venez avec moi dans le 6ème

venez avec moi dans le 6ème

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an overview and the tourist points

The sixth arrondissement is located in central Paris on the rive gauche (the left bank). The area is popular with tourists because it is not only full of boutique hotels and quaint bistros but centrally located to many things that tourists come to Paris to see.  

The 6ème is in a rectangular shape with the northern and southern borders being the shorter sides of the rectangle. The northern border is what l call the “quai” street because the street’s name changes at various points along the Seine corresponding to the quai.  In the 6ème the “quai” street (going west to east) begins as quai Malaquais (in front of École des Beaux Arts) then turns to quai Conti and finally quai des Grand Augustins (where you will find le pont Neuf (the bridge which crosses western tip of Île de la Cité and lands you in the 1er where you will find the Louvre right in front of you).

West of the 6ème is the 7ème, home to the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, and Musée D’Orsay. The southern border of the 6ème is boulevard Montparnasse which is the beginning of the Montparnasse neighborhood in the 14ème (home to Montparnasse’s famous cemetery and catacombs). The 15ème is also south of the 6ème. The 5ème (Latin Quarter) is to the east of the 6ème.

The 6ème is known as the place for artists: famous artists, singers, writers and poets made this area their home or at least their meeting place. The tourist sites in the 6ème include the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Saint Germain-des-Près neighborhood, Jardin du Luxembourg and the Palais du Luxembourg (where Queen Marie Medici lived briefly) and many historic churches (i.e., Saint Sulpice, Val de Grace, Saint Severin, Saint Etienne du Mont, and Saint Germain-des-Près).  The 6ème is compromised of two sections: the north section where the Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood can be found; and the south section where you will find the Jardin du Luxembourg and Montparnasse. Now, onto food…

Tout Sur Paris 

where to eat, wet your whistle, satisfy your sweet-tooth,
buy food to take-away, and find things for your kitchen and table

Rather than categorize the 6ème by restaurants, pâtisseries (pastry shops), boulangeries (bakeries), et cetera, I have broken down the 6ème into three areas with a high concentrations of food-type interests that I find to be noteworthy and also correspond to tourist sites (visit a tourist site and eat well at the same time…very efficient). Of course my list is not exhaustive, you can find charming bistros, tasty brasseries and delicious shops on streets throughout the 6ème, but here are my recommendations nonetheless:

  1. North 6ème: the Saint Germain-des-Près neighborhood 
  2. Central 6ème: Saint Sulpice, Luxembourg gardens and the surrounding area; and 
  3. South 6ème: south of Luxembourg gardens and to Montparnasse boulevard.  


North 6ème: Saint Germain-des-Pres

North 6ème:
the Saint Germain-des-Pres neighborhood
and the area north of boulevard Saint Germain

Saint-Germain-des-Près is a neighborhood as well as a major boulevard (which can make it a little confusing). Boulevard Saint Germain-des-Près runs from the Pont de la Concorde in the 7ème and travels southerly and easterly following the Seine until it returns back toward the Seine at pont de Sully in the 5éme. It is the shape of a smile.  Boulevard Saint Germain-des-Près is known for its expensive shops and restaurants and it is well-traversed by tourists. This area is walking distance to the Musee d’Orsay, les Invalides, and the Louvre.

The heart of the Saint Germain-des-Pres neighborhood is where boulevard Saint Germain-des-Près meets rue Bonaparte and rue de Rennes. Here there is a collection of well-known restaurants surrounding the place de la Saint Germain and the church Saint Germain. Les Deux Magots faces the church, a couple of doors north is Le Société. On the west side of Les Deux Magots is Café de Flore and across the boulevard (on the south side) is Caffé Armani, Emporio Armani, and Brasserie Lipp. Rue de Renne and rue Bonaparte will lead you to many shops and speciality stores.


les restaurants

Included in this area are not only the restaurants on boulevard Saint Germain but those north of the boulevard up to the Seine where you will find a collection of nice restaurants and hotels.

Les Bouquinistes
53, quai des Grands-Augustins
75006 Paris
(33) 01 43 25 45 94
Chef Guy Savoy’s  more casual bistro.  A little touristy but the food is solid.

El Fogón
45, quai des Grands Augustins
75006 Paris
(33) 01 43 54 31 33
Located amongst a little collection of good restaurants and situated across from the Seine.  Great Spanish food. Restaurant is closed on Monday. 

