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degas Jan 15th, 2006 04:07 PM

Degas Paris Walks: St-Germain & Invalides (Jan 06)
Revised this one a bit and included comments from a previous thread. I welcome feedback on things to do and see as well as places to eat and drink.

Use Invalides as the west border and Jardin du Luxumbourg as the east border. Approach this one as an area exploration with a mix of sightseeing, walking, photos, and shopping. ones.

Start at MO: La Tour Maubourg, Vennes, or Invalides


Napoleon's Tomb, Army Museum and Order of the Liberation Museum,1891,3340,1891,3340

MUSEE RODIN & GARDEN: 77 rue de Varenne

Note: When in the garden - "line up" the Thinker, Napoleon's Gold Dome and the Tour Eiffel. Sit in the lovely, peaceful garden.


HOTEL DE MATIGNON: 57 rue de Verenne
Beautiful building & Garden where Talleyrand once lived.

LE MUSÉE MAILLOL: 61 rue de Grenelle.

Closed Tues. 11Am to 6Pm. Collection is housed in a beautiful 18C mansion famous for fountain and significant works by others: Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso and Renoir.


AU BON MARCHE DEPARTMENT STORE. 24 rue de Sevres. MO: Sevres-Babylone.

Founded in 1852, the world's first department store covers 32,000 sq meters on 5 levels.Large grocery store called "la Grande Epicerie."

Explore shops on Rue de Servres/Rue du Four towards St-Sulpice and adjacent Rues: du Dragon, Cherche Midi, and Bonaparte

THE RUE DU DRAGON is a short street running from St-Germain des Prés to the Carrefour de la Croix Rouge. It boasts houses from the 17th and 18th century, but is really a relic of the Middle Ages. When he was 19, Victor Hugo lived at No. 30.

LADUREE. 21 rue Bonaparte (corner of rue Jacob and Bonaparte). Famous for macaroons.


Hawkers compete for your attention; artfully-arranged stalls and great-smelling shops compete for your eye and appetite. Cafés lining the street are good for watching the show.

MUSEE DELAXCROIX. 6 rue de Furstenberg. Closed Monday. Open 0945-1700. Museum Card. Last apartment and studio occupied by Delacroix from 1857 to 1863.Personal memorabilia and works of the artist.

MUSEE HEBERT. 85 rue du Cherche-Midi. M: Vaneau. Closed Tue. Open 1230-1800. Museum Card. Works of the painter, Ernest Hébert (1817-190 .Artist's house evokes the complex and refined spirit of the second half of the nineteenth century. talian landscapes.

COUR DE ROHON (Rohon Courtyard)

Often called a magical hideaway. Location of musical film Gigi. This series of tiny courtyards offers a trip back to Renaissance France. Entered from arcade of the Cour du Commerce St-Andre.

COUR DU COMMERCE ST-ANDRE. Romantic 18C cobblestoned street-arcade - often called one of the loveliest sights in Paris.

Le Procope is opposite Cour de Rohon. The world’s first coffeehouse, founded in 1686, is situated at 13 rue de l’Ancienne-Comédie – just a few blocks west of the cafés. It is no longer a coffee house, but rather an elegant restaurant. Supposedly Voltaire would drink 40 cups of its coffee per day. It was also a haunt of the young Napoléon I.


MUSÉE DE LA MONNAIE. 11 quai de Conti. Closed Mon. Open: 1-6 p.m. Late Wed until 2100. Museum Card. Remarkable collection of coins and medals presenting the history of France from the Renaissance to the present. Stained glass windows from the Renaissance, paintings, engravings.

FRAGONARD, a block west of Café Flore on the corner of rue des St-Pères, Soaps.

LA MAISON IVRE, on elegant rue Jacob (dense with interesting antique shops and bookstores). Sells handmade Provençal pottery. Small yellow and green olive bowls make pretty gifts.

