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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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Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
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Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
$84.05 per adult
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Best Walking Tour [Guide] Ever
Really, the most memorable experience was the one provided by Alex, our guide. His knowledge was impressive, but above all, he spoke to us as an experienced tour guide without ego or arrogance. He was super friendly and made it easy on us to ask lots of questions, even if we thought "this might be a stupid question"... He took us to all the sights promised on the itinerary and provided thoughtful and interesting information on the history, architecture and context behind what we were seeing. Highly recommend this tour, esp for Paris first-timers and esp if you get Alex as your guide.
Noah_K, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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.
star-5
Oliver Rules
Pam_M, Dec 2019
Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour
Oliver spent lots of time figuring out what we wanted and adapting his tour to our interests. One of us had mobility issues and he kindly adjusted the tour to address them without making it obvious that that was what he was doing. He had a lot of interesting facts at his disposal that we were not familiar with (think gargoyles) Fascinating part of the city that he made even more fascinating with his insights I hope he made it to Birmingham for Christmas Pam and Deb
star-5
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.
star-5
Saint Chapelle et al,
Chris_G, Jun 2019
Private Tour: Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie & Cluny, through the Latin Quarter
Emily was superb with a charming demeanor and personality and an extraordinary grasp of French history with lots of very interesting antidotes. Just terrific!
star-5
Exceeded our expectations
Anthony_B, Jun 2019
2hr Latin Quarter Paris Food Tour
We enjoyed the tour and our tour guide, Bob. He was very informative and gave us many ins and outs of the Latin Quarter. The food was delicious along with the conversation.
star-4
Regina
AliceRegOni, Jun 2018
Private Tour: Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie & Cluny, through the Latin Quarter
Our guide Clemence was wonderful - she was very knowledgeable and informative and had a pleasant disposition. Our private tour turned out to be for only the three of us including my two teenage children who very much enjoyed Clemence’s historical story telling.

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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