The Quartier du Luxembourg
The Quartier du Luxembourg is one of the loveliest parts of Paris: high above the Seine, it is easy to breathe here and the large area covered by the Jardin du Luxembourg means that you are never far away from this part of the city. There is less traffic here than in other parts of the city.
The main monument is the Palais du Luxembourg, built for Marie de Medici in the early 17th century but the Observatoire and the Hôpital du Val de Grâce are also interesting buildings.
Here are the main sights to see in this quartier: The Palais du Luxembourg, The Sénat, The Orangerie, The Fontaine Médicis, The Jardins du Luxembourg, The Statues of the Queens of France, Avenue de l'Observatoire, The Archaeological Institute, The Fontaine de l'Observatoire, Place Camille Jullian, The Observatoire, The Pavillon des Fontainiers.
The Quartier du Luxembourg adjoins the Quartier de Saint Germain des Prés to the North, the Latin Quarter (5th arrondissement) to the East and Montparnasse to the South-West.
Our favourite part is the Jardin du Luxembourg: the gardens are both bucolic and romantic and provide a haven of peace in a well-tended green space that is ideal for walking and escape from city life whatever the weather.
Jean Pierre passes on his favourite restaurants.
Le Petit Fernand, at 7 rue Lobineau, received the Certificat d’Excellence in 2013. It is in an attractive location next the Saint Germain market. The welcome is warm and responsiveand the two owners are very trendy. The blackboard menu offers a selection of starters and mains where the produce seems to be fresh from the market. The option to alter the accompaniments is a plus.
Au Pied de Fouet, at 3 rue Saint Benoit. Fast, friendly service. Small but delicious menu at very reasonable prices... Please note that it is very small and does not take bookings!
Le Bec Rouge, at 46 boulevard du Montparnasse. Warm welcome and plenty of ambience supplied by the owner. Extensive menu at typical Parisian prices. Excellent sauerkraut (and lots of it) and don't miss the 'bouchon' for dessert, it's divine. To sum up, good value for money and good food in relaxed surroundings.
Le Lutin dans le Jardin, at 15 rue Gît le cœur. The chef only uses fresh produce direct from the market, everything on the menu is homemade. Wine list with choice of around sixty wines from independent producers from 16€ to 70€.
Hélène Darroze, at 4 rue d’Assas, Hélène Darroze produces delicious, refined food with the flavours of her native Landes in a modern, comfortable and subtly lit decor. On the ground floor the chef offers chic 'petits plats' with the accent on food from the South-West of France. The menu is original and generous with a cuisine that mixes tradition with modernity.