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I can finally tell you that I’ve found the apartment I’ll be staying in during my first months back in Paris! It’s a tini tiny flat on the sixth floor in a gorgeous Parisian building. Since my stay will be longer this time (I don’t know when, or if I’ll ever leave) I had to think more economically this time around — meaning no gorgeous window overlooking the Seine or an address on Île Saint Louis… But I think I’ll manage anyway!

My little apartment is located in the 6th arrondissement, which just happens to be one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Paris. And now I need your help. I want to know about your favourite cafés, restaurants, bars, boulangeries, pâtisseries, stores, parks and supermarkets in this great neighbourhood. I want to find that perfect croissant, that neighbourhood café I can sit at for hours and that go-to restaurant that always delivers.

Give it to me!

  1. Charlotte    November 29, 2012

    Me and my sister happen to be there today! We will keep our eyes open and will try a lot of croissants – it’s for a good cause ;).

  2. Darina    November 29, 2012

    I am looking forward to your Parisian posts! The 6th arrondissement is a lovely area!

  3. Deborah    November 29, 2012

    Oh, great… i’m always on an apartment in de 6th arrondissement when i’m in paris. You have to eat at le polidor, or all those great bars and restaurants at the odeon square…le danton, le relais saint germain. i often take my daily coffee at le rostard or And rue de seine is also very very nice to be… oh enjoy it. i have to wait ’till 2014 to take a break from life in switzerland an go out to life in paris for a few month…

    Deborah (

  4. Robin Watts    November 29, 2012

    Du kan hitta en del tips i min blogg under kategorin Paris, här:
    Jag bodde på Rue Verneuil, på gränsen mellan 6:e och 7:e i en ligen lägenhet med min kille förut, och älskade området!

  5. Jacalyn of Après New York Blog    November 29, 2012


    Wine Bar – go to La Compagnie des Vins Supernaturels (oh and try the vin mystère!).
    Crèpes – grab one to go at l’Avant Comptoir. There’s a restaurant to it too but it’s always full of tourists and a long wait.
    Canadian Pub – Moosehead Bar… it’s almost like being back in the US.

    • Ah, thank you so much for the tips! I’ll try them as soon as I can 🙂 And thank you for leaving a comment because that made me find your blog and I really like it!

      Best, Carin

  6. That’s right where I live… the quartier is great!!!

  7. perfect location…so exciting!

  8. That is going to be an amazing location!! Ok, my favourite addresses in the 6e are:

    – Comptoir du Relais for lunches or dinners on the terrace (9, carrefour de l’Odéon)
    – Relais Odéon Bistro 1900 for low-key drinks in a gorgeously lit, cosy cobblestone alley (Cours du Commerce Saint André)
    – La Durée on rue Bonaparte for their exquisite French toast breakfasts in a sublime Asiatique setting (31, rue Bonaparte)
    – Pierre Hermé (obviously) for their yummy yummy macarons (72 rue Bonaparte)
    – Poilâne for their deliciously baked breads (8 rue du Cherche-Midi)
    – Prescription for some of the most delicious cocktails in town! (23 Rue Mazarine)

    Those are what I can think of for now, but will add on more when I think of them! 🙂


  9. willsheloveparis    November 29, 2012

    amazing location Carin! i’m on 5th but ventures to 6th really often. Milsters is right on the money on her choices. Can I also suggest you try Paris’ best waffles from L’Avant Comptoir. It’s right next door to Comptoir du Relais, hence the name ^^ Oooh can I add you on facebook too? “grace-alyssa”
    By the way, on the 6th floor???? is there an elevator???

    • Thank you so much! Ah, yes the 5th is really lovely too. Thank you for the tip! I’ll certainly try those! Haha yes, I’m on the 6th floor but fortunately I have an elevator this time around.

      Of course you can! We talked before about meeting up as well and we totally should 🙂 Perhaps over a yummy waffle at l’Avant Comptoir sometime? 😉

  10. qyoko    November 30, 2012

    Oh wow, one of my favorite neighborhoods! I’ve only visited Paris a few times in the last few years but have always walked endlessly through St. Germain (and stayed there during my last visit). I’m so looking forward to your local discoveries! I’m not pro enough to know the places, but I’ve had consecutive meals at Le Comptoir! PH, La Maison du Chocolat, La Duree, Pierre Marcolini, Eric Kayser, etc. Tabio for socks (yes, socks! they are from Japan…), Muji, V Bruno, Avril Gau, C Pierlot and all the boutiques. Can’t wait to hear/read more once you get settled!

  11. MichelleSafi    November 30, 2012

    Next year I will be right across the seine from you, back near my old home in the 2nd (I hope)! 🙂

  12. JessicaGettingCheeky    November 30, 2012

    Le Trait de Union is a magnificent little bar on Rue de Rennes in the 6th, and of course La Grande Épicerie is not that far from you 🙂

  13. Andreas Vogel    November 30, 2012

    Le Polidor, Rue Monsieur le Prince. You know it from “Midnight in Paris”. No credit cards since 1860.

    Au Vieux Colombier, corner of Rue de Rennes & Rue du Vieux Colombier. Magic light in the winter sun.