51, quai des Grands-Augustins
75006 Paris
(33) 01 56 79 24 31
Great place to have a drink

Ze Kitchen Galerie
4, rue des Grands-Augustins
75006 Paris
Next to Laperouse you will find this restaurant with very light, Asian cuisine (although the room can get a little noisy).

KGB (Kitchen Galerie Bis)
25, rue des Grands-Augustins
75006 Paris
(33) 01 46 33 00 85
Same owner (William Ledeuil) as Ze Kitchen Galerie, but this one is less expensive. French food with Asian influence.  Try the apple cappuccino with ginger ice cream.

Le Relais Louis XIII
8, rue des Grands-Augustins
75006 Paris
(33) 01 43 26 75 96
Beautiful old buliding. The foie gras with pain épice and the scallops are two of my favorites.

Le 21
21, rue Mazarine
75006 Paris
(33) 01 46 33 76 90
Traditional fare. Very close to the Seine and the Ecole Nationale de Beaux Arts.  Closed Sunday and Monday.

L’ Alcazar
62, rue Mazarine
(33) 01 53 10 19 99
 75006 Paris
Neoclassic restaurant with a trendy atmosphere.  Modern and grand dining room. People go just for the music.  Not a place I would take the children.

25-27, rue de Buci
75006 Paris
(33) 01 43 26 01 93
Very noisy but fun.

13, rue des Beaux-Arts
75006 Paris
(33) 01 44 41 99 01
Historically significant and great decor.  Nice place to lunch or grab a drink. This is where Oscar Wilde uttered his last words: “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go . . .I am dying beyond my means [and] I can’t even afford to die.”

173, Boulevard Saint-Germain
75006 Paris
(33) 01 44 77 76 00
Ralph Lauren. Pretty patio. The food is American. The decor is classic Lauren with leather and wood and red roses (think RL’s second floor of his Rodeo Drive store with hamburgers and expensive drinks).  Located west of place de la Saint Germain

La Société

La Société
4, place Saint-Germain
75006 Paris
(33) 01 53 63 60 69
The same owners as Côstes and Montaigne. The food is also the same with a slight Asian influence. The building and decor are beautiful. Lunch time is primarily business lunches. In the evening it is a little more happening.

Emporio Armani Caffé
149, boulevard Saint-Germain
75006 Paris
(33) 01 42 78 91 44
Hard to believe but in the second floor of this retail clothing store is some good Italian food with service to match.

Les Deux Magots coaster

Les Deux Magots
6, place Saint-Germain-des-Pres
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 48 55 25
Classic bistro food and centrally located.  I love to meet friends here for a coffee or drink. I came here after running the Paris marathon because I was craving their steak and fries.

Café de Flore
172, boulevard Saint-Germain
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 44 33 40
This place is a classic.  It is also a good place for a late night tea or early evening apéritif.

Hôtel Bel Ami

hôtels and winebars

Hôtel Bel Ami
7-11 rue Saint Benoît
75006 Paris, France
 (33) 01 42 61 53 53
Located just north of place Saint Germain. Very chic bar and hotel is very well placed.

La Dernière Goutte
6, rue Bourbon-le Chateau
(33) 01 43 29 11 62
Closed Sunday and Monday
Nice wine bar by lovely American owner Juan Sanchez.

La Maison des Millesimes
137, boulevard Saint Germain
75006 Paris
(33) 01 40 46 80 01
This wine shop which specializes in Bordeaux wines is open every day and has a good range of wines in various price ranges.

chocolatiers, pâtisseries, boulangeries et thé

chocolatiers, pâtisseries, boulangeries et thé

Mariage Frères
13, rue des Grands-Augustins
Paris 75006
(33) 01 40 51 82 50
Tea shop. My favorite Earl Greys.

Jugetsudo by Marutama Nori
95, rue de Seine
75006 Paris
(33) 01 46 33 94 90
Beautiful boutique and Japanese tea shop, just below boulevard Saint Germain.

Kusmi Tea
45, rue de Seine
75006 Paris
(33) 01 46 34 29 06
One of several of these Russian tea shops in Paris. The Detox (green tea and lemon) is one of their many popular flavors.

George Cannon
12, rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs
75006 Paris
(33) 01 53 63 05 43
Delicious teas in this little tea shop.

