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.
Discover the Latin Quarter with the video below.