Sixth Arrondissement of Paris


The Sixth arrondissement includes the upmarket neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Luxembourg Garden, one of Paris’ most beautiful parks.

A few words about the 6th arrondissement

6th arrondissement of Paris © ThePromenader - licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

6th arrondissement of Paris © ThePromenader – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Between the 5th and 7th arrondissements, the Sixth arrondissement of Paris (le sixième arrondissement) is situated on the left bank of River Seine and includes the upmarket neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the garden of Luxembourg.

The 6th arrondissement of Paris covers an area of 2.15 km2 with a population of 43,880 (2011).  It is one of the most expensive real estate areas of Paris and one of the richest in terms of average income. By contrast with the 7th, 8th, 16th arrondissements and Neuilly, the neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés has a much more bohemian and intellectual reputation.

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In the 6th arrondissement © French Moments

Saint-Germain-des-Prés refers to French intelligentsia and is well known for its plethora of art galleries, its café culture (Deux-Magots, Flore), the revolutionary intellectualism (Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir), French literature (Paul Éluard, Boris Vian, Albert Camus, Françoise Sagan), and New Orleans Jazz and Be Bop music (Sidney Bechet, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington)…

Deux-Magots © French Moments

Deux-Magots © French Moments

The 6th arrt includes some famous Parisian landmarks such as the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Saint-Sulpice church, the Institut de France, the Senate (Palace of Luxembourg) and the garden of Luxembourg.

Public institutions and organisations in the 6th arrondissement

 A few public institutions and organisations have their seat in the 6th arrt:

  • the Senate (which seats at the Palace of Luxembourg)
  • the Académie Française (seats at the Institut de France)
  • the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (major military hospital)

Main places of interest in the 6th arrondissement

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Café de Flore, Saint-Germain-des-Prés © French Moments

The 6th arrondissement includes some of Paris’ most famous churches: Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Saint-Sulpice. The upper house of the parliament (the Senate) is also found in the 6th arrt at the Palace of Luxembourg.

The main places of interest in the 6th arrondissement are:

  • the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • the Saint-Sulpice church
  • the Banks of River Seine from Place Saint-Michel to Pont du Carrousel
  • the Institut de France
  • the Hôtel des Monnaies
  • the Palais des Études (site of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts)
  • the little square in Rue de Furstemberg and the Delacroix Museum
  • the Cour du commerce Saint-André and the Procope restaurant
  • the Brasserie Lipp, the Deux-Magots and Flore cafés on Boulevard Saint-Germain
  • the Odéon – théâtre de l’Europe
  • the Palace of Luxembourg
  • the Luxembourg Garden
  • the Pont-Neuf
  • the Saint-Michel fountain

  • Our pages on the 6th ARRONDISSEMENT


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    Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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