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Top Choice Park in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Jardin du Luxembourg

This inner-city oasis of formal terraces, chestnut groves and lush lawns has a special place in Parisians' hearts. Napoléon dedicated the 23 gracefully laid-out hectares of the Luxembourg Gardens to the children of …
Top Choice Museum in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Musée Rodin

Sculptor, painter, sketcher, engraver and collector Auguste Rodin donated his entire collection to the French state in 1908 on the proviso that it dedicate his former workshop and showroom, the beautiful 1730 Hôtel …
Top Choice Museum in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Musée d’Orsay

The home of France’s national collection from the impressionist, postimpressionist and art nouveau movements spanning from 1848 to 1914 is the glorious former Gare d’Orsay railway station – itself an art nouveau sho…
Top Choice Monument in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Hôtel des Invalides

Flanked by the 500m-long Esplanade des Invalides lawns, Hôtel des Invalides was built in the 1670s by Louis XIV to house 4000 invalides (disabled war veterans). On 14 July 1789, a mob broke into the building and sei…
Top Choice Brasserie in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Bouillon Racine

Inconspicuously situated in a quiet street, this heritage-listed art nouveau ‘soup kitchen’, with mirrored walls, floral motifs and ceramic tiling, was built in 1906 to feed market workers. Despite the magnificent i…
Top Choice Food & Drinks in St-Germain & Les Invalides

La Grande Épicerie de Paris

The magnificent food hall of department store Le Bon Marché sells 30,000 rare and/or luxury gourmet products, including 60 different types of bread baked on site and delicacies such as caviar ravioli. Its fantastica…
Top Choice Gastronomy in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Tomy & Co

Tomy Gousset's restaurant near Mademoiselle Eiffel has been a sensation since day one. The French-Cambodian chef works his magic on inspired seasonal dishes using produce from his organic garden. Winter ushers in ar…
Top Choice Department Store in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Le Bon Marché

Built by Gustave Eiffel as Paris’ first department store in 1852, this is the epitome of style, with a superb concentration of men’s and women’s fashions, homewares, stationery, books and toys. Break for a coffee, a…
Top Choice Church in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Église St-Germain des Prés

Paris’ oldest standing church, the Romanesque St Germanus of the Fields, was built in the 11th century on the site of a 6th-century abbey and was the main place of worship in Paris until the arrival of Notre Dame. I…
Top Choice French in St-Germain & Les Invalides

L'Étable Hugo Desnoyer

Duck beneath the elegant stone arches of Marché St-Germain to uncover the stylish steakhouse of Paris' superstar butcher Hugo Desnoyer. Vegetarians be warned, there are some delicious veggie dishes too, but some of …