TOURIST SITES JUST AROUND THE CORNER

In an area full of places of knowledge and prestigious monuments, rubbing shoulders with alternative shops and cosmopolitan restaurants, the Hotel des Nations Saint-Germain is a perfect pied-a-terre. It is located on the approach to a maze of charming streets leading within minutes to the lively terraces of the pretty Place de la Contrescarpe, as well as the famous Rue Mouffetard, renowned for its street stalls and food shops.

Just beyond stands the proud silhouette of the majestic Pantheon, facing the elegant Luxembourg Gardens. The latter is served by the Boulevard Saint-Michel, one of the most commercial of the capital's streets with its fashion stores. A few hundred metres further on, it meets the equally renowned Boulevard Saint-Germain and its chic boutiques.

The Jardin des Plantes extends from the other side of the Latin Quarter. It is home to the various visiting sites of the National Museum of Natural History, including the botanical garden itself, a popular place with joggers. Facing it is the great Mosque of Paris, and 10 minutes walk away stands the Arab World Institute, from where you can continue straight ahead for the bustling Bastille neighbourhood.

Some suggestions of places to visit, all less than 30 minutes walk from the Hotel des Nations Saint-Germain:

Arènes de Lutèce

  • 49, rue Monge, 75005
  • To imagine yourself among the 15,000 spectators who used to come here to see the show almost 2000 years ago...

Institut du Monde Arabe

  • 1, rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, 75005
  • T: 01 40 51 38 38
  • For its contemporary art collections and exhibitions where civilisations interact, along with its musical entertainment.

Le Muséum national d’histoire naturelle

  • 36, rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005
  • T: 01 40 79 56 01 / 54 79
  • Great gallery of evolution, botanical greenhouses, palaeontology, mineralogy, zoo... Nature plays a starring role surrounded by greenery in the Jardin des Plantes!

Panthéon

  • 28, place du Panthéon, 75005
  • T: 01 42 72 10 16
  • For its imposing neoclassical architecture, the Nation's homage to the great figures of its history...

Jardin du Luxembourg

  • Place Edmond Rostand, 
 75006
  • T: 01 40 27 07 21
  • For its sculptures, flowerbeds, basins and chairs inviting you to rest and contemplate the Senate palace, without forgetting its museum with events-based exhibitions.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

  • 6, parvis Notre-Dame, 75004
  • T: 01 42 34 56 10
  • An exceptional masterpiece of Gothic art, the first stone of which was laid more than 850 years ago!

Église Saint-Étienne du Mont

  • Place Sainte-Geneviève, 75005
  • T: 01 43 25 38 49
  • This sixteenth-century building houses the only rood screen in Paris, as well as its oldest organ.

Musée et thermes de Cluny

  • 6, place Paul Painlevé, 75005
  • T: 01 53 73 78 00 
  • A museum where you can discover France of the Middle Ages, along with monumental Gallo-Roman baths.

The area surrounding the hotel is served by two underground and six bus lines, some of which allow for quick direct access to the right bank and numerous tourist attractions. These include the historic Marais district, Louvre Museum, Royal Palace, famous department stores on Boulevard Haussmann, Pompidou Centre and Pigalle area at the foot of Montmartre.

GOURMET ADDRESSES

La Maison de Verlaine

  • 39, rue Descartes, 75005 Paris
  • T: 01 43 26 39 15
  • To taste simple traditional cuisine in the former headquarters of the famous poet.

Le Bistrot des Gastronomes

  • 10, rue du Cardinal Lemoine
  • T: 01 43 54 62 40
  • Fresh, flavoursome bistro classics according to the seasons and the chef's inspiration!

Le Buisson Ardent

  • 25, rue de Jussieu, 75005
  • T: 01 43 54 93 02
  • Chef Arnaud Vansanten revisits tradition for bistronomic recipes served in a cosy historic setting.

Le Puit de Légumes

  • 18, rue Cardinal Lemoine, 75005
  • T: 01 43 25 50 95
  • A small organic restaurant for fresh, tasty and filling vegetarian fare!

Le Pré Verre

  • 8, rue Thénard, 75005
  • T: 01 43 54 59 47
  • A contemporary venue offering fresh, inventive market cuisine enhanced by a selection of natural wines.

L’Agrume

  • 15, rue des Fossés Saint-Marcel, 75005
  • T: 01 43 31 86 48
  • An understated place with a modern, creative seasonal menu by Franck Marchesi-Grandi, a chef with Michellin Star experience.

Chez René

  • 14, bd Saint-Germain, 75005
  • T: 01 43 54 30 23
  • An institution among Parisian brasseries that has concocted generous, traditional dishes for over 60 years.

L’Atelier de Maître Albert

  • 1, rue Maître Albert, 75005
  • T: 01 56 81 30 01
  • A contemporary grill created by three Michelin star chef Guy Savoy, for authentic cuisine crafted by Emmanuel Monsallier.

Chocolaterie Mococha

  • 89, rue Mouffetard, 75005
  • T: 01 47 07 13 66
  • A chocothèque offering a selection of the best chocolate (bites, bars, spreads, etc.) developed by masters of the art.

Raimo

  • 65, boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005
  • T: 01 46 34 36 59
  • To taste the exceptional ice cream and sorbets from the oldest artisan ice cream parlour in Paris.