Le Relais de l’Entrecôte
101 Blvd. du Montparnasse, 6th
You know exactly what to expect at this, kitschy, family-owned establishment and that is the best steak frites in town topped with buttery, herby “secret” sauce. That’s it, and it’s worth lining up for at this is a no-reservations locale. Touristy though it may be—they’ve since opened locations in London and New York—it remains a local’s mainstay, too, as proof of its great quality. There are now locations in the 6th and 8th as well.
La Crêperie du Comptoir St-Germain
9 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 6th
Weather permitting, there’s nothing better than grabbing a crepe from a street vendor to eat while wandering through the Luxembourg Gardens—and chef Yves Camdeborde’s takeaway stand is the place to do it. If a more substantial meal is in order, his celebrated brasserie, Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain, is right next door.
9 Rue Madame, 6th
With its chalk grey walls, taxidermied birds, black furnishings, and romantic aesthetic, Odorantes is as boutique-y as it gets for a florist. Fittingly, Owners Christophe Hervé and Emmanuel Sammartino have developed a completely novel way of creating bouquets and arrangements, basing them around scent first, then composition. This means that most their bouquets are predominantly made up of rare rose varietals with a few other scented seasonal flowers dotted in. Even if you're having a bouquet made as a gift for delivery, it's worth heading to the shop just for the experience.
La Boutique des Saints Pères
14 Rue des St. Pères, 6th
While it might look like another cute Parisian flower boutique, this hole in the wall shop is actually powered by flower.fr, which is probably the most user-friendly delivery service in the Parisian market. Whether you walk into the shop or order online, they have a wide variety of loosely arranged, seasonal bouquets available at all times. In fact, they're the only flower shop we've seen that opens on Sundays, a real rarity in this town.
31 Rue Dauphine, 6th
Devoted exclusively to lighting, this place is seriously aspirational: Big design luminaries like Hella Jongerius, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, and Marc Newson create exclusive pieces for Galerie Kreo, which are displayed alongside vintage treasures from Achille Castiglioni, Gino Sarfatti, and more.
Marie Hélène de Taillac
8 Rue de Tournon, 6th
Marie-Hélène de Taillac has been turning out high-wattage 22K yellow gold pieces—punctuated with a Crayola 64-pack of vividly colored briolette stones—for nearly two decades. She makes all of her jewelry in Jaipur, where Indian artisans use the methods of the maharajahs: They paint silver leaf beneath gemstones to amplify their shine.
55 Bis Rue des St. Pères, 6th
Aurélie Bidermann is cool, a fact that's readily apparent in the design of her bright, turquoise-tile-accented shop. You'll find her entire line—including plenty of the braided cord bracelets for which she's now famous—plus horn necklaces, painted enamel earrings shaped like leaves, and tasseled pendants.
1 Rue de Furstemberg, 6th
With few exceptions, almost everything that lines the Crayola-colored shelves here rings in at under a hundred euros, whether it's tribal-inspired earrings, slick little sunglasses, or scarves printed with diamonds and spades.
Jardin Du Luxembourg
15 Rue de Vaugirard, 6th
Sure, this is home to some serious business (the French Senate occupies the adjacent Luxembourg Palace and the formal gardens are some of the city's prettiest), but this giant park really shines when it comes to occupying little kids. Children can expend copious amounts of energy here, whether it's by sailing model boats in the fountains, watching shows at the puppet theatre, riding donkeys on the vintage carousel, or working the jungle gym at the large enclosed playground.
Le Comptoir du Relais
9 Carrefour de l'Odéon, 6th
If you find yourself with a day alone, grab one of the single occupancy tables outside which face onto the small square; that said, if you’re saddled with the little ones, this spot is blessedly kid-friendly, too. A bottle of red and the boeuf bourguignon—served with lemon rind, pasta, and pine nuts—is the meal to get here.