Smart Paris – Boutique hotel Les Jardins du Luxembourg
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If you choose to stay with us at the Hotel Jardins du Luxembourg, you will find yourself in the very heart of the Latin Quarter. There are many students and young people so the area is full of life and things to see and do. It is also one of the oldest parts of Paris, very well preserved, and you will enjoy an immediate sense of history and wonder all around you.
Less than five minutes away from the hotel, there are many restaurants, from the very simple to top quality. There is one special restaurant nearby called “Les Papilles” – the owner is Bertrand Bluy, a former patisserie chef at the world famous Taillevent restaurant. He will prepare for you a menu called “Retour du Marché” or “Just back from the market”, and every day it will be different, according to the best and freshest food available that morning. Another restaurant to savor some of the best traditional French cuisine is “Perraudin”.
Not to be missed is the Rue Mouffetard, between the Montagne Sainte Geneviève and the Saint Médard church. It is one of the oldest streets in Paris. It feels like a little village in the middle of Paris. It has many little restaurants, but the best is the fabulous food market – providing a real insight into French gastronomy with all the freshest ingredients. Let yourself be tempted by the cheese shop Androuet. Take the time to have a coffee on the terrace of a café on Place de la Contrescarpe.
If you like jazz, the place to go is Le Petit Journal at the corner of our road, one of the historical and renowned jazz clubs. It is considered one of the best places for listening to New Orleans style jazz. You can have dinner there or just have a drink while enjoying a live traditional high quality jazz band.
After a wander in the Jardin des Plantes, have a cup of traditional mint tea in the patio gardens of the beautifully decorated Paris Grande Mosque (with delicious pastries).
There are so many things to do in this part of Paris that the list is never ending… one last mention, the Espace Saint Michel, with a cinema that dates back to 1912 as well as an area that has been modernized in 1991. You can enjoy some of the old classics in English as well as the latest international film releases.