...


Don't miss the incredible Luxembourg gardens at the end of the tour!

Standard duration: 2 hrs to 3 hrs

Price: 250€ (up to 30 people)                             The location of hearing system is recommended beyond 10 people

Flat price.                                                            Location: 2€/person for a half day


We will see together: Luxembourg Gardens, St. Germain church, St. Sulpice church, French Academy, literary cafes...

This walking tour shows buildings from outside only, except for the churches


Other tours in the same area: Latin Quarter, Pantheon, Montparnasse

© Caroline Weber

From what age is the tour recommended?

This tour is easy to follow for children but there is a lot of walk. For the complete version, I recommend this tour only from 8 years old. For a shorter and funnier version, it is possible from 6 years old.


How long is the tour?

If you need a short version (family tours or just because you prefer), 2 hours is the minimum to appreciate this tour. A complete tour of the Luxembourg gardens means an extra 20 minutes.  So if you are in no hurry, I recommend  a 3 hours tour to enjoy the gardens and take a break in a cafe to completely experience the atmosphere of St. Germain des Prés.


Is there a day we cannot make this tour?

No, the tour happens rain or shine. Everything is outside so no timetable to follow.


Is there a lot of walk?

The tour is between 2.3 and 2.8 miles long. Breaks are possible on the way. 


Is this visit wheelchair accesible ?

Yes, the tour is wheelchair accessible. A readaptation is necessary but nothing impossible, except maybe for the churches which have few steps at the entrance.


Good to know

There are not many free toilets on the way, it is better to keep small change (50 cts, 1€ or 2€) just in case.

Dress apropriately for the weather.

There are drinking fountains on the way to fill a bottle in case of heat.