Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of my favorite arrondissements in Paris. It has so many great restaurants, shops and corners to explore, I could spend days in this neighborhood all by itself, never visiting anything else! Looks like Eileen Cho, Korean American photographer, and journalist based in Paris feels the same!
Let’s Discover Eileen’s 6th Arrondissement.
 Favorite thing about your neighborhood, the 6th arrondissement.
I LOVE that it’s so central and safe! There’s also so many places to eat and shop. I adore Saint Germain des Près, where all the amazing creatives and philosophers (Dali, Hemingway, etc) hung out in the 20s so there’s a ton of history too. At night, I love to stroll by the Seine. Being in the Latin Quarter and on the left bank (Rive Gauche) is pretty sweet.
 Least favorite thing about your neighborhood.
There are a lot of bars so it’s super loud at night. Nothing against tourists but there are SO many, at ALL times in the 6eme!
 What differentiates your neighborhood from all the other parts of the city?
I honestly can’t live anywhere else after living in the 6eme. There’s always something to do. We also have a ton of tourist attractions (not tourist traps!!) and a whole street dedicated to galleries. But most importantly, as mentioned above, we have Saint Germain which is magic!
 Favorite coffee spot in your neighborhood.
I have two! The Boot and Shakespeare and Company Cafe. I’m so glad that The Boot opened their second location in between Odeon and Saint Michel. I love their simple food menu and they brew some mean coffee! Shakespeare and Company cafe is great to have since they offer food from Bob’s Bake Shop! I love their bagels with cream cheese and avocado, their matcha chocolate chip cookies, and their amazing New York cheesecake.
 Favorite spot for drinks.
There’s a speakeasy called Castor Club that’s super intimate. Their cocktails are the best in the city! I love the banana split cocktail and the Turkish Delight cocktail. If I’m in the mood for wine, I go to L’avant Comptoir. They have TAPAS too!
 Favorite local hangout.
The Jardin du Luxembourg! In the spring, I like to have picnics in the park with my partner. When I’m bored, I’ll come here and people watch. I also love playing chess here in the summer with a good bottle of wine and a nice cheese plate. Am I French yet?
 Favorite breakfast spot.
Claus! They just opened their second location in Odeon next to the Marché St Germain. Everything is made in house. This is also one of the hottest spots for brunch. Make those reservations way in advance!
 Favorite lunch spot.
Ippudo Ramen! How lucky am I to have a good Ramen joint in my hood? Their really famous in Japan and they make sure the Ramen is just as authentic here as it is in Tokyo. I also love their buns and wings. Afterward, I go to Popelini for some Chou crèmes! Delicious.
 Favorite dinner spot.
Relais de l’Entrecote! They have 3 locations in Paris but the one in the 6eme is best! They only have one thing on the menu–steak and fries. This is an absolute must visit establishment if you find yourself in Paris. But be warned, they don’t take reservations!
 One thing you always do/spot you always take friends from out of town to do/see.
Ahh, just ONE thing!? A visit to Shakespeare and Company, the famous book store!
Here are other great spots in the 6th arrondissement that I have curated for you:
> Allard (41 rue Saint-André des Arts) Alain Ducasse resto featuring dishes from Burgundy.
> Anima (78 rue du Cherche Midi) dishes from a wood-burning stove, yum.
> Assa Café (47, quais des Grands Augustins) Japanese comfort food.
> Atelier Vivanda (20 rue du Cherche-Midi) Michelin-starred steak and potatoes.
> Aux Prés (27 rue du Dragon) classic French bistro.
> Brasserie Lipp (151 boulevard St-Germain) one of the most noted brasseries in Paris.
> Café Trama (83 rue du Cherche Midi) don’t miss the croque-monsieur!
> Eggs & Co. (11 rue Bernard Palissy) amazing breakfast!
> Freddy’s (54 rue de Seine) small plates and great wine, perfect for dinner with friends.
> Huîtrerie Régis (3 rue Montfaucon) oysters galore from the Marenne-Oleron region.
> Josephine (117 rue du Cherche Midi) if you are looking for old classic French dishes, this is the place.
> La Bastide Odéon (7, rue Corneille) focused on dishes from Provence.
> La Cantine du Troquet (101 rue de l’Ouest) bistro with southwestern French cuisine.
> Le Cherche-Midi (22 rue du Cherche-Midi) delicious Italian.