Central 6éme: Saint Sulpice and Jardins du Luxembourg

Central 6éme:
Saint Sulpice and Jardins du Luxembourg

 This area I consider geographically the heart of the 6ème and includes the area south of Boulevard Saint Germain to Luxembourg gardens. It is filled with boutique hotels, bistros, small boutiques for clothing, antiques, the garden, and your home. Rue de Rennes has a high collection of chocolatiers, pâtisseries and kitchen/home shops. The little area around Saint Sulpice also has many small bistros and boutiques on every corner.  On rue Saint Sulpice itself there is a string of boutiques selling home items. Rue Mabillon has many bistros, the street is very crowded with tourists in the summer. At Christmas time the area surrounding place de Saint Sulpice is set up with vendors selling holiday items as well as vin chaud.

Both marchés are centrally located and the closed marche,  St-Germain, has a number of restaurants as well.

You can get lost in Luxembourg gardens and you should. It is beautiful with its rose gardens, fountains and carefully planted grounds. It is wonderful for chlidren and provides hours of entertainment with a carousel, a “zip line” type ride and monkey bars for the kids, the fountain to race remote-controlled boats, and pedal cars and horses. People run in the park, play tennis and lunch throughout the day (there is a café here as well as snack shops or you can bring in your own food. On the north end is the palace (Palais du Luxembourg) and the street which circles over the top of the gardens (rue de Vaugirard) has many small boutiques, ice cream shops, épcerie shops and even a post office should you need it (there is another on rue de Rennes and rue du Four). 

In terms of fresh food markets, the 6ème has it all. There are two markets in the 6ème, the open market, Marché Raspail, is one of three dedicated organic markets in Paris and the other market, Marché St-Germain, is a covered market open every day.

chef outside

les restaurants

Lardurée Bonaparte

 Lardurée Bonaparte
21, rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris
(33) 01 44 07 64 87
Famous for their macarons, the upstairs is a lovely spot for tea and lunch.

Le Comptoir du Relais
Hôtel Relais Saint-Germain
9, Carrefour de l’Odéon
75006 Paris
(33) 01 44 27 07 97
Chef Yves Camdeborde’s inventive take on bistro food. Delicious.

Huitrerie Regis
3, rue Montfaucon
75006 Paris
(33) 01 44 41 10 07
Raw bar.  Great oysters

Coco & Co
11, rue Bernard-Palissy
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 44 02 52
If you like eggs, this is the place for you.

La Rosa Épicerie Fine
62, rue de Seine
75006 Paris
Portuguese cuisine.

Le Petit Lux

Le Petit Lux
29, rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
This little bistro, bar and take-away spot always has a line. It is a great spot to pick up food to take on a picnic to nearby Luxembourg gardens. Closed in August.

Éric Kayser

Éric Kayser
10, rue de l’Ancienne Comédie
75006 Paris
(33) 01 43 25 71 60
One of his several restaurants which is a boulangerie and pâtisserie. Kayer is my favorite baker in Paris. He uses simple, wholesome ingredients and his buckwheat breads and white chocolate brioche are my favorite. You can also dine in.  

La Giara
27, rue Madame
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 48 69 57
Local Italian restaurant. Casual family atmosphere.  Good food. 

Bread and Roses

 Bread and Roses
7, rue fleurs
75006 Paris
(33) 01 42 22 06 06
This bakery with organic bread has some seating as well as a take-away counter where you can take food to Jardin du Luxembourg which is just a block away.

Le Cherche Midi
22, rue du Cherche-Midi
(33) 01 45 48 27 44
Really good Italian food near Saint Sulpice.

L’Epi Dupin
11, rue Dupin
(33) 01 42 22 64 56
75006 Paris
Charming bistro

chocolatiers, boulangeries et pâtisseries

chocolatiers, boulangeries et pâtisseries

Patrick Roger
91, rue de Rennes
75006 Paris
01 45 44 66 13
My favorite chocolatier.

Boulangerie Poilâne
8, rue du Cherche-Midi
75006 Paris
Famous for its bread marked with a “P.” The little butter cookies are a great treat (and freeze well).

Pierre Hermé

Pierre Hermé
72 rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris

My favorite macarons made with seasonal flavors.  The pink praline croissants are pretty tasty too. You can pre-order for the holidays upstairs above the purse shop.  

