Cour du Commerce Saint André, Paris, France

Cour du Commerce Saint André, Paris, France


This is the busy Saint Germain boulevard, in the Latin Quarter. The Cour du Commerce Saint André begins on its north side, behind those trees on the right. There’s a handy Métro station across the boulevard from the Cour du Commerce. It’s the Odéon station, on lines 4 (north-south) and 10 (east-west). Just cross the street as you come out of the Métro. The entrance to this little pedestrian passage is surprisingly easy to miss. The current passage is the same age as the United States (built in 1776). However, it follows an even older path, the old city wall of Philippe Auguste (early 1200s). This is looking north from the southern (Saint Germain) entrance to the passage. This is looking back the opposite way, south towards the boulevard. The passage is purely pedestrian, no cars allowed. One of the landmarks in the passage is this turn-of-the-century bistro, the Relais Odéon. It’s hard to beat for fin de siècle atmosphere. Across the street is this brand new restaurant. Great assortment of ice cream flavors, for almost $US 5 per scoop! This restaurant near the southern entrance serves half-French, half-American dishes. There are lots of quaint street signs in the passage, some very old, some not so old. The Procope opened more than 300 years ago, and is the oldest café in Paris. It was frequented by such people as Ben Franklin, Voltaire, Danton, Robespierre … In contrast, the large Pub Saint Germain is quite modern, and equally popular. The pavement is rough cobblestones, and some of them are very old indeed. There are other shops besides restaurants. The northern end of the passage is covered. This is the view south, from the northern, covered portion of the passage. And this is looking towards the northern entrance to the passage. It opens onto the Saint André des Arts street. There are two restaurants, a bar, and some other shops at this end. Quite an elaborate menu for such a small restaurant! The bonsai shop is a bit of a surprise, but why not? This store has some cool writing instruments and paper, and other things. The north end of the passage opens onto the rue Saint André des Arts. There’s a Mexican restaurant at this end that sells burritos for only $US 17. Let’s just take a quick glance at the passage late at night. There are still people around, even close to midnight. This is actually the rear entrance to the Procope. The bistro is quiet at this hour. And the semi-American-style restaurant appears to be closed. Thank you for watching my video.

17 Replies to “Cour du Commerce Saint André, Paris, France”

  1. @TheFraigo The actual filming of this video took place in early September, a little over a month ago, and it was still pretty hot.

  2. I really like how you have shown off the same places in the day and at night. When I was there many years ago, Paris felt like the center of the world to me. Thanks for posting.

  3. @moofushu Thanks. I was just lucky, because I had some extra footage of the passage at night, and I thought it might be interesting to viewers to see the contrast. I edited it into the video in kind of a clumsy way, though.

  4. Thanks for another quick inexpensive trip to Paris if only by video. We ate at Procope twice. I had the Coq au Vin(my favorite). We also had the oysters and drank too much fine wine. I kept the bill from Procope and also Fouquets. I want to go back to both places sooner rather than later.

  5. In summer 2006 my wife and I rented an apartment over looking the "back" of Le Procope. It was a wonderful time on a beautiful street. A little noisy at night (!) but unforgetable times. Thanks for the great video.

  6. Thanks so much for all your wonderful videos! I was in this area quite a bit back in 2000 and 2001, but I never discovered this little passage. When I return, I'll know where to go now! Charming, and nicely done.

  7. Not bad. Good HD 1080p. Very stable. Audio commentary would be a good idea. More close ups, such as menus, food. Thanks for the upload.

  8. Yeah, I know I should do more close-ups. I don't do audio commentary because some viewers might find it distracting. I do put commentary in closed captions, though, for those viewers who'd like to see some comments and explanation.

  9. We were there yesterday and only when I realised that the v.old Procope is located here, I remembered that I passed through this charming alley before, years ago – some of the shops are gone in the meantime, Sunday in Paris is still going strong which is a bit of a surprise with their steep prices but it surely is not a 'cheap' area – we mustn't forget that. The Odéon which I – that last time – visited but w/o my camera, was refurbished completely last year (2015). Very nicely done but sad to me who loves the authentic old and a bit 'tired' stuff…. a bit like myself :)Thanks for this video, I think you did a great job.

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