> Le Méchoui du Prince (36 Rue Monsieur le Prince) amazing couscous.
> Le Procope (13 rue de l’Ancienne-Comédie) French philosophers and politicians used to meet here to debate.
> La Rotonde (105 boulevard du Montparnasse) great brasserie.
> Le Relais de l’Entrecôte (20 rue Saint-Benoît) best spot for the steak in St.-Germain.
> Little Breizh (11 rue Gregoire de Tours) crepes!
> Mamie Gateaux (66 rue du Cherche-Midi) great lunch spot with daily quiches.
> Paradis Marguerite (29 quai des Grands Augustins) contemporary vegetarian.
> Poilâne (8 rue du Cherche-Midi) bakery with amazing country bread, cookies and apple tarts.
> Raw Saint Germain (44 rue de Fleurus) Basque country pintxos.
> Quinsou (33 rue de l’Abbé Gregoire) minimalist menu, but the choices are superb.
> Roger la Grenouille (28 Rue des Grands Augustins) excellent steak tartare.
> Sauvage (55 rue du Cherche Midi) seasonal dishes and tapas with natural wine.
> Semilla (54 rue de Seine) bistro with very seasonal dishes, vegetarian-friendly.
> Simple (86 rue du Cherche Midi) delicious healthy food that accommodates every dietary need.
6eme Coffee Shops & Tea Salons
> Les Deux Magots (6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés) one of the most famous cafes in all of Paris, full of history!
> Café Flore (172 boulevard St-Germain) a Parisian institution probably the 2nd most famous cafe in Paris.
> Le Bizuth (202 Boulevard Saint Germain) little cafe, serves cheese plates too.
> Café Malongo (50, rue Saint-André des Arts) cafe associated with this store-bought coffee brand.
> Chez Georges (1 Rue du Mai) cave-like wine bar.
> L’Avant Comptoir (3 Carrefour de l’Odéon) tapas-style French bar.
> Le Café Alain Ducasse (47 rue du Cherche-Midi) the Michelin-starred chef does coffee, including cold press.
> Prescription Cocktail Club (23 Rue Mazarine) great cocktails ask about their signature rouge George.
6eme Parks, Museums & Things to Do
> Jardin du Luxembourg (entrance Rue de Médicis – Rue de Vaugirard) gorgeous park created by Queen Marie de Medici in 1612.
> Musée National du Moyen-Âge (6 Place Paul Painlevé) medieval collections.
> Musée Delacroix (6 Rue de Furstenberg) museum dedicated to the paintings of Eugène Delacroix.
> Musée de la Monnaie (11 Quai de Conti, Paris) if you are as fascinated by the history of money as I am, you’ll love this place!
> Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (3 Place Saint-Germain des Prés) oldest church in Paris.
> Church of Saint-Sulpice (2 Rue Palatine) 2nd biggest church in Paris after Notre Dame.
> Buly 1803 (6 Rue Bonaparte) perfume shop modeled after a 19th-century apothecary.
> Cire Trudon (78 Rue de Seine) this candle store has been around since 1634!
> Gérard Mulot (76 Rue de Seine) some of the city’s best macarons.
> Patrick Roger (108 Boulevard Saint-Germain) chocolate is treated like art in this shop.
> Pharmacie Suprapharm (26 Rue du Four) fun beauty store.
> Des Petits Hauts (70 Rue Bonaparte) clothing boutique for women.
> Relais Christine (3 Rue Christine) I just had an amazing stay at the 49-room luxury hotel!
> Hotel d’Aubusson (33 rue Dauphine) 17th-century townhouse turned into a 49-room chich hotel.
> Hôtel Bel Ami (7-11 Rue St. Benoît) chic hotel with a modern aesthetic.
> Esprit St.-Germain (22 Rue St.-Sulpice) amazing view of St.-Sulpice church!
> Hôtel Buci Latin (22 Rue de Buci) 24 boudoir-style room decorated a la Louis XV.
> Hôtel de l’Abbaye (10 Rue Cassette) converted 17th-century abbey.
> Hôtel Luxembourg Parc (42 Rue de Vaugirard) hotel with rooms that feature views of the Luxembourg Gardens.
> The 6eme also has a lot of FABULOUS apartments and homes that you can rent via Airbnb!
How about you? Do you have any 6th arrondissement additions? Have you been to this area of Paris? Did you find this post helpful for a future trip?