After the summer break, I pick up again on my step by step tour of Paris. Not an exhaustive list of tourist spots, but more a few hints about the places I prefer to go, an insider’s view.
Today we are in the 6th arrondissement, arguably the most chic, and most sought after area of the capital. This is another part of Paris to do on foot – but don’t I say that every time?!
So here we go, in no particular order … take time to walk around the jardins du Luxembourg. Lovely in any season, I think my favourite time to visit is on a sunny autumn day, when the flowers are still beautiful and there is a crispness on the air, and the first leaves on the ground.
If you love to visit churches, then take a moment to step inside the Eglise St Sulpice, on the square of the same name. Stunning inside, and surprisingly large. If you visit in the month of June, then you may be able to visit the antique fair that takes place on the square each year.
The 6th is the arronidssement where you can soak up some serious café culture, be it on the terrace of the Deux Magots, the Café de Flore, La Palette. None of them are exactly are unknown to tourists, but they remain good places to sit and watch the world go by, in true Parisian style.
If you visit la Palette, be sure to take your time to walk down the rue de Seine and enjoy the numerous art galleries.
If you are looking for clothes shopping, it would be hard to beat the selection on the rue de Rennes.
For eating out, you could go to one of my favourite Parisian tables, le Monteverdi. I have told you about this one before. Small and cosy, good food and often gentle piano playing as a bonus.
Voilà! A few addresses to add to your list when planning your next trip to France.
If you missed them, here are my step-by-steps around the other arrondissements so far: