Paris Profiles – 6th Arrondissement with Eileen

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Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of my favorite arrondissements in Paris. It has so many great restuarants, 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.

Paris Profiles - 6th Arrondissement with Eileen Cho

[1] 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.

[2] 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!

[3] 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!

Noisette at the Shakespeare and Company Cafe
Noisette at the Shakespeare and Company Cafe (Photo credit: Brad Tutterow)

[4] 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.

[5] 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!

[6] 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?

Jardin du Luxembourg Paris
Jardin du Luxembourg (Photo credit: Manu B.)

[7] 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!

[8] 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. Afterwards, I go to Popelini for some Chou crèmes! Delicious.

Steak-Frites
Steak frites. (Photo credit: Susan Lucas Hoffman)

[9] 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!

[10] 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!

Thanks Eileen!

Here are other great spots in the 6th arrondissement that I have curated for you:

Paris Profiles 6eme Address Book

6eme Restaurants

> Allard (41 rue Saint-André des Arts) Alain Ducasse resto featuring dishes from Burgundy.
> Aux Prés (27 rue du Dragon) classic French bistro.
> Brasserie Lipp (151 boulevard St-Germain) one of the most noted brasseries in Paris.
> 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 southerwestern French cuisine.
> Le Procope (13 rue de l’Ancienne-Comédie) French philosphers 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!
> Semilla (54 rue de Seine) bistro with very seasonal dishes, vegetarian friendly.

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.

6eme Bars

> Chez Georges (1 Rue du Mai) cave-like wine bar.
> L’Avant Comptoir (3 Carrefour de l’Odéon) tapas style French bar.
> 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.

6eme Shopping

> 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.

6eme Lodging

> 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 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 decotated 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!

Fin!

The best way to connect and keep up with Eileen is on Instagram. You can also check out her beautiful portfolio on her website as well.

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?

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12 Comments

  1. Jennifer Van Huss
    January 25, 2018

    What a great post and a must for anyone traveling to Paris! I have been to Paris once. It was a 6 hour stop over on our way to Switzerland, so we didn’t get to see much of the town. It was also raining which dampened our spirits! This post makes be believe I have missed many great opportunities there! I’l have to give Paris a second chance and visit the 6th!

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  2. Calvin
    January 25, 2018

    Never been to paris, seems like it’s a great place with lots of spirit in the air

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  3. Rosie
    January 25, 2018

    I’m swooning, this sounds so nice. I wish I had the funds, I would get on a plane and go here and stay a good while, and get a second place to live. Perfect!!

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  4. Aitza B
    January 25, 2018

    This was great post, though it did make me a little sad,because I just had to cancel my trip to Paris. I’ll be bookmarking this for when I do get to replan my trip because you have such great suggestions here. The food pictures are to die for.

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  5. Joely Smith
    January 25, 2018

    Aahhhh I want to go there so badly!! This sounds like the perfect place to visit or to live! I love how there is always something to do from great places to eat to a speakeasy!! Amazing coffee does not hurt either!

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  6. Cherri Megasko
    January 26, 2018

    This neighborhood sounds really fun – sorry about all us tourists! LOL My daughter works for Chanel NYC and travels to Paris often. She purposely rotates the Arrondissements she stays in every time she goes so she gets to know the city better. I traveled with her one time and we stayed in the 8th. It was fantastic for travelers – filled with restaurants, bars … and we had a great view of the Eifel Tower across the river from our room.

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  7. Censie Sawyer
    January 26, 2018

    Saving this!! We went to Paris 12 years ago and we have been itching to go back. This post makes me want to jump online and book our trip today! So much information that would be helpful. Thank you!

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  8. Maryann Lowden
    January 27, 2018

    I visited Paris in 2015 – It was magical to see the Eiffel Tower in person

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  9. Allison
    January 27, 2018

    This was such an insightful post! You really did a fantastic job at diving into everything the 6th arrondissement has to offer. LIke I felt, I could go there tomorrow and get around no questions asked.

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  10. Mary Jingjing Mortos Lopez
    January 28, 2018

    Good list here and its a good guide for tourist too. Very helpful insights I wish once I’ll visit in this place I would definitely use this as my source.

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  11. David Elliott
    January 29, 2018

    Paris is definitely on my bucket list of places to travel. And it looks like you have curated so many different places here with amazing food to eat and explore the city. I know I am going to have to bookmark this page so when my daughter and I can get to Paris, we will have to go to some of the places on this list.

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  12. […] arrondissement. I recently interviewed neighborhood local Eileen for my Paris Profile series about her top picks for this area, there is plenty to see, do and eat at the doorstep of Relais Christine! With all that just outside […]

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