6th Arrondissement

St. Germain

The 6th arrondissement is one of the most culturally significant hubs in the world. From artists and existentialists to musicians and politicians, the heart of Paris’ Left Bank has played host to some of the greatest intellectuals of all time – most of whom flocked to Saint Germain for elegant socialising at the likes of our beloved Café de Flore.

This artistic reputation has defined the 6th as a popular port of call for Parisians today – old or young, expat or native – but that’s not to say that the original charm is lost. In fact, it’s the opposite. Paris’ 6th arrondissement thrives off its artistic charm, still completely visible in all corners: be it cafés, gardens, galleries or boutiques.

So, herewith, VINGT’s guide to get you started. Just make sure you have a book to hand when you immerse yourself in this intellectual society.

Read more


Maison Gainsbourg

    Composing more than 550 songs which, in a very modern sense, blended wordplay with subversive overtones, Serge Gainsbourg is regarded as the most important figure in French pop music. During his life, he… Read more

Chez Papa Jazz Club

    Jazz music is always a good idea – especially in Paris. In the heart of the 6th sits Chez Papa: an authentic, cellar-like space, the walls of which are adored with countless posters… Read more

Café de Flore

    Someone says the Left Bank, it’s likely that Café de Flore springs to mind. Sure, this place is a hotspot for tourists today, but that’s not to rule it out as an ongoing… Read more

Les Deux Magots

    Café de Flore is Saint Germain’s most famed social hub, but its neighbouring spot – Les Deux Magots – carries just as much history (and charm, for that matter). Sat on the corner… Read more

Jardin du Luxembourg

    Regardless of it being the capital city of France, Paris doesn’t actually have many green spaces. The few that do exist, however, are dripped in pure decadence, and the most beautiful one of… Read more

Hôtel Lutetia

Paris, December 28th, 1910. All Parisian high society is here for the most talked-about event of the year: the grand opening of the Lutetia Hotel. This Art Déco building is mind-blowing, with its stone balconies blending… Read more

20 Questions with war correspondent Janine di Giovanni

An award-winning war reporter, author and international speaker on foreign policy, Janine di Giovanni has lived in Paris for many years. The author of nine books, her last, The Morning They Came For us: Dispatches… Read more

The best English-Language Bookstores in Paris

There’s a surprising number of English-language bookshops in Paris that are just as enchanting as their French counterparts – and perfect for when you’re through with the passé simple… Words: Caroline Harrap Image: Alexandre Duret-Lutz… Read more