Located in the 6th arrondissement in Paris, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood has always attracted Parisian intellectual life. The Saint-Germain-des-Prés Abbey, a former Parisian Benedictine Abbey, is at the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood. Today, it is one of the smartest districts in the capital, with its many luxury boutiques and large Parisian apartments. There are also some of Paris’ most famous restaurants here like the Deux Magots and the Café de Flore, frequented once by many well-known people like poets Guillaume Apollinaire, André Breton and Louis Aragon. A little further on is spread the Odeon district. Known for its theatre, its Faculty of Medicine, its galleries and cinemas… It is one of the busiest neighbourhoods in the city. Take a walk around the Cour du Commerce Saint André that still has some remains of the old city wall, built by Philippe-Auguste at the end of 12th century and is home to one of Paris’ oldest cafes, the Procope – the haunt of writers ever since the 17th century. If you continue your stroll to the end of the Rue du Four you will find le Bon Marché, the oldest Parisian department store.
Also worth seeing: the Saint-Michel Fountain, built in 1860; the Paris School of Fine Art (Beaux-Arts) whose chapel was constructed at the beginning of the 17th century for the Petits-Augustins Convent; the magnificent Church of Saint-Sulpice, which contains several murals by Eugène Delacroix.