6th arrondissement

The 6th arrondissement is a quintessential Parisian neighbourhood where trendy boutiques, art shops, antique shops and plenty of cafés and bistros coexist together with medieval buildings. Located on the left bank of the Seine and nestled between the 5th and 7th arrondissements, the 6th arrondissement is the typification of the French chic lifestyle.

Living in the 6th arrondissement means living in the heart of Paris's artistic and cultural history. A good place for fashion aficionados, many streets, cafes and restaurants in this legendary district are named after famous figures from Paris’s history such as Sartre, Gainsbourg and Sagan. Flore's café, one of the oldest coffee shops in Paris, and the unmissable Bon Marché can be found in this district.

The 6th arrondissement is formed of three main areas: Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Luxembourg area and the Latin Quarter

The chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés-area is home to the famous abbey of the same name and the École des Beaux-Arts - the National School of Fine Arts. This famous school distinguishes itself from its contemporaries with its artistic sensibilities, adding an extra flair to the district.

The bourgeois area of Quartier de la Monnaie houses the Luxembourg area, Hôtel de la Monnaie and the Palais de l'Institut. The area has many schools as well, so there are plenty of kids running around once the school day is over.

The Latin Quarter is nestled in between the River Seine and the Luxembourg Gardens. The Latin Quarter belongs to both the 5th and the 6th arrondissement. Once home to intellectuals, writers, artists and philosophers, the Latin Quarter still has this unique and authentic feel. Sorbonne University (5th arrondissement) and Institut des Beaux-Arts (6th arrondissement) mentioned above are the area’s most iconic schools.

The experts say

The 6th is a dynamic and lively area with a lot of intellectuals. It’s the home to a plethora of libraries, editors and old shops like Herbalism and Antiquarian. It’s a very charming area with plenty of things going on.

The property market in 6th arrondissement

Prices in the 6th arrondissement of Paris start at €10,000 and can climb up to €23,000 per square metre, making the area average €14,300 per square metre. Houses come at a similar price tag with an average of €14,500 and top properties fetching as much as €25,000 per square metre.

Prices in the 6th have increased by about 40% in the last 10 years. It’s one of the most sought-after areas which makes it one of the most expensive of Paris. It’s a very chic, Parisian area, highly appreciated by both French and international buyers. From last year, prices have increased by 1.6%.

The areas of Odeon and Saint Germain des Prés are the most sought-after with averages of €16,000 per square metre. Notre Dame des Champs is slightly more affordable but is still one of Paris’s most premium areas with an average of €13,500 per square metre. Rue Guynemer and Place Saint-Sulpice are home to the most expensive properties in Paris 6, with an average of more than €21,000 per square metre.

Three insiders tips for 6th arrondissement

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.

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