paris step by step – the 6th arrondissement

by Sharon Santoni

jardins de luxembourg, paris, flower beds and palace

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.

inside the St Sulpice church, Paris 6th

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.

antique fair outside st sulpice church, paris 6eme

 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.

bistro la Palette , Paris 6eme

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.

 Two hotels to recommend, the Relais St Sulpice, not very big, quite discreet with good service, and the beautiful   Hotel d’Aubusson on the Rue des Saint Pères.

fcade of hotel d'Aubusson, Paris 6th

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.

resaurant le Monteverdi, paris 6eme

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:

1st arrondissement2nd arrondissement; 3rd arrondissement;   4th  arrondissement;            5th arrondissement6th arrondissement 7th arrondissement



Miss Diane September 6, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Vous avez tout à fait raison, ce coin est vraiment magnifique à visiter. Et c’est dans l’Église St-Sulpice que l’on retrouve l’obélisque mentionné dans le fameux livre de Dan Brown, Le Code DaVinci. Merci pour cette jolie promenade dans le 6e! Ici, nous sommes présentement sous la pluie…

Deborah Young September 6, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Thank you for the arrondissement series. I am under your spell.

Marianne September 6, 2014 - 5:00 pm

I so love reading about the wonderful places to see and where to eat and stay. I will definitely keep this for my visit there perhaps next summer.

StitchinSweetSue September 6, 2014 - 5:03 pm

le Monteverdi looks divine, we need a place like this close to our home ~ perhaps one day. wishing you a lovely weekend sharon…

Karena September 6, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Sharon I love your private tours and appreciate the tips for galleries etc! Congratulations to Judith, I know she will treasure her necklace!

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Penne September 7, 2014 - 5:41 am

Lovely, thanks Sharon. On your recommendation I had dinner at le Monteverdi on my last night in Paris in May last year – it was as lovely as you say, with individualised service, the piano playing, and delicious food! I also came across antiquarian books on sale in front of St Sulplice, and I always spend lots of time in les Deux Magots, soaking up the atmosphere! And in les Jardins de Luxembourg…. I am dreaming of being back there!

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Stacey Snacks September 8, 2014 - 7:54 pm

the 6th is my favorite….and it’s funny that you photographed Cafe Laurent.
That was the first hotel Henry and I stayed at (Hotel d’Aubusson), and that is the lovely cafe jazz bar inside the hotel, always a nice evening, and we still stop in to say hello to the owner and Arnaud the bartender.

Aleshsnee August 12, 2016 - 9:52 am

It is a lovely spot. And do you know where I might find Arnaud? I hear he moved to the US. He is an old friend.

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