6th Arrondissement

The Sixth Arrondissement of Paris is centrally located on the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) of Paris. It is, without question, one of the most sought after areas for Paris apartments. It is here that the glamorous Saint-Germain-des-Prés districts is found, which is renowned not only for its monuments, but also its café culture. This area has been through-out its history a seat of France’s intelligentsia. It is also host to a number of art galleries, making it a great place to not only enjoy great coffee, food and shopping, but also art.

Living in a Paris apartment in Sait-Germain-des-Prés is what living in Paris is truly about. The area has been featured at the center of Paris and France’s history for centuries. It is from here that the French existential movement was born and flourished. In fact, it was in Saint-Germain’s cafés, such as Les Deux Magots, that Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir met and shared their ideas. A walk around Saint-Germain makes it easy to understand why they chose to meet here. Saint-Germain’s small streets and cafés are just so inviting. Having a Paris apartment in Saint-Germaine is the perfect opportunity to share in its charming café culture.

The Sixth is also a great to location to have a Paris apartment from which to enjoy monuments and parks. Starting in Saint-Germain there is the Abbey of Saint-Germain. This towering Abbey stands above Saint-Germain and hosts the tomb of the philosopher René Descartes. During the holiday seasons, as well as the summer, small markets spring up around it. A short walk down Rue Bonaparte from the Abbey brings into sight the Palais de l’Institut, from which l’Académie Française governs over the French language. Directly before the dome of the Palais is the Seine and the Pont des Arts. The Pont des Arts, which stretches over the Seine, connects the Palais to the Louvre. During the spring, summer, and fall this pedestrian bridge becomes a destination for groups of friends that wish to picnic over the river. From here it is easy to follow the Rue de Seine all the way to the Palais du Luxembourg, from which the French Senate legislates. Around the stunning Palais is the Jardin du Luxembourg. This beautiful park is home to several fountains, including la fontaine Médicis, at the head of which is a sculpture of the giant Polyphemus gazing upon the mythic lovers Acis and Galatea. Not far from the splendors of the Jardin du Luxembourg is the Eglise Saint-Sulpice, which is the second largest church in Paris. This extravagant church, with its vaulted and arched interior, is well worth visiting. The divine promenades that can be had through the Sixth makes it a natural place to choose for a Paris apartment.

Any gourmand or theater enthusiast will be more than happy to settle on the Sixth as the location of their Paris apartment. Lunch or coffee in the Café de Flore, renowned for its intelligentsia patronage, is a perfect place to start the afternoon. There is also the Café Procope, which has been open since the 1620s, making it the oldest restaurant in Paris. Both of these restaurants interiors are heavily influenced by their history. The former having held true to its Art-Deco past, while the later has retained an 18th century style. In the evening dinner can be enjoyed in one of Ernest Hemingway’s and James Joyce’s favorite restaurants, the Crémerie-Restaurant Polidor. Indeed, the largely unchanged interior of the restaurant means it can be enjoyed today as it was by them. When it comes to theaters, no Paris apartment in the Sixth is far from the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe or the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier. Both of these theaters are well known through-out France and Europe for their productions.

Sales & locations in this district

  • Renting
    Apartment - Paris VI
    50 m²

    Notre Dame des Champs - Paris long term location - 1 bedroom apartment of 50 sq.m, on the 1st floor of a standing building.

  • Renting
    Loft - Paris VI
    94 m²

    Paris apartment rental St Germain des Prés/ Place Furstemberg/Loft 123 sq.m. 5th floor with elevator. Living room 52 sq.m, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 WC