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6th Arrondisement

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.

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Thé Mariage Frères

Image: Robyn Lee This famous company carries exclusive teas with great packaging and a huge range of flavours. Try Thé du Nil or “Marco Polo” (mélange parfumé fruité). Not only is it a fantastic place… Read more

Chez Le Libanais

Image: Serge Melki  Lebanese cuisine is a favorite in Paris.  Lebanon was a French UN mandate from the end of WWI until WWII, (Beirut was nicknamed of “Paris of the East”) and the cuisine has… Read more

Ze Kitchen Galerie

  Image: Alain Bisotti A burst of colour and invention in a world of heavy sauces and (well-loved but) dull staples of French Cuisine.  Sometimes one yearns for something more fresh, light and modern in… Read more

Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts

The Ecole des beaux-arts is Paris’ prestigious Fine Arts academy. At the end of their period of study, students receive a diploma (diplôme national supérieur d’arts plastiques), after presenting their work to a jury largely… Read more

Guignol: A Classic French Puppet Show

Words: Pamela Price  “Guignol, Guignol, Guignol, Guignol!!!” My ears ring with the sounds of children screaming French comments at the puppet characters on stage. No this is not a nightmare, it’s the adventures of babysitting… Read more

Bellota-Bellota

A menu of dishes based on the shop’s Spanish hams, cheeses and premium canned goods. Not only does it sell little treats (try the madeleines), but it is also an upscale tapas bar. The main… Read more

Rousset-Gaulejac Joaillier

Simon-Pierre Rosset-Gaulejac carrries on the family tradition of fine jewelery.  His claim to fame – engraving clients’ fingerprints or handwriting on gold necklaces, bracelets, pendants and charms. Rousset-Gaulejac Joaillier 23 Rue Jacob, 6th Ph. 01… Read more

Arthus-Bertrand

This legendary shop has been crafting signet rings and official decorations since 1803.  One of creations is “Lune de Miel”, a gold disk that can been worn as a bracelet, necklace, pendant or ring. He… Read more