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Le Boulevard Saint-Germain

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The Boulevard Saint-Germain has been the meeting place for writers, painters and entertainers for many years. To walk this boulevard is an experience in itself, to simply discover it or for the opportunity to cross paths with one of the famous Parisians who frequent it. Several famous brasseries bear witness to the boulevard’s more heady days, the Café de Flore hosting the nascent Existentialists, under the guidance of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. They lived on the Place Saint-Germain des Près, a location that carries their names today in homage to the great French thinkers. The Surrealists, lead by André Breton, preferred the Brasserie des Deux Magots, found on the corner facing the church. On the opposite side of the boulevard, the Brasserie Lipp currently plays host to the stars of French show business. Today, whilst having lost a great deal of its cultural influence, the area still possesses several well-reputed publishers and bookstores, notably on rue Jacob. Near the border with the 7th arrondissement, around rue du Bac, one will find numerous modern designers and contemporary furniture stores (like Knoll). The area around the rue de Rennes is now a fashion paradise, many of the worlds top marks having boutiques here.
Beside the Boulevard Saint-Germain, you can visit Studio Saint-Germain or Studio Mazarine.

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