Welcome to the 6th Arrondissement of Paris
The 6th Arrondissement of Paris includes some of the most famous areas in the city: The Latin Quarter in the northeastern part of the arrondissement, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood in the area around the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Odéon area around the Odéon Theatre, the Notre-Dame-des-Champs area around the metro station of the same name, and the Luxembourg area around the Jardin du Luxembourg. Discover what it’s like to walk the streets of the 6th Arrondissement in our Latin Quarter video tour. The 6th Arrondissement is roughly bordered by the River Seine in the north, the Boulevard Saint-Michel in the east, the Boulevard du Montparnasse in the south, and the Rue de Sèvres and Rue des Saint Pères in the west. The neighborhood is easily accessible with the metro, as the 4, 10, 12 and RER B lines run right through it.
This arrondissement has a very rich history. It contains the oldest remaining church in Paris, and the neighborhood became a center for artists and writers in the 20th Century. The famous cafes of the area had as their regular patrons writers such as Jean Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway and Simone de Beauvoir. With institutions such as the École des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Française, it’s not difficult to see why the 6th Arrondissement is still considered the center intelligentsia. The area has much to offer when it comes to art and culture, but don’t forget to also enjoy the incredible vibrant vibe of this bustling neighborhood in Paris!
Shopping in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris
- On the bustling Place Saint-Michel you’ll find a wonderful bookstore called Gilbert Jeune. This store not only offers a great selection of books and office supplies, but also has amazing inexpensive maps of Paris! Don’t forget to have a look at the Fontaine Saint-Michel on the square: a beautiful big fountain featuring statues created by nine different sculptors. The Place Saint-Michel is a great place to start your Paris adventure.
- There’s a world-famous bookstore just two blocks east from here that’s technically not a part of the 6th Arrondissement, but it’s so great we felt we just had to include it: Shakespeare and Co. on the Rue de la Bucherie. This amazing bookstore carries English-language books only, and even allows young writers to stay above the shop. Peruse the floor to ceiling bookshelves for a one of a kind souvenir, as the staff stamps any book you buy so you’ll never forget where it came from.
- Chocolate lovers should definitely head over to Patrick Roger on the Boulevard Saint Germain. In this shop chocolate is treated like art. The chocolates and truffles are exquisite, and also make a wonderful gift.
- City-Pharma on Rue du Four is the place to go for skincare and beauty products. This amazing pharmacy has great deals, but is not the best kept secret in Paris, so be sure to visit early in the day to avoid the lines!
Lastly, a neighborhood isn’t truly Parisian without fresh food markets. The 6th Arrondissement boasts two great markets: the small covered market Marché Couvert Saint Germain and the amazing organic outdoor market Marché Raspail.
6th Arrondissement Cafés, Restaurants and Bars
As we’ve mentioned before, the 6th Arrondissement is all about cafes, bars and restaurants. The following are just a small selection of the many great places this area of Paris has to offer.
Next-door neighbor Café de Flore also saw many literary greats walk through its door. As its name suggests, the café is beautifully decorated with plants and flowers, so try to get a seat on the terrace to soak it all in! To see what the café looks like for yourself, watch our Video Tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés!
Le Procope on Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie is said to be the oldest café in Paris. As such, it has been visited by the likes of Rousseau, Voltaire, Robespierre and Benjamin Franklin. Come for the history and stay for the food!
Le Timbre on Rue Sainte Beuve is an amazing quaint French restaurant with a great ambience. Be sure to make reservations as the place fills up quickly!
When you’re looking for a truly romantic restaurant in Paris, you can’t go wrong with Relais Louis XIII on Rue Grands Augustins. The cozy interior and excellent French food will make for a night to remember!
For somewhat more affordable, but still very delicious fare, head to Brasserie Lipp on the Boulevard Saint-Germain. Enjoy the hearty and delicious food, and if you’re seated at the window have fun with some people watching!
Little Breizh on Grégoire de Tours might just be one of the best creperies in the whole of Paris. The savory crepes are amazing and great for lunch, but do show up early, as there can be quite a line.
Other amazing restaurants in the area include La Cigale Recamier, Les Bouquinistes, Santa Lucia, Le Café des Arts and La Palette.
Chez Georges is one of the many amazing bars you’ll find along the Rue des Canettes. This cave-like wine bar features popular DJs but can get quite crowded late at night.
The Moose on Rue des Quatre Vents is a great sports bar with an international crowd. Try one of their delicious cocktails or a Canadian beer.
L’Avant Comptoir on Carrefour de l’Odeon is a tapas style French bar that pairs great wines with solid food. The bar is quite small, and be warned that it’s standing room only.
Stay in a 6th Arrondissement Apartment
Convinced this is one of the best neighborhoods in Paris? Consider staying in a vacation apartment in the Saint-Germain area during your visit to the city! You’ll be close to many of Paris’ landmarks, and you can be sure there’s always something to see or do in the area.
When you’re coming to Paris for a longer period, consider staying in a furnished apartment in the Saint-Germain area. You can truly feel at home in the neighborhood, and will have ample time to explore the cafes in the area at your own leisure. If you prefer to stay in for a night, simply stock up on fresh ingredients at the local market and cook your own dinner in the fully equipped kitchen of your apartment.
What to See & Do in the 6th Arrondissement
The Jardin du Luxembourg is the most famous park in the neighborhood, and the second largest public park in the city. The park features a beautiful pond where children can float sailboats, and plenty of chairs where adults can relax and soak up some sun. The Square du Vert Galant and Promenade de l’Allée du Séminaire are two other nice parks in the Arrondissement. There’s also a promenade that runs along the Seine River, and from which you have a great view of the Ile de la Cité. Don’t forget to visit the two famous bridges Pont des Arts and Pont Neuf as well. At the Pont des Arts you’ll find the famous love locks. Have a look at Discover the Seine River for more information about the bridges.
When it comes to culture, the 6th Arrondissement is especially well known for its theatres. The National Theater Théatre de l’Odeon is the most famous of the neighborhood, but the Théatre du Vieux Colombier and Théatre du Lucernaire are also great. UGC Odeon and MK2 Odeon are two well-known movie theaters in the area. Lastly, the Musée du Luxembourg is a lovely museum showcasing different exhibitions, and the Musée Delacroix contains an extensive collection of Delacroix’s paintings.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to the 6th Arrondissement of Paris! What’s your favorite café in Paris?