Once the gathering place for bohemians and intellectuals, St. Germain is one of the most picturesque and lively arrondissements in the city.
St Germain des Pres has a collection of upscale boutiques, art galleries, interior design shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and jazz clubs and is an extension of the Latin Quartier with a more chic, artistic and intellectual feel to it.
The chic Luxembourg area, with its beautiful Palais du Luxembourg and Jardin du Luxembourg, has a quieter more spacious feeling and is very popular with families, students and tourists.
The rue de Rennes and adjoining streets host a number of designer and high street fashion labels, whilst rue du Cherche Midi offers many independent boutiques making it a haven for shoppers.
The smaller streets bordering the seventh are calmer and more residential.
This area is extremely sought-after, particularly by foreign investors who have made property prices here rise to an all-time high. With its central location, its views of the river, its parks and its proximity to the 7th arrondissement, it is very popular indeed. Haussmann-style architecture reigns in the district along with some even older buildings in the St Germain area.
Although mainly residential and commercial, many of the buildings are now being monopolised by businesses. Traffic and parking is difficult but public transport is excellent.