Luxury and boutique hotels in Paris
Picture Paris in your mind’s eye. You’re likely visualising the ‘Sixième’, the most quintessential district in the City of Light, home to Haussmanian architecture, Les Jardins de Luxembourg and Saint-Sulpice. Intellectualism, feminism and café society were all born here in the post-war period – you can still seek the spirit of Jean-Paul Sartre or Simone de Beauvoir in the vibrant Latin Quarter or by taking a terrace seat at Café de Flore – but bohemianism has mostly faded and the arrondissement is now a well-heeled shoppers’ paradise, full of shiny boutiques, modern art galleries and world-famous department stores like Le Bon Marché.
Areas in 6eme arrondissement
When to go
The city is beautiful any time of year, though in August it can resemble a ghost town as all the Parisians are en vacances.
PlanesMost international flights land at busy Charles de Gaulle airport; regional flights arrive into Paris Orly. Buses and trains run regularly from the airports to the city centre at a fraction of the cost of taxis.
AutomobilesLeave driving to the professionals here – far better to stroll along the Seine or explore the cobblestoned alleys of Saint-Germain-des-Prés on foot. If you do need horsepower, order an Uber (they’re especially handy if your French is not too bon).