After Montmartre, the Latin Quarter is one of the oldest and most popular Parisian neighborhoods.
What to see in the Latin Quarter
Being one of the oldest regions in Paris, the Latin Quarter includes many sites, buildings and attractions of interest to tourists:
- Sorbonne: the most famous French university is definitely the epicenter of the Latin Quarter. The Sorbonne offers to tourists both excellent French language courses and other courses focusing on the main aspects of French culture. You can also take a guided tour of the interior.
- Pantheon: Built between 1764 and 1790 to house a church in honor of the patron saint of the city, Saint Geneviève, the monument eventually became a place of memory and homage to the notorious men and women of France. The remains of great French personalities are preserved here: Voltaire, Rousseau, Alexandre Dumas, Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Marie Curie … Behind the Panthéon stands the Saint-Etienne-du-Mont church, whose side staircase is the star of the film “Midnight in Paris”.
- Shakespeare and Company: Shakespeare and Company is more than just a bookstore specializing in English literature; it is a meeting point and refuge for American and English writers and the symbolic address for the intellectual Paris
- Cluny Museum: a museum specialized in the art and history of the Middle Ages whose building, dating from the fourteenth century, was built on the ruins of the Roman public baths of Lutèce (the name given by the Romans to the city that would later be Paris). On exhibition in the Cluny museum are the original heads of the statues that were in the facade of the Notre Dame and beheaded during the French Revolution.
- Arenas de Lutèce: together with the Thermes de Cluny, they are the only remains from the Roman era you can still see in Paris; the ancient amphitheater, stage of fights between gladiators and animals, is nowadays a pleasant playground.
- Jardin des Plantes: certainly one of the most beautiful gardens in the city. Little explored by tourists, it is a great place to visit with children. Moreover, it houses the Museum of Natural Sciences, a small zoo and a botanical garden with lots of greenhouses
- Rue Mouffetard: one of the oldest in the city, its origin dates back to the Middle Ages. There you will find several restaurants, most of them touristy and lacking in quality. Despite this, the street is famous for its typically French gastronomic shops and well worth the visit.
- The bouquinistas: sellers of books (and other articles) on the banks of the Seine river.
- Institute of the Arab World: a cultural space dedicated to Arab culture; the building, by Jean Nouvel, attempted a synthesis between Western and Arab culture.
- Paradis Latin: the most historic cabaret in Paris whose show is warm and traditional. Its structure has been designed by Gustave Eiffel
Where to eat
Two excellent restaurants in the Latin Quarter are:
- Itinéraires, an excellent bistro located near the Seine
- The famous and traditional Tour D’Argent, one of the most historic restaurants in Paris
Where to stay
Due to its central position, the Latin Quarter is a good place to stay.
Not only the region is central and close to several important tourist spots, but it is also beautiful and lively, with a variety of shops.
Some suggestions of good hotels in the Latin Quarter.
- Le Notre Dame (3 stars): located on the banks of the Seine, near the Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Hotel des Grands Hommes (3 stars): situated next to the Panthéon.
- Residence Henri IV (4 stars): close to the Sorbonne and the Cluny Museum