ST-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS. some say this is the oldest church in Paris. It was built, by the Merovingian King Childebert in 542, to house holy relics. It was rebuilt during the 11th century, the 19th century and again in the 1990s. Since its inception, it was a very influential Benedictine abbey. During the Revolution it was burned. It was mostly rebuilt during the 19th century, but one of the 3 original Romanesque belfries still remains and is the oldest in France. The philosopher-mathematician, René Descartes is buried there. The church has a Gothic choir and a Romanesque nave.,4358,

MARCHÉ SAINT GERMAIN (rue Lobineau 6e, metro Mabillon)
Just north of east end of the Eglise Saint Germain des Prés, has a huge array of produce and prepared food

To the side of the church, in a small square, is Picasso's Hommage to Apollinaire, in memory of the poet

PLACE DE FURSTENBURG. Perhaps the most charming square in Paris. Globed lamppost and Paulownia trees, but is postcard-perfect.

Place St-Sulpice with impressive Fontaine des Quatre-Eveques

ST-SULPICE CHURCH. Large and beautiful Italianate building. Has one of the largest pipe organs in the world, interior is larger than Notre Dame's, and there are Delacroix murals.

Note: don't forget to look for the button on the wall which turns the spotlight on the de la Croix.



Le Procope 13, rue de l'Ancienne-Comédie
Café de Flore 172, boulevard St-Germain

Brasserie Lipp 151, boulevard St-Germain
Les Deux Magots 6, place St-Germain-des-Prés

Wood-fired ovens of Poilâne at 8 rue du Cherche-Midi

Café Bonaparte, one block down rue Bonaparte toward the seine from les deux maggots.

La Palette 43 Rue de Seine; 33-1/43-26-68-15. You are treading the mosaic floors once brushed by Cézanne's and Braque's soles St-Germain art dealers come here and there are used palettes on the walls, given by Beaux-Arts students.

Lipp: 151, bd Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris. Tel.: 45 48 53 91. Open daily to 2 a.m. French cuisine.

Polidor: 41, rue Monsieur-le-Prince, 75006 Paris. Tel.: 43 26 95 34. Family cooking from FF 100.

Dinner at Le Relais de l?Entrecote on rue St-Benoit This restaurant serves one meal for 20€. Steak with a special sauce french fries and a green salad with walnuts.

Cafe Mabillon at the corner of Rue de Seine & Blvd. St. Germain is a good spot for lunch/people watching

La Cigale at 11 bis rue Chomel (Métro : Sèvres-Babylone) is a lunch treat that serves only soufflés.

Marco Polo restaurant with outside seating at 8, rue de Condé, on the corner of rue St-Sulpice.

Bar de la Croix Rouge , 2 carrefour de la Croix Rouge, sandwiches and salads

Cosi at 54, rue de Seine, sandwiches and salads

Bistro des Augustins, 39 quai des Grands Augustins, wine bar

Le Sauvignon at 80, rue des Sts-Pères, wine bar.


Christian Constant, 37 rue d'Assas, for amazing chocolates

Comtesse du Berry at 1, rue de Sèvres for superb foie gras

Anne-Sophie Duval at 5 Quai Malaquais

l'Arc en Seine, 31 rue de Seine, art nouveau and deco things

Debauve and Gallois in the 7th on rue des Saints Peres (just north of bd St-Germain), chocolatier

Les Nereides on rue du Four, jewelry shops Salesgirls go out of their way to be helpful and friendly.

Margaretlb Jan 15th, 2006 06:37 PM

Thanks, Degas. I'm always looking for some hidden place and Cour de Rohan certainly qualifies. I'd noticed the courtyard from the cour but didn't realize I could enter. Can't wait until April when I next visit.

Underhill Jan 15th, 2006 07:02 PM

I've added the Cour to my itinerary for next October--many thanks, Degas.

francophile03 Jan 15th, 2006 07:41 PM

Thanks for the writeup and helpful tips. The Cour de Rohan is a 'must see' in my opinion. Be careful how you step though. The cobblestones are uneven and not always filled in; the gaps between are a bit large.

dina4 Jan 15th, 2006 07:56 PM

Hi Degas,

I can't add anything, but I can thank you wholeheartedly for your wonderful efforts. I've taken notes for our trip in June.

Thank you!!!!

ira Jan 16th, 2006 03:14 AM

Hi d,

Up the street from Laduree, at 72 Rue Bonaparte, is Pierre Herme'. chocolates, pastries and macarons that are equal to or better than Laduree.

