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Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)
Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)

Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)

Free admission
Paris, France

The Basics

One of the oldest districts in Paris and home to ancient Roman ruins, the Latin Quarter has long fostered a reputation for creativity, intellectual daring, and radical politics. Its name comes from the fact that students here once spoke in Latin; founded in the 13th century, the storied Sorbonne University is still the beating heart of the neighborhood.

The area, which stretches across parts of the fifth and sixth arrondissements, is also home to a heavy concentration of destination-worthy attractions. Visitors frequent the Musée de Cluny (which is dedicated to medieval art and holds the world-famous Lady and the Unicorn tapestries), snap photos of the Panthéon, and stroll the Jardin du Luxembourg. As for culture, no Latin Quarter visit is complete without browsing the shelves at the storied Shakespeare & Company bookstore, strolling past the bouquinistes (booksellers) along the banks of the Seine, or taking in a live jazz performance. Numerous walking tours, bike tours, hop-on hop-off bus itineraries, and Seine river cruises provide other ways to soak up the area’s one-of-a-kind ambiance.

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Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
$40.45 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Lovely tour!
Our guide was born here and was therefore very informative. This is definitely a very interesting way to get around Paris and learn about the Latin Quarter. The ride wasn't too strenuous and we had plenty of short stops along the way.
Sarah_T, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Anukool knows his Paris History!
Skettie, May 2022
Private Tour: Secrets of Notre Dame & Latin Quarter with a Local
Anukool, our tour guide took the two of us through the Latin Quarter for 3 wonderful hours. He gave so much information and answered every question. He has a great personality which made the three hours fly by. We would highly recommend this Paris tour.
star-4
Great experience to get a quick taste of quartier latin and marais
Yiota_T, May 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
It was a very nice experience overall, we avoided the most touristic places, but the stops were too long, we disnt enjoy that much the ride and strong recommendation to the company : Add bikebaskets for our personal items such as water. Arturito was the best !!!
star-5
Great day!
Heida_S, May 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
Arturo was a fantastic guide. Very knowledgeable and funny and took us to unique sites. What a great day!!
star-5
A must do!
Margarita_D, May 2022
Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour
Francois was the best! Super fun filled with history and humor! A must do when your in town. Thank you!
star-5
Wonderful
Anna_M, May 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
We biked by some great places and felt safe the whole time. Our group was only 10 people total so it was a great size. We stopped for 45 minutes to take time for lunch in the cutest square. Great time.
star-5
Engaging, energetic, fluent in English, fluent in French history!
Curt_G, Apr 2022
Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
Wonderful walk with Lucien’s positive vibes and storytelling. Great way to kick off a weekend in Paris! Thanks Lucien!
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Awesome!
NonaLee_M, Mar 2022
Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour
Guide very knowledgeable and took us to places you would never know were there. He was very flexible and able to accommodated our interests! Highly Recommend
star-5
Fantastic Tour!
Amanda_M, Feb 2022
Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
This was a fantastic tour for all travel types! Do not hesitate to book. Our guide was interesting and extremely knowledgable. We learned so many fascinating things about Paris and the Latin Quarter, even though this was not our first time in Paris!
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Fun bike tour in the hidden spots of paris
Anonymous, May 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
Fun experience seeing new sights. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We saw interesting places like the church of the st sulpice, the Procope cafe, place des Vosges etc that I learned more about.
star-5
Quentin was excellent. ...
David_B, Sep 2021
Latin Quarter Private Walking Tour
Quentin was excellent. He led us through the very interesting sections of the Latin Quarter. We highly recommend his tour.
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Wonderful experience
Road684178, Sep 2019
2hr Latin Quarter Paris Food Tour
Me and my friends took the tour and totally enjoyed it. Lena was our guide and was just as sweet as she could be. She was very attentive and really explained things well. It was my buddy's birthday during the tour and Lena really made sure it was celebrated well. I highly recommend this easy going style tour. We walked for about a half mile in total at a very relaxing pace. There was 6 people including the tour guide in our group. Very nice experience.
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Excellent
Enrique_G, Jun 2019
Private Tour: Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie & Cluny, through the Latin Quarter
We were a party of 4 and the tour guide was very nice. We had some difficulty understanding her sometimes but she was very knowledgeable. I suggest in the Conciergerie that the tablets get included as part of the tour since it's not the same looking at bare walls as opposed to seeing in the tablet how it looked back then.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Latin Quarter is a must for all first-time visitors to Paris, especially literary buffs.

  • The area is known for its beautiful churches; Saint-Séverin and Saint-Étienne-du-Mont are both worth a visit.

  • See another side of Latin Quarter life when you venture to the Grand Mosquée de Paris. Its café serves delicious fresh mint tea.

  • Numerous cafés, restaurants, bars, and clubs abound for all your dining and nightlife needs.

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How to Get There

There is some debate over the exact boundaries of the neighborhood. Roughly, the Latin Quarter is bounded by Boulevard Saint-Michel to the west, Boulevard du Port-Royal and Boulevard Saint-Marcel to the south and east, and the Seine to the north. The area is served by numerous Métro lines and buses; Saint-Michel station is a good starting point.

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When to Get There

No matter the time of year, the Latin Quarter is teeming with a buzzing mix of students, locals, and visitors. As with the rest of Paris, it is at its quietest in August. The area is still host to impassioned demonstrations and protests; keep up-to-date with the news if you wish to avoid large crowds. May Day (May 1st) is a particularly popular time for such events.

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Best Neighborhood Eats

Ignore the quarter’s chain eateries and tourist traps. For a delicious, casual meal and an authentically Parisian experience, head to Rue Mouffetard. Its open-air street market is home to cheese vendors, bakers, fruit sellers, and other purveyors of marvelously tempting treats.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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