Neighborhood Spotlight: The 6th Arrondissement

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Centrally-located in Paris, the 6th arrondissement was once the center of the city’s literary and intellectual life, its cafés host to the likes of Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Boris Vian. While it doesn’t have quite the same reputation today, some of the old neighborhood institutions remain, and there are plenty of newer places to explore in the arrondissement. Here are our highlights:

Shopping

The Saint Germain des Près neighborhood is one of the top spots for shopping in the neighborhood. You’ll find plenty of big brand name clothing stores here.

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Rue de Rennes, which runs between Montparnasse and boulevard Saint-Germain, is another major shopping street, with more accessible prices.

Ladurée is THE place to go for traditional French macarons, the delicate meringue-based sweets. Ladurée makes these jewel-like confections in many different flavors, which they package in boxes so beautiful, you’ll want to hang onto them.

Culture

Musée du Luxembourg. Nestled right next to the Jardin du Luxembourg, this museum welcomes a couple of temporary exhibitions a year. The focus is generally European art and the themes can vary, but the quality is always very good.

The Monnaie de Paris is responsible for minting French euros, but also hosts contemporary art exhibitions in its museum space.

Going out

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Paris’s most famous cafés are in the 6th arrondissement, right around Saint Germain des Près. Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots are still good spots for a coffee or a meal.

Semilla. This restaurant’s menu is always changing according to what’s in season. Their food is fresh, modern, and innovative, and they also offer options for vegetarians.

Chez Georges. This is an old-school, traditional wine bar in the heart of the Odéon neighborhood. It invites a diverse crowd and always offers a good ambiance!

Green space

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Jardin du Luxembourg. This huge garden is one of the most famous in Paris. Attentive gardeners ensure that there are always flowers blooming here, and there are chairs all over where you can sit to people watch, read, or just enjoy the scenery.