Constant Constant

Constant Constant
37, rue d’Assas
75006 Paris
(33) 01 53 63 15 15
Delicious chocolates and the ice cream and sorbet cart outside always has a line (with good reason). Very close to the gardens.

Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI

Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI
35 rue de vaugirard
75006 Paris, France
(33) 01 45 44 48 90
I adore this bakery and tea shop.  Think French pasteries and chocolates with French and Japanese flavors. Everything from green tea macarons to lemon tarts.  The fraises des bois tea is delicious too. 

wine bars

La Cremerie
9, rue des Quatre-Vents
75006 Paris
(33) 01 43 54 99 30
Adorable wine bar with good wine and tapas to go with it.  Located just south of boulevard Saint-Germain.  Closed Sundays and Mondays and most of August.

Bacchus et Ariane
4, rue Lobineau
75006 Paris
(33) 01 46 34 12 94
Only open since 1998 you have enjoy some wine and some small plates to go with it. 



Marché Raspail
Located on boulevard Raspail between rue du Cherche-Midi et rue de Rennes. Open Tuesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (although it sometimes is not set up until 8 or so, especially in the rain). This is a large market with about 50 producers/vendors.  I like Marc Thibiéroz’s yogurts and raw milk cheeses as well as Michel Beucher’s apples and ciders. You can have breakfast here as well as pick up delicious prepared items including roasted suckling pig, salads, vegetables, cheeses.


Marché St-Germain
4/6 rue Lobineau
This market is open during the week from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and  4 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Large covered market which not only has a market but a theater, a pool, and various services for the neighborhood.  Onthe North end of the market there are a slew of small casual restaurants including Thai, tapas, Italian, and places just to have a drink. 

fresh produce at the market


grocery stores and speciality shops

8 à huit
4, rue Jean Bart
75006 Paris
Mini market but you can paper necessities, diary, and prepared items.

Monop’ Luxembourg
33, rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
Is a miniature Monoprix.  You can get pantry items, dairy, some prepared foods.

6, rue de Metiers
75006 Paris
This is a gourmet and natural, organic store.  Buy tea, chocolates as well as your organic wheat flour, flax seeds, quinoa, and oats. 

Gilles Vérot  – Charcutier
3, rue Notre-Dame des Champs
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 48 83 32
West of the gardens. this shop has excellent meats and sauissons.  Closed Sundays.  There is another location in the 15ème.

Rouge Crème
46, rue Madame
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 44 11 00
Lovely wine and cheese shop with great service and recommendations.

Millefeuille fraises

2, Place Edmond Rostand
75006 Paris
(33) 01 43 29 31 10
Wonderful chocolates, tarts and prepared items to take away to nearby gardens (oeuf en gelée au jambon, crabe farci, etc).

things for your kitchen and your table

In terms of efficiency, rue de Rennes has a high concentration of specialty shops as well as kitchen and housewares shops. Rue de Vaugirard and the little streets off of this street by the gardens have boutiques with items for your kitchen and table. Here are some of my favorites.

La Vaissellerie

La Vaissellerie
85, rue de Rennes
There are five of these located throughout Paris.   They sell porcelain dishes, silverware, glasses, knifes and many. many little treasures for your kitchen and table at a reasonable price. 


99, rue de Rennes
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 48 94 76
Nice selection of pans, pots, verrines, casseroles and things for your kitchen.

103, rue de Rennes
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 48 75 88
Tablecloths, lunch boxes, trays, linens, lunch boxes.  A really fun store (there are two next to one another).

27-30, rue Saint Sulpice
75006 Paris
(33) 01 46 34 01 10
Clothes but has minimalist Japanese home items as well.

Monoprix- Saint Germain des Pres
This Monoprix has everything from yogurt makers to verrines and dishes. Think Sur La table selection but more Target-style prices.

Le Jarin d’Olaria
5, rue Médicis
75006 Paris
Located by the gardens, Sells decorative household items as well as garden items.

66, rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 44 26 74
Beautiful and bright table linens and colors with colors typical of Basque. This boutique is moving to the 8ème. Please see their website,

Comptoir Richard
48, rue du Cherche-Midi
75006 Paris
(33) 01 42 22 45 93
Boutique to sell teas and coffee and everything that goes with it.

