While many visitors to Paris flock to see the spectacular sights of the 5th and 7th arrondissements, the simple pleasure of strolling around the quintessentially Parisian 6th arrondissement is every bit as rewarding. The streets that run off from the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés are famous for their atmospheric cafes and the local patrons enjoying a coffee while poring over that day’s newspaper. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is also well known for having been the center of existentialism in the 1940s and 1950s. With that in mind, only you can determine whether you spend your time here exploring the neighborhood and spending a couple of hours in a cafe, discovering the Palais Luxembourg or taking in a show at the Neoclassical Odéon-Théâtre. Just next door to the theater is the world’s last original Standard Meter, one of 16 introduced in Paris in 1791 to, well, standardize measurement. For quaint cafes, charismatic locals and bundles of atmosphere and charm, Saint-Germain-des-Prés ticks all the right boxes.