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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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Ecole Ferrandi

It’s a bit like a canteen but the food is divine at one of the most prestigious culinary schools in Paris.  There are two restaurants in the same building, Le Premier and Le 28. They… Read more

Upla

  A cute Baba-Cool (French for “hippie”) brand from the 70s when their shop began life in Les Halles – it has now evolved, (like those Baba-Cool people) to the chi-chi environs of St-Germain-des-Prés. “Upla”… Read more

Librairie Fischbacher

There is a great selection of hard-to-find art books and the best place for anything on “arts premiers” – ancient and indigenous art from around the world. Librarie Fischbacher 33 Rue de Seine, 6th Ph.… Read more

Un Regard Moderne

Tiny (about 30m²) bookstore packed to the rafters with the most amazing selection of rare treasures: comics, magazines,  erotic literature and graphic novels – and all this a stone’s throw from the hordes at St… Read more

Diptyque

Image: Stephen Coles Diptyque was created in 1961 by three friends who were linked by their love of fine arts and fine décor;  Desmond Knox-Leet, Christiana Gautrot and Yves Coueslant.  Their now legendary boutique on… Read more

Le Café de la Mairie

Played a key role in Christian Vincent’s film La Discrète. More reasonably priced than Café Flore and in a more discreet neighbourhood, this is a very typique Parisian restaurant that appears to have been frozen in… Read more

Patrick Roger- Chocolatier

Patrick Roger flavours his ganaches with lime, basil, jasmin, quince and Szechuan pepper corns – amongst other things. A mix of classic and innovative, there is something for all tastes here. He also creates chocolate… Read more

Bouillon Racine

Most beautiful art-nouveau decor and a great lunch time prix-fixe. Bouillon is ancient term for brasserie – this one was built in 1906. A tribute to the history of fine dining in this city. Bouillon Racine… Read more