Comptoir de Famille
34, rue Saint Sulpice
75006 Paris
(33) 01 43 26 22 29
Country casual kitchen and dining room items including ceramics, tables and chairs, and picnic baskets. There is another boutique in the ninth.

South 6éme: beginning of Montparnasse area

South 6éme:
beginning of Montparnasse area

 This area has more businesses than the northern section.  With the Pasteur Institute and two Universities here there are far less tourists (and more reasonably-priced restaurants).  Boulevard du Montparnasse has restaurants and clothing boutiques on it and it is the beginning of the Montparnasse neighborhood. South is the 14ème and the 15ème which were predominately residential but have really undergone a revival in the last ten years.

Boulevard Raspail, which runs northwest/southeast, is a very large street with grocery stores, shops and restaurants. Rue du Cherche-Midi and rue de Rennes run parallel to one another and are two main north/south streets running south from boulevard Saint-Germain all the way to Boulevard du Montparnasse. Both streets have many gastronomical offerings (I have listed some places in here).  Do not try to walk the entire street, only sections at a time, as it is quite a distance. 

On the streets rue Brea, rue Vavin, and rue Sainte-Beuve and the surrounding streets (north of boulevard Montparnasse and by boulevard Raspail), there are a number of small boutiques and good bistros as well as Michelin-starred restaurants.

 les restaurants


19, rue Brea
(33) 01 43 27 08 80
75006 Paris
Guy Martin’s small, chic restaurant with they play a video on the wall. The service is good as is the food.

Hélène Darroze

Hélène Darroze
4, rue d’Assas
75006 Paris
(33) 01 42 22 00 11
Young chef Hélène Darroze artistically presents southwestern cuisine with a twist. There are two dining rooms the salon and the upstairs which is more casual and tapas style. Both rooms are good for special occasions.

La Closerie des Lilas
171, boulevard du Montparnasse
75006 Paris
(33) 01 40 51 34 50

Restaurant Joséphine-Chez Dumonet
117 rue du Cherche-Midi
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 48 53 40
Traditional bistro food.  Beautiful patio and restaurant with great food. Becoming a little touristy though.

Le Caméléon
6, rue de Chevreuse
75006 Paris
(33) 01 43 27 43 27

17, rue Jules-Chaplain
(33) 01 43 54 28 03
 75006 Paris
Japanese food with sushi bar.

3, rue Sainte-Beuve
75006 Paris
(33) 01 42 22 56 65
Very charming small brick-walled bistro.  It has not been open long and the food is good. Casual atmosphere.

Le Timbre
3, rue Sainte-Beuve
 75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 49 10 40
Very charming little bistro by Brit Chris Wright.  Try his cheese creations (yum).

wine bars

wine bars

La Quincave
17 Rue Brea
75006 Paris
There are only two to three tables here but it is my favorite. Enjoy there or take-away. The owners will give you great recommendations and serve you wonderful salami to go with your wine. There is an oyster bar next door too.

La Quincave

Le Bien Décidé
117, rue de Cherche-Midi
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 48 39 28
Actor, restauranteur, and winemaker Gerard Depardieu’s wine bar “the determined”

Bar de l’Hôtel Lutetia
45, Boulevard Raspail
75006 Paris
(33) 01 49 54 46 46
Beautiful hotel and nice bar to have a drink and/or a snack by the piano

chocolatiers, pâtisseries, et thé

chocolatiers, pâtisseries, et thé

Gérard Mulot
76 rue de Seine
75006 Paris
(33) 01 43 26 85 77
One of several locations in Paris.  Just beautiful, beautiful chocolate creations almost too pretty to eat…but do.

La Pâtisserie des Rêves
93 rue du Bac
75006 Paris
(33) 01 42 84 00 82
Light, bright and modernly presented is a unique pastry shop with an inside-out eclair. There is another location in the 16ème. 

Philippe Pascoët
52, rue Saint-Placide
75006 Paris
(33) 01 45 48 13 83

81, rue de Seine
Paris 75006
(33) 01 40 46 92 60
Italian gelato shop.  SO good.

things for you and your home

Compaign Savon  de Marseilles

Compaign Savon  de Marseilles
3, rue Bréa
75006 Paris
(33) 01 43 26 39 53
Vegetable soaps started in Marseille but there are boutiques all over France. Wonderful lotions, shampoos, home sprays made of natural products (rose, lavender, olive oil, grapefruit).  Good gifts. 


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