The prosperous quarter of artists and thinkers - this is Saint-Germain-de-Prés. Thus, the bones of René Descartes are buried in the abbey of the same name. Historic cafés and restaurants from the 1920s are still popular with intellectuals and literati. It's also fitting that many publishing houses are based in St-Germain. In addition, the district is The Place To Be for all luxury shoppers: French design classics such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton line the boulevards. The Parisian hotels here are just as noble and exclusive.