The Left Bank, or "La Rive Gauche"...is the chic of the chic. Situated on the edge of the city's most elegant district, the 7th arrondissement, which boasts of the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, it's just minutes from Saint-Germain-des-Prés and all that it has to offer. You will be surrounded by the city's best shopping including the Left Bank's first and foremost department store, Le Bon Marché and its Grande Epicerie -- a gourmet's idea of heaven.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the city's most sought-after district by North American visitors. Centered around the church of the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, it is home to a number of famous cafés, such as Les Deux Magots, Brasserie Lipp and Café de Flore and was the center of the existentialist movement, where the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir wrote for hours on end and hobnobbed with other literary giants. From this part of the 6th arrondissement, most of Paris' most important sights are within walking distance.
Just around the corner is the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which at one time was just beyond the outskirts of early medieval Paris, and was the burial place of Merovingian kings of Nutria. Rues de Buci and Seine, a few steps away, are two of the district's primary market and gathering places, with cafés, restaurants, shops and fresh food markets in abundance.
Important museums are at every turn. Within walking distance is the Musée Maillol, the Musée d'Orsay and further on across the River Seine is the Musée du Louvre. Head westbound to the National Assembly and many governments' embassies, plus the Musée Rodin, Les Invalides and the Champ de Mars. From this part of the 6th arrondissement, many of Paris' most important sights are within walking distance including the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Eglise Saint-Sulpice.
Le Jardin du Luxembourg
Designer shops are within easy reach -- Louis Vuitton, Dior, Armani and Sonya Rykiel are at home here, to name just a few. Many of the city's finest art galleries line the nearby Left Bank streets. Just one block from the apartment is an olympic-size indoor public swimming pool (at 12, rue Lobineau) and you are just two blocks from the River Seine to easily cross to the Right Bank.
Many locals call rue de Verneuil "Magic Street." It is a food lover's paradise. Literally steps from your front door you will find an Androuet Cheese Shop, an Eric Kayser Patisserie, Le Cacaotier Artisan Choclatier and a charcuterie. A bounty of marvelous and intriguing restaurants line the street…from the intimate and casual to the très chic! Friendly bistros share the street with superlative and adventurous French gourmet cooking.
Antique lovers and 'culture vultures' will be delighted when staying here in the heart of the antiquarian area. A plethora of charming and stunning little antique shops full of French treasures are nestled among many contemporary art galleries. This street is a treasure trove of culinary, cultural and artistic delights.
Public transportation abounds on all sides including the RER regional train network which takes you to points outside of Paris such as the airports Charles de Gaulle and Orly, Disneyland Paris and Versailles. There is no doubt you will find this part of Paris perfectly charming and convenient. The district is every visitor's dream -- with everything you could ever need or desire within reach...the city of Paris and all its best entertainment at your doorstep.