Located next to the Latin Quarter, Paris’ 6th arrondissement is divided into three main areas: Saint- Germain- des- Prés, Luxembourg, and the southwestern section of the rue de Rennes, which leads up to Montparnasse. The 6th Arrondissement, specifically Saint Germain Des Prés, is a popular neighborhood for tourists.
Metro stops: The most commonly used metro stops in the 6th arrondissement are Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Montparnasse-Bienvenue and Cluny-La Sorbonne.
What to do in Paris’s 6th Arrondissement
Simply taking a stroll through the lush Jardins du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens) or the historic neighborhood of Saint Germain des Prés is a great way to spend an afternoon. Here are more details on what to do in Paris’ 6th arrondissement.
Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the oldest church in Paris. It was founded in 542 by King Childebert. The structure’s fascinating history is exemplified by a unique mix of architectural styles (marble columns from the 6th century, Gothic era vaulted ceilings and Romanesque arches). The famous French philosopher René Descartes is buried here. Open Daily 8.00AM – 7.30PM.
3 place St-Germain-des-Prés
Musée National Eugène Delacroix,This lovely museum is the former home and studio of the Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix. The permanent collection features paintings by Delacroix and his contemporaries. An interesting peek at French art and history. Open daily except Mon, 9.30AM – 5PM, closed Christmas, New Year’s and the 1st of May. Admission: 5 euros (student discounts available, free if you’re under 18).
6 rue de Fürstenberg
Métro: St-Germain-des-Prés or Mabillon
Jardins du Luxembourg
The Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest public park in Paris and is located in the 6th arrondissement. Inside the park you’ll find the French Senate, Luxembourg Palace, and a variety of beautiful statues, fountains and foliage. Parisians who work in the area come here to stroll during their lunch break or to meet friends after work. I suggest grabbing a baguette, cheese and a bottle of wine and having a memorable picnic here one afternoon. Open daily, dawn until dusk (free entry).
Boulevard St. Michel
Musée du Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Museum is located on the grounds of the Jardin du Luxembourg. It is a small museum that offers seasonal special exhibits. If you are visiting the gardens, pop in for a bit of culture.
19 rue de Vaugirard
Métro Ligne 4 (Odeon), Ligne 10 (Mabillon),
RER B (Luxembourg)
Where to shop in St. Germain des Pres
There are a variety of specialty shops in the sixth arrondissement. Some of the most notable include:
Citypharma carries discounted cosmetic products including famous brands like “Vichy” and “La Roche.”
26 Rue de Four
Metro: St. Germain des Près
This shop sells wonderful imported fabrics, caftans, and tabletop articles imported from India. The colors are magical…be sure to take a look.
23 -25 rue Bonaparte
Metro: St. Germain des Pres, Mabillon
Tél : 01 43 54 90 73
Written by Jen Westmoreland Bouchard for EuropeUpClose.com