Latin Quarter

In the heart of the historic old town, the Latin Quarter sits astride Paris’ 5th and 6th arrondissements on the famous Left Bank. The Latin Quarter is one of the world’s best known areas, housing as it does the famous Sorbonne University. The Quarter was at the centre of the Roman city Lutetia which gave birth to the international metropolis we know today. It is criss-crossed by Boulevard Saint-Germain and Boulevard Saint-Michel. The Sorbonne is not the only university in the city, there are many others Grandes Ecoles and prestigious high schools where an elite education is offered.  Because it is the stamping ground of students and professors there are many bookshops and a lively intellectual scene in the atmosphere. The Paris Latin Quarter is the historic student district, the one that hosted in the Middle Ages the most famous universities of the entire kingdom of France. During the disturbances of May 1968 the quarter formed the centre of the students’ protests.

The Latin Quarter: Paris, History of the past and today

Opposite the Sorbonne is the Hôtel de Cluny which houses the Museum of the Middle Ages with the famous tapestry “The Lady with a Unicorn”. Just a few meters away, on the museum site, are the gallo-roman baths which date from the first to the third centuries, witnesses of the ancient past of the district. At the summit of Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, not far from the Jardin des Plantes, the Panthéon combines past and modernity. If it hosts for eternity the great names of the Republic, its forecourt has become the preferred meeting place for student youth, close to the Luxembourg Gardens. It is also in this garden that we can see students revise their lessons in the grass when the sunny days come back. At Place Saint-Michel there is a monumental fountain which represents Saint Michel striking down the Devil. 

A lively, picturesque and authentic area

By day and by night,  this is one of the liveliest quarters of Paris, with its booksellers along the embankments, its historic little streets and its grand houses which still retain all their former glories. Tourists like to walk around to discover the true Paris of Parisians. It is also an opportunity for them to eat in the many bars and restaurants in the area. Amongst its famous cafés is Les Deux Magots, founded in 1812 and where Picasso, Prévert, Hemingway and  Simone de Beauvoir liked to gather. 

Filmmakers also appreciate this place and regularly put their cameras on it. The Latin Quarter is also one of Paris's must-see filming locations.

Latin Quarter, Paris: more than a place, a lively space, inhabited by the vibrant soul of students and carried by the weight of several millennia of history. Visit its streets, its squares, its monuments with the guides of on Paris left River bank. If you visit Notre Dame Cathedral, plan a getaway on the southern shore!

9 tours

Christmas Tour - Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle & Christmas Market

Explore two medieval jewels in one tour: Sainte-Chapelle & Notre Dame, and get into the festive spirit at the Christmas market

Duration : 3 hour(s)Tour language:
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French Revolution Walking Guided Tour in Paris

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Experience a fascinating 3-hour walking tour through the lively district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Escorted by our professional tour guide, real storyteller, you will discover the dark and the blood-soaked days of the French Revolution.

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Literature Tour

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Explore with our expert guide the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhoods which are considered as the intellectual and literary centers of Paris. You will walk in the footsteps of famous writers such as Hemingway, Wilde, Joyce, Hugo or Baudelaire. You will be offered a coffee break in an authentic parisian café.

Duration : 3 hour(s)Tour language:
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Guided Tour: Historical Paris + Notre-Dame de Paris

Enjoy a coach tour with the comments of a guide and discover the history of the capital through its old districts. You will also enjoy a guided tour of Notre-Dame Cathedral, followed by a boat ride to Ile de la Cité.

Duration : 3:45 hour(s)Tour language:
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Paris Gourmet Tour

A tour of the Latin Quarter that features tastings of some of France's most iconic gastronomy

Duration : 3 hour(s)Tour language:
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Latin Quarter, petanque, bites & wine

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Enjoy the bobo beat of Saint-Germain & the buzzing fun of the Latin Quarter, while sampling pastries, meat & cheese in a traditional wine house and hitting the park for a casual game of petanque (+ wine!) for the win!

Duration : 3:30 hour(s)Tour language:
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Guided Visit of Notre-Dame de Paris, Montmartre, Louvre Museum with skip-the-line access

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Take a city tour through the Latin Quarter and the Marais, in the heart of the Paris student and cultural life. Guided tours of Notre Dame Cathedral, Montmartre (Place du Tertre and Sacré-Coeur), and the Louvre Museum. Opportunity to spend time at the Louvre and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

Duration : 9 hour(s)Tour language:
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E-ticket Pass Open Tour Paris

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Visit Paris at your convenience on board the OpenTour Paris bus with an unlimited 1-day pass. Hop on to our open-top tour buses and discover the great monumentsand their history thnaks to pre-recorded commentaries, Audio guides in 10 languages.

Duration : 1 day(s)Tour language:
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E-Ticket Pass Open Tour Paris and Boat