Located on the left bank of the Seine River, the Quartier Latin is the students’ area. This quarter has this name because the universities taught in Latin up until the 17th c. Nowadays, this old, but lively district still is frequented by many students who attend the famous universities nearby.
WHAT TO VISIT?
Historically, the Latin Quarter has been the university area of Paris. The Sorbonne University is located there, which is one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1253. The district became a students neighborhood after the foundation of this university.
In addition, the youth lifestyle of the students living in the district creates a unique ambience. Bookshops, bars and cafés can be found in almost every corner of this neighborhood!
While going for a walk around the district, you will be able to find the Lutetia Arenas, which was a place designed for gladiator fights and the Thermal Baths of Cluny, which were Roman baths founded in the 2nd century. You can also find the Fountain Saint Michel, which is often the students’ meeting point, and the Panthéon, which was the first big monument built in the city.
As the Roman Empire occupied these lands for a long period of time, you will be able to easily find Roman ruins and parks.
HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?Saint Michel Fountain. Photo credit: ParisByM
You can go for a walking tour by yourself but be sure not to fall in the tourist traps around the pedestrian streets: bad quality restaurants, tacky souvenir shops… During your tour of the streets you will be able to discover the main historical sights (Panthéon, Thermal Baths of Cluny, Fountain Saint Michel…).
If you like museums, you cannot miss the Cluny Museum, the museum of the Middle Ages.
If you are a history buff, you can also take a guided walking tour of the Quartier Latin, which will allow you to discover more anecdotes about this district.
After the tour, do not hesitate to take a well deserved snack or a café (a coffee) inside one of the most lively neighborhoods of the Paris.
- Hours: Lively all day and night long!
- Price: Free
- Access: Metro- “Saint-Michel” station, line 4
RER- “Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame” station, lines B and C.