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.