What to expect in Saint-Germain
In Saint-Germain-des-Prés you'll discover several of the top players in the Paris art scene here, both in modern and contemporary art, plus design, with the best antiquarians for Art Déco, architect furnitures from the 50's and pioneers in the trend of art design, very small editions by top designers.
When we're in Saint-Germain we seek out its mix of both modern and contemporary art galleries, and excellent selection of design and furniture.
In 1937, Picasso was painting there the now world famous Guernica painting, in reaction against the bombing of the Spanish city baring that name. From "Les années folles" to the mid-century/1960's, writers, philosophers, musicians and painters active there made the "chic and intellectual" reputation of these small and elegant streets between the Seine and Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Today, it's still a place for art and creation, with generations of artists trained at the French School of School of Fine Arts and one of the biggest concentration of galleries.
Who hasn't dreamed of a café at Café de Flore or Les Deux Magots ?
The downside of its popularity is that the area is now quite touristy, and it's easy to miss the true spirit of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Along the way, we'll stop in the stores of our favorite French fashion names, and lunch at selected restaurants and bars.