I simply can’t write a love letter to Paris in one post. How could anyone? I’ll start with St. Germain. My home nestled in the Latin Quarter. Literary scholars are known for spending time in cafes but there is more to this arrondissement than that.
Where to start? Walk. It doesn’t matter which direction you find yourself walking, you simply cannot go wrong. I pass by Square Gabriel Pierne a thousand times on the way to the Seine. It’s the quiet walk that lets my mind wander but I often go into shops and galleries too. You never know what you will find.
The one place almost every book lover finds themselves? Shakespeare & Company. Of course, there will be a queue but don’t mind the wait. Talk to those in line and once you’re in, get lost in the books. Personally, it’s the French love letters that I find myself waiting to get to.
In the heart of the 5th arrondissement is my favorite Mexican restaurant, Anahuacalli. In this area, you can stop at a local market and pick up fresh produce and enjoy a walk (albeit not a quiet one). I do love it though. What is more Parisienne than walking and hearing the bustling sounds of buses, taxis, and Vespas?
For the best time dancing and eating? To enjoy that all at once, I recommend vino and pizza at Margherita Saint Germain.
A traditional breakfast? Cafe le Buci for crossiants and coffee/juice.
A spritz and an easy lunch? Relais Odeon.
Now with that being said, there are so many others that I really enjoy but will have to include later. Otherwise this post will get too long. Where to stay? That’s easy… Hotel Belloy St. Germain.