    I agree on the recommendations for L’Avant Comptoir, their riz au lait is killer, too.

    Le j’go at the Marché St. Germain, for a touch of Toulouse, or, if your budget is lower, the equally nice but different Au Père Louis, a few doors towards the Panthéon from Le Polidor.

    Lunch at Mamie Gâteau, Rue Cherche-Midi. Lily’s Brownies, Rue du Dragon.

    The Monoprix at the end of Rue de Rennes towards the Boulevard St. Germain. The pharmacy on Rue du Four, the busiest in Paris and the best prices for “parapharmacie”. Boulangerie Gérard Mulot is famous, but the one time we bought a baguette there it was stale.

  14. jasmine    November 30, 2012

    Hi carin, hope im not too late with my little 2 recommendations:
    1. Cafe de La Nouvelle Mairie in the 5eme… Forgot the street but one of the best lunches n finally a good coffee with milk. None of that watery stuff!
    2. Mamie Gateaux, 66 rue du cherche midi. Opened by a Japanese lady who bakes delicious tarts. And just next door u have a brocante store selling vintage stuff n a shop selling her handmade bags. All opened by her!

  15. Klara    December 1, 2012

    Åh vad kul, då blir vi ju grannar, välkommen, välkommen! Älskar området, tror verkligen du kommer trivas här! Ett bra tips på en mysig bar där man definitivt stöter på lokalbefolkningen är La Palette, ligger på Rue de Seine, tror jag. Bakom Rue de Buci-området i alla fall kan man säga.
    Carrefour på Rue de Buci är bra tycker jag, och billigare än Monoprix på Rue de Rennes. Bonaparte har inte så jättebra mat, men det är ett trevlig ställe att sitta på med väldigt trevlig personal.
    Crêpe-ståndet precis vid metron “saint-germain-de-prés” har bäst crêpe i stan, och har du tur jobbar sonen som ser ut att vara tagen ur en Ralph Lauren reklam, skämt och sido.
    Torget vid Saint Sulpice är det perfekta stället att bara sitta av några timmar och titta på folk, regnar det kan man göra som skolbarnen och sätta sig i trapporna under tak.
    På Rue de Vaugirad finns det både ett Carrefour och ett Monoprix som har öppet tills sent på söndagskvällarna, inte helt fel att känna till!

    Tror verkligen du kommer trivas, nära till allt och hur mysigt som helst!

    • Nej vad roligt att du också bor i 6:e arrondissementet! Och vad skönt att höra att du trivs så bra, det låter lovande 😉

      Tusen tusen tack för alla dina tips! Det är verkligen helt ovärdeligt att få såna här “insider tips” haha. Bara att hitta rätt matbutik är ju guld värt! Tack åter igen 🙂

  16. Claire    December 2, 2012

    For a comfortable sit in a elegant cafe, Les Editeurs, Carrefour de l’Odeon. Very nice upstairs if the second floor is open. Great ice creams and Tarte Tatin.
    Cosi for great panini on rue de Seine. To avoid the line, go early or late afternoon. The Tom Dooley with tandoori turkey, tomato and cheddar terrific but also the Ines with speck, cream cheese and walnuts. Opera streamed here.
    L’Heure Gourmand in the Passage Dauphine has a wonderful hot veggie plate with lemon and olive oil called Jardin if you are in the mood for something healthy, beautifully presented and delicious.
    Chez les Filles rue Cherche Midi serves Morroccan food. Not your usual couscous place. Staffed by women who prepare deliciously flavored dishes. A voyage of color and tastes. You will feel the sun.

  17. UshaJoy    December 3, 2012

    My favourites have already been mentioned! Though so many I don’t know of so I am bookmarking this for my next trip 🙂

  18. Moving to Paris from Los Angeles for 6 months next June thank you for the amazing information. I’m excited and nervous

  19. I love the 6th! I stayed there on my most recent trip to Paris. I don’t know many “hidden gems” in that area (only familiar with the most popular ones) but I really love the Sadaharu Aoki there

  20. Anna    February 7, 2013

    Hi Carin,

    I just moved to paris a few weeks ago by myself and I’m doing a fashion internship here, not unlike you. I was just wondering if you have any tips for finding apartments. I have to move out of mine next month and I would really appreciate any suggestions you have. Love your blog btw! It’s good to know there’s other people here in the same boat as me.



    • Hi there 🙂 You can look for apartment sites on Google. But you could try “”, “” and “”!


  21. glo harris    March 17, 2014

    I read your blog and enjoyed it very much. I was in Paris last year and also stayed in the 6th; i loved looking at
    my guide book and reminiscing, as if I had lived in the 6th back in the day, the buildings that the great american writers lived. my guide book took me on a walking tour that I will continue on my next trip.
    I discovered a wonderful place to eat that I hope has not become trendy by this time, it is:
    La Petie Lux, rue de Vaugirard. I loved sitting at the bar and drinking a wonderful coffee and a bite
    to eat. I also met casually very nice people there.
    I long to go to Paris…I’m old enough to be your mom, I’m certain of that.
    So…maybe I’ll go for three months the next time.
    Thank you. I look forward to reading more.

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