>... one block down rue Bonaparte toward the seine from les deux maggots. <

Only one g in Magot. :)


degas Jan 16th, 2006 07:32 AM

Thanks for the feedback.

degas Jan 16th, 2006 09:28 AM

Option: Walk down toward the river, go past the gallery-filled rue Visconti to #13 rue des Beaux-Arts. Look for a very plain hotel façade, labeled L’Hôtel. A bronze ram head will be over the entrance and a small plaque will say that Oscar Wilde died here. Back in 1900 it was a seedy place for poor travelers and not the fine establishment it is today. The prestigious Beaux-Arts (art and design school) is at the other end of the street. Take a peek inside at the floor-to-ceiling atrium and/or have a drink at the very pleasant Le Bélier Bar.

ira Jan 16th, 2006 09:49 AM

Hi d,

That's a good find.


degas Jan 16th, 2006 10:13 AM

Hi ira

This place is close by and might be worth a peek, if only for the building itself. Has anybody been inside?

degas Jan 16th, 2006 04:47 PM

Jody reminded me that I had left out a very pretty church:

SAINT-CLOTILDE, 23 bis rue Las Cases, very near the Rodin, metro Solferino. Once the most fashionable church in 19c Paris, the neo-Gothic Basilique Ste-Clotilde is best known for its imposing twin spires.

Cato Jan 26th, 2006 07:29 AM

Thanks Degas. I plan to explore this area on my trip this summer.

mvor Jan 26th, 2006 08:39 AM

"MARCHÉ SAINT GERMAIN (rue Lobineau 6e, metro Mabillon) Just north of east end of the Eglise Saint Germain des Prés, has a huge array of produce and prepared food"

The March&eacute; is north east of St. Sulpice <i>not</i> Eglise Saint Germain.

In addition to the amazing Pierre Herm&eacute;, I'd add G&eacute;rard Mulot at 76, rue de Seine for delicious pastries.

Cato Jan 28th, 2006 10:55 AM

I saw this info on the Raspail Market and was wondering if had a different focus than MARCH&Eacute; SAINT GERMAIN?

Boulevard Raspail between rue du Cherche-Midi and rue de Rennes.
Tuesday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Metro : Rennes

degas Jan 30th, 2006 09:36 AM


With the Jardin du Luxembourg nearby, this is the perfect area for a picnic lunch. There is a large cluster of food shops on rue de Seine and rue de Buci, 6e (metro Mabillon).

The renovated and covered March&eacute; Saint Germain (rue Lobineau 6e, metro Mabillon), just north of the eastern end of the Eglise Saint Germain des Pr&eacute;s, has a huge array of produce and prepared food.

Champion: 79 rue de Seine, 6e, metro Mabillon). Supermarket opens 8.40am to 9pm, Monday to Saturday. There's a superb fromagerie just next door.

Chez Jean-Mi: 10 rue de l'Ancienne Comedie, 6e, metro Od&eacute;on). Boulangerie (with restaurant at the back) opens 24 hours a day.

Monoprix;(52 rue de Rennes, 6e, metro Saint Germain des Pr&eacute;s). Department store supermarket, basement level, opens 0900-2200, Mon to Sat.

degas Feb 2nd, 2006 09:57 AM


degas Feb 12th, 2006 05:00 PM

Possible quick stop to take a peek:

Deyrolle (46 rue du Bac, 7, St-Germain-des-Pr&eacute;s, Paris, France. PHONE: 01-42-22-30-07, M&eacute;tro: Rue du Bac)

A fascinating 19C taxidermist. Head upstairs and you'll be met by a group of zebras, birds seemingly frozen in mid-flight, and exotic mounted insects. Children are enthralled by the lion and the trays of shimmering butterflies.

degas Apr 2nd, 2006 10:16 AM

Putting the final touches on this bad boy - additional suggestions are welcomed

pjsparlor Apr 2nd, 2006 12:35 PM


cruisinred Feb 7th, 2007 01:52 PM

Can someone confirm what days of the week the March&eacute; Saint Germain is open?


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