Latin Quarter, Paris

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    The Latin Quarter

    by sim1 Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    Let’s hop on the metro again and return to the city centre. I am now on the other side of the River Seine, and I'll explore this area a bit more and end this page with my descriptions of Ile de la Cité.

    I'll start my tour at the Latin Quarter, which is a 100% contrasts to my previous destination La Défense. No modern buildings here, business men or modern architecture. But instead small windy streets, lots and lots of tourists, historical buildings and a thousand or more little (tourist) restaurants and bistros to choose from. Since The Latin Quarter has been dominated by the University of Paris, La Sorbonne, it has acquired its name from the early Latin-speaking students.

    Some of the highlights of this area are the Institut du Monde Arabe, Musée du Moyen Age (Middle Ages) or also called the Musée de Cluny, the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in the Jardin des Plantes or how about the Le Panthéon and the churches of St-Séverin and St.Julien-le-Pauvre. My personal favourites of the Latin Quarter were my visits to the Musée de Cluny and lunch at a fantastic little winebar on the edge of the district called L'Ecluse (see my restaurant tips).

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    Students and tourists

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    The Latin Quarter - the name conjures up images of students and intellectuals sitting in atmospheric cafes and brasseries, arguing and debating long into the night. The reality these days is that the cafes are full of tourists and the debates are over which "menu du jour" offers the best value and just what is "faux-filet."
    Oh well, that's no reason to give this corner of Paris a miss. The students certainly are still there, many of the brasseries do offer good value and there are bookshops aplenty still even if genuine intellectuals are thin on the ground.

    There are any number of top sight-seeing options around here - the Hotel Cluny ( my No 1 choice for the glorious Lady and the Unicorn tapestries housed here) , the Sorbonne Chapel (open only for special events - I caught a fabulous Giotto exhibition here last time I was in Paris), the Arab Institute with its excellent museum, and equally good Lebanese restaurant (le Ziryab - very pricey and bookings are essential but the view is spectacular), the Pantheon and the Church of Saint Edmond du Mont ( and a great little pub down the hill fromthere where a jazz band sets up on Saturday afternoons)

    Whether you opt for a full-on culture combo of museums, churches and historic buildings or simply to wander, soaking up the atmosphere of the narrow streets, the Latin Quarter is one corner of Paris not to be missed.

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    Sounds of the Night- The Latin Quarter

    by mplstall Written Jul 15, 2009

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    Of course after crossing the Seine and entering the Latin Quarter, a cacophony of sounds sights and a menagerie of people and personalities emerge. this area, known primarily for its nightlife, is thriving and alive at any time- it is the petit city that rarely sleeps. Lined with bistros, cafes, brasseries, boulangerie, jazz clubs, boutiques, bookshops and tourist shops, the area provides entertainment for all ages and all desires. The Latin Quarter is a street wander becomes walking feast through crooked, cobblestones streets of old. it is a moving passageway to neon light, old world, voices of the multi lingual personalities and a roaring backlash of "tourism" at its height.

    Shakespeare and Company bookstore is there (they will stamp your book purchase for you) where you can find all things literary. I'm a Hemingway fanatic and always purchase something of his at this shop. If the attic is open (rarely) venture the old worn steps. It is a small reading room with comfortable seating, views of the river and rustic in nature. This is a definite must, especially if the resident cat strolls by and gives you the nod of approval.

    The St. Severin is a favorite for coffee and people watching and wonderful for an evening cognac or wine.. If you desire a passion for fish entrees, le Luna is in store. Under yellow washed walls and small cramped quarters where every gets to know you, you can dine on some of the best french fish dishes I have found in the city. If you are in the mood for Greek food, Le Meteora will give you hours of enjoyment. Greek aperitifs, main course skewers, great chocolate mousse, and drinks to which i could never even pronounce let alone spell. All food is served with live music, dancing and cajoling waiters, unsuspecting diners hoisted onto table tops and give lessons in dancing, a circle dance to the cheers and roar of the crowded restaurant. Songs are sung by everyone and plates are dashed to the floor in celebration of a great meal, new friends and yells and squeal's of laughter.

    The street food amidst the convergence of the street performers and both french residents and visitors is best for food on the move. Crepes of any fashion, bread and cheese, hot dogs (yes they are there but so much better than home), all things felafel's and hand carved meats, chocolates and sweets by the delectable mouthful. There is a flavor and style for every palate and all one has to do is decide- now therein lies the problem...

