Image by Yuko Ogino

L’été de Saint Germain – An ephemeral garden-bar

As the French plough through the last days before their summer holidays with heavy hearts, it seems that the gods have decided that the blazing sun ought to drench the land to raise their spirits.

After a full day walking around, responsibly topping up my vitamin D levels, stepping into the courtyard of the Palais Abbatiale de Saint-Germain-des-Prés felt as satisfying as fighting your way through a dense forest into an unexpected, lush clearing; as you can tell, urban life twists your imagination to run wild…

Credit for this spot goes to my singer-songwriter friend who performed here as part of the live music programme. This garden bar is only open during the summer months, and will be providing a peaceful, car-free, shady anti-terrasse until the 21st of August.

The pop-up bar serves up a decent selection of beverages with which to quench your thirst as well as club sandwiches (€ 12), planches (€ 16) and desserts (€ 4) to pick at.

As I sat at one of the colourful tables, my friend was singing his last song of the set. I turned and caught sight of the tree at the centre dressed in colourful light-bulbs, now blanketing the courtyard with their soft firefly glow.

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Details about this spot



Rue de l'Abbaye 5, Paris

Opening Times

11:00 - 00:00 daily | Check Facebook


Wine (glass): € 6


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)