The 6th arrondissement is the quintessential Parisian neighbourhood. Medieval buildings and houses share a space with trendy boutiques, art books, antique shops and plenty of cafés and bistros.
Located on the left bank of the River Seine, the 6th arrondissement is the epitome of the French chic lifestyle. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is home to the famous abbey of the same name and the École des Beaux-Arts. The famous school distinguishes itself from its contemporaries with its artistic sensibilities, adding an extra flair to the district.
The bourgeois Quartier de la Monnaie houses the Luxembourg arrondissement, Hôtel de la Monnaie and the Palais de l’Institut. Many schools populate the area as well, so there are plenty of kids running around once the school day is over.
Some buildings that make up the area can feel contradictory for the neighbourhood. There are buildings celebrating philosophy and the intelligentsia and across from them live some of Paris’ oldest churches celebrating the city’s strong religious heritage.
The cafés within the 6th are where some of the most famous 20th century writers and artists gathered. Patrons of Flore and Deux Magots included Sartre, Hemingway and de Beauvoir among others. In addition to the intelligentsia scene of the area, there are many historical landmarks to be found. The Saint-Sulpice church, dating back to the 17th century, and some piety item shops can be found in the area as well.
The properties on sale in the area are rich in history. Because of that, the average price per sq m is over €10,000, making the area the most expensive arrondissement in Paris. Prices can vary, but the most touristic areas such as Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés are the most expensive with an average of €10,260 per sq m. A cheap 6th arrondissement property for sale can be found for €8,849 per sq m in Notre-Dame-des-Champs. A three-bedroom apartment in the neighbourhood starts around €2,000,000 and can sell for well over €3,000,000, give a healthy return and will always be a good Paris property investment.
There is a bigger variety of properties available in this arrondissement than in the greater Paris property market – from ancient estates with balconies, to apartments with multiple bedrooms, to small studios. The rental market in the area is thriving and because of the diverse properties available there is always something to meet the needs of renters. Commercial property is also very high in demand since the 6th is both a business and a high-end retail centre for the city.
GET – the latest best-selling French authors from iconic bookshop La Hune.
DO – try to eat in the front room at famous brasserie Lipp. The waiters tend to send tourists to the back to keep the atmosphere resolutely French in the front.
SEE – one of the city’s best food markets, which is located right in the heart of the 6th. It takes place every day except Mondays on Rue de Buci.