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6TH ARRONDISSEMENT OF PARIS GUIDE: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Welcome to the 6th Arrondissement of Paris:

6th-Arr-Luxembourg-Gardens-in-ParisCentrally located in the heart of the Rive Gauche, your visit to the romantic and elegant 6th arrondissement of Paris will no doubt include visiting the atmospheric Saint Germain des Pres, Latin Quarter and the exquisite 17th century Luxembourg Gardens with its proximity to the river, patterned line of trees and great markets. But there is so much more to see and do in this archetypical Parisienne area, many of which won’t require you to stretch your budget.

See it for yourself!

This neighbourhood is one of the most expensive real estate areas in the city and with good reason. The ornate and exquisite architectural design of the residential homes and buildings within are some of the most beautiful in Paris. Take an evening walk and make sure you pass by some of the many churches, cafés, art galleries and antique shops to fully immerse yourself in the culture. Be sure to also visit the Abbey of Saint Germain, one of the oldest churches in Paris, to see its lovely frescoes.

Looking to mingle with the locals?

6th-Arr-Abbey-of-Saint-germain-in-ParisThen one of the best ways to do so is by visiting the popular City Crepes Café. Known for its fantastic food, great service and quiet atmosphere, this a friendly vibe and delicious savoury and sweet crepes on the menu at an affordable price. Another great alternative is a visit to the café behind the main store, Le Bon Marche.

For just a few Euro’s more…

Musee de Cluny is Gothic Mansion now dedicated to a collection of magnify icent medieval art of the Middle Ages and well suited to history buffs. The finds on display include statues, artwork, furniture and artwork, some of which may be familiar to Harry Potter buffs.

After your outing, head to one of our favourite eateries. Make the most of your visit by sitting outside while you’re there (but as always when traveling, be sure to guard your handbag!). Some of the best choices in this neighbourhood include Café Les Deux Magots which, in contrast to the English pronunciation of its name, offers a great menu of classical French cuisine and in the 20th century was the café of choice for literary elite such as Ernest Hemingway and Jean-Paul Sartre. Or try Brasserie Lipp which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a great place to meet local residents at any time of the day. Chocolate lovers will no doubt enjoy indulging in some of the delicacies available at Patrick Roger and wine lovers will find something to tempt at the cave like bar, Chez Georges.

See the best this district has to offer!

One of the best ways to make the most of your visit to the 6th arrondissement is to buy a ticket for a walking tour. With a knowledgeable guide, you can take a walking tour of this neighbourhood’s highlights. In a small group on a guided four hour tour, you will pass by a selection of some of the best art and antique shops, restaurants and cafés in this cultural district. Afterwards, enamoured as you most likely were by the gardens that surround, by taking a tour inside the areas open to the public at Luxembourg Palace will no doubt enhance your experience. For evening entertainment, take in a play at the chic Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, one of France’s six national theatres.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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