Les Éditeurs is a hybrid cafe, library (there are more than 5000 books on hand), bar, salon de thé and restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows that make it a great place to watch the germanopratine (yes, there is an adjective for St-Germain des Prés) goings-on. Weekend brunch (11am to 5pm; €26), with fresh-squeezed juices and bourbon-vanilla panna cotta, is big here.

Outside, a statue of Georges Danton, a leader of the Revolution and later one of its guillotined victims, stands head intact.