St Germain-des-Prés: Intellectuals and Jazz on the Left Bank

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Memories France

We believe that travel in today’s world should mean more than just passing through, skimming the surface, snapping a photo. Here, at Memories France we are a team of guides and tourism professionals, with different backgrounds but a same passion: connecting with people from around the world, exchanging with each other in an authentic and human way, and offering the best possible experiences in our city to our visitors. 

  • 1.5 Hours
  • 1 to 20
  • Montmartre, France

Dive into St Germain-des-Pres past and present, home to iconic Parisian cafés, art galleries, boutiques and Left Bank chic.

Explore the authentic side of St Germain-des-Prés with an expert local guide. Once the hotbed of artistic and literary life in Paris, this stylish neighborhood is Left Bank cool at its best.


  • Explore the Parisian’s St Germain-des-Près with a local expert
  • See the iconic cafés of the Left Bank
  • Discover lively, local streets full of chic boutiques and galleries
  • Hear the fascinating history of this mythical quarter

Tour Description

Home of literary geniuses, rebellious students and revolutionaries, the captivating stories of this mythical neighborhood can be found down winding streets, in quiet courtyards and on its legendary café terraces. We’ll dive into the fascinating past of this iconic Left Bank neighborhood as we discover the Parisian’s St Germain des Pres, far from the tourist crowds.

Here, revolutionary plots were hatched, philosophical and literary debates raged in the cafés, and stylish Parisians danced and made music in underground jazz clubs.The intellectual and artistic elite of Paris flocked here in the 1950’s, bringing together artists, writers, poets and musicians, and the crowded bars and clubs reverberated to the new music of Miles Davis and Sidney Bechet.

Today it’s still lively and typical, home to art-house cinemas, art galleries, hip boutiques, bustling street markets and some superb places to shop and eat; a perfect place to stroll and soak up the very Parisian atmosphere in the company of an expert local guide.

Price Includes

  • Guided 1.5 hour walking tour in English
  • Fully licensed expert local guide
  • Limited groups of 20 people or fewer


Private – Benefit from a private guide, just for you and your family or friends
Tailor your visit to suit your own specific needs and wishes
Explore at your own pace

Price for 2 guests

Shared – Share your experience with a small group of people from all over the world Save time with our pre-reserved entrances Enjoy exploring with the best hand-picked local guides

Price for 1 adult