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    Place de la Contrescarpe

    by BeatChick Updated Jan 20, 2008

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    The Place de la Contrescarpe is a square where the students from the Universite de Paris have hung out, eaten & drunk for centuries! There are plenty of bars & restaurants to choose from in this area; one that I ate at is just off the square called La Couscoussiere, a Morrocan joint which serves wonderful & cheap couscous.

    Nearby is the rue Mouffetard, a great market street in the Latin which has a great wine store (I saw great wine for as low as 2€), some crepes stands and a food market during the day. Just off rue Mouffetard are cobblestoned passages such as vine-laden Passage des Postes, Passage des Patriarches and Square Vermenouze.

    In the middle of the square is a wonderful old burbling fountain that people enjoy day or night, picnic or no, cold or hot - even in winter it was filled with people!

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    Place de la Contrescarpe Place de la Contrescarpe at night Passage des Postes Pigeons Warming themselves on the Place Christmas over Place de la Contrescarpe
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    Quartier Latin

    by Diana75 Updated Feb 16, 2006

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    The name Latin Quarter came from the fact that most of the famous schools and old universities located in the area were using for teaching, until the French Revolution, the Latin language.

    Latin Quarter is a popular meeting place for young people and its main attractions are the Pantheon, St-Etienne-du-Mont church, St-Severin church and La Sorbonne.

    In the summer time, the Latin Quarter is a beautiful lively place, due to the numerous cafes, bistros and restaurants around.

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  • Look Beyond the Commercialism

    by CoAir13 Written May 4, 2004

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    We stayed in this area so, it became very familiar to us! We discovered this area on foot by day AND night! The fast food places and clothing chains along Blvd. St.- Michel can be distracting. Look beyond and you will find the Pantheon, Sorbonne, Musee de Cluny, Square Viviani, Arenes de Lutece, and the Mosquee de Paris all lie in this historic area. The open -air market on rue Mouffetard was a lot of fun for the both of us as was the cafe lined Place de la Contrescarpe. By night , the area around St. Severin becomes loud and obnoxious with restauranteurs trying to lure patrons in with their antics (ie. plate smashing on the street outside Greek restaurants)and music from the many clubs. We both enjoyed ALL of the activities around the Latin Quarter!

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    Great food, nice people

    by jlanza29 Updated Mar 25, 2011

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    Well, I ran into this area as I was looking for the train stop, and I am soooo happy I did....I had not spoken to anyone who had mentioned the Latin Quarter to me, so I'm glad I found it.....This is probably the cheapest and best meals you will have in all of Paris.....the narrow streets are lined with all types of restaurants offering every type of food your looking for...pastries, cheese stores, all foods.......Spend having lunch here !!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IT !!!!!! and for those who fear the language barrier....most of the places have English menu's !!!!!

    One of the best neighborhood's in all of Paris can't beat the prices here !!!!
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    Latin Quarter and River Seine

    by Robmj Updated Apr 24, 2009

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    The river Seine disects Paris and is a great place to stroll along either the left bank or right bank. There are many arguments over which bank is better, don't worry, just do both.

    The Latin Quarter (arrondissement or district 5e and 6e) is quite central and while growing in tourism, stilll contains a large number of students, artists and academics. The boulevard St Michel which is the border is a large shop lined street. This area is known as the Latin quarter because up until the revolution the students and professors only communicated in Latin.

    There is an amazing collection of cafes and restaurants, theatres and quaint shops in this area, plus its only a quick stroll to the Notre Dame and Pont Neuf along the Seine River. The pantheon is a landmark in this area. It is a very historic area of Paris.

    In all, it makes a great base to explore Paris from.

    River Seine in Latin Quarter

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    College atmosphere

    by IIGUANA Written Feb 15, 2005

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    The Latin Quarter was founded in 1257 around the Sorbonne University. It owes its name to the language spoken up until the revolution by students and teachers in the district. It holds bookshops, clothes shops, restaurants and decoration stores.
    A stroll along the Latin Quarter will take you form medieval monuments to picturesque markets, and from roman amphitheaters to incredible churches.
    Take the time to sit in a café and grab something to eat. And watch the people go by, the beautiful markets and life as it should be in any city, parisian style.

    A typical street at Latin Quarter
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    Ya just gotta go!

    by Colzy Written Oct 29, 2004

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    Unfortunately I only discovered this lively quarter towards the end of my stay in Paris. Sigh. I had of course visited Notre Dame and La Chapelle but had not had the chance to venture too far beyond. I had an hour before I was to depart Paris and went for a bit of a stroll through the winding streets.

    It was a veritable smorgasboard of sights and smells and basically anything GOOD. There were cheap eats and so much life here I was pleasently surprised and cannot wait to return and check it out properly.

    In the midst of the Quarter

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    Latin Quarter

    by Dabs Written Jan 7, 2004

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    The Latin Quarter, named for the only language permitted at the university in olden days, is a fun place to hang out. Go and see the Pantheon and the Musee de Cluny and it's wonderful Lady and the Unicorn tapestries then grab a quick and cheap bite to eat on the pedestrian streets near the Cluny Sorbonne metro stop.

    The attached photo is the Place de la Sorbonne, the square we walked thru going to and from our hotel.

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    Latin Quarters

    by kenyneo Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    I am supposed to see Antonette and her gangs of street performers ( it was on my Paris " to do things " but I could not make it on Sunday.. Too lazy , perhaps when you are in Paris for a week you are spoilt by the ambience ..I just laze around and enjoy Paris

    Anyway I did make it to Latin Quarters...not only that I walked with Romain my friend from Du Monde Arabique to thru Latin Quarters to Montparnasse just to get to a restaurant that Roamin recommended. My leg is already aching but when my freind asked me if I can walk - I said yes. Argghhh..shouldnt have said that....but the subsequent French cuisine compensated all.

    To know the ins and out of Latin Quarters you must check VT Guyon's paris travelogue

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    Latin Quarter / 5th's district

    by sfwinegirl Written Sep 11, 2009

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    The 5th district of Paris (also better known as the Latin Quarter) is one of the best known of the city’s central districts, located on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche) of the river Seine. The first great Parisian university, the Sorbonne, was founded here and the area has a significant student presence, with several universities and schools of higher education being located in the area. The district also houses the core of ancient Gallo-Roman Paris. A number of rare archaeological remains that can be seen within the district.

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    A tale of the the green boxes

    by sourbugger Updated May 16, 2013

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    Along the left bank of the Seine in the area of the Latin Quarter / Notre Dame, you will find a series of metallic green boxes that are cunningly strapped to the wall.

    Every one is a business in it's own right. Depending upon the day or time of day, the contents are brought out to see the light of day.

    This the centre of French intellectual life, and many of the stall will sell rare and erudite volumes to the students amd professors of universities alike. Many more sell old (are rare) magazines, prints and the like. Some sell good quality art, but an increasing number peddle general tourist c**p.

    Whilst this may have the appearance of a 'perfect market', prices can be steep.

    An excellent place for a leisurely browse - with no pressure to buy.

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    When are you in the Latin Quarter?

    by hquittner Written Oct 30, 2006

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    Although a “Quartier” (quarter) refers to a neighborhood, its boundaries appear to be in the eyes of the sightseer. Guidebooks seem to never define the Latin Quarter but they should. VT is confusing too. (In New Orleans where I live, we have similar difficulties. It is called “Uptown”, “Carrollton” , “University area” and “Riverbend”--nobody will clarify this). The best working definition I can find relates the LQ to that part of the Left Bank where first the Romans and then the religious school students lived, around the Sorbonne. It is all in the 5th Arrondissement .The area starts in the NE at the Place Maubert (Metro) runs along Blvd St. Germain to “the Boul Mich’ (Metro), South along the Boul to r. Gay-Lussac, then East to where r. Thouin meets r. Descartes at the edge of the Pl. Contrescarpe and then back North. By this definition the Churches St. Julien and St, Severin are in the St. Severin Quarter which at its Northwest looks out on the Fontaine St.-Michel., behind which the street leads directly to St. Germain des Pres (this is another Quartier).
    The pl. de la Sorbonne is the “second campus”of the University and is lined by bars, cafes and shops with lots of outdoor tables and the Church at the East end. A monument to August Comte(1798-1857) sits near the middle. He was a positivist philosopher and mathematician, the father sociology, fired from his post at the Sorbonne for his ideas but now very obviously reinstated. A jazz group usually appears in the early evening.
    The area includes these sites: Pantheon, the Churches Sorbonne and St.-Etienne-du-Mont, lots of schools and the Cluny. Each of these has its own tip category.

    Jazz au parisien Base of monument to Auguste Comte The man (closeup) Hanging out in the place In front of the Eglise
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