New York Habitat Video with David Hill Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Part 3 – Paris, France Hello, I’m David Hill with New York Habitat. Today we’re going to visit another lively neighborhood and a trendy place to live: Saint-Germain-des-Prés! This is the third episode of our 3-part series on Saint-Germain-des-Prés. If you haven’t yet watched the 1st or 2nd episodes, you can find them on our YouTube channel. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is located just south of the Seine river and west of the Latin Quarter, It was once home to a large monastery and a tiny market town. On the boulevard Saint-Germain, you may want to do some window shopping at Emporio Armani or Louis Vuitton, among others, but if you’re looking for some smaller French designers have a look at the shops on rue de Four and rue Bonaparte. If it’s food you are after, there are plenty of interesting food shops: pastry shops, delicatessens, and you can also find several delicious up market chocolate shops like Debauve et Gallais on Rue des Saints-Pères or the rebel chocolate maker Patrick Roger on Boulevard Saint-Germain. This street, the rue de Buci, is one of the liveliest in the area. A food market during the day, it is also a great place for pastries and desserts, delicatessen items and ice cream. For something more vivacious, the bars and cafés are lively places, particularly in the evening. And if you’re going to buy food at the local market, you’ll need a kitchen to cook it in. All of New York Habitat’s furnished apartments come with fully equipped kitchens. Le Procope at number 13 rue de l’ancienne Comédie is the oldest existing café in Paris, founded in 1686. Parisian cafés go back to 1672 when 2 Armenian brothers introduced this new, exotic Arabian drink to the city. 50 years later, there were over 600 luxury coffee shops in Paris. Le Procope attracted writers La Fontaine, Voltaire, Diderot and Benjamin Franklin. Even Napoleon Bonaparte and Oscar Wilde came here. If you walk around the corner on Saint Andre des Arts you can see the other side of the Le Procope and the quaint passageway, Le Cour de Commerce, one of the only covered passageways on the left bank. It was here where Dr Guillotin perfected his new invention, the dreaded guillotine. The best way to recover after a long day of shopping in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is to go home. And a “home” is exactly what you’ll get when you rent a furnished apartment in the heart of this famous neighborhood. New York Habitat offers furnished rentals in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and all over Paris. There is no better way to experience the true flavor Paris than to live in a true Parisian apartment. If you’re looking for restaurants, here are some great choices for food… Restaurant Polidor at 41 rue Monsieur-le-Prince for reasonably-priced traditional food and atmosphere. Le Comptoir du Relais at 9 carrefour de l’Odéon for inventive, contemporary food by a well-known chef. Le Bistrot Mazarin at 42 rue Mazarine patronized by the Parisians for its good food and wine. And finally, Le Petit Zinc 11 rue Saint-Benoit a charming, tasteful restaurant close to the Saint-Germain-des-Près church. Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed our tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, an area where history and culture meet. If you can think of anything we’ve missed, make sure you leave a comment in the comment section below. Be sure to check out parts 1 and 2 of our three-part series on Saint-Germain-des-Prés. In parts 1 and 2, we’ll take you to the Saint Germain church, some famous cafés, the Odéon Theatre and more. Staying in an apartment is without a doubt the best way to experience St-Germain-des-Prés. And the best way to find a vacation rental is to visit our website at nyhabitat.com. Wherever you decide to stay in Paris, New York Habitat will have the perfect apartment for you. I’m David Hill with New York Habitat. We hope to see you soon, sipping coffee like a local in St-Germain-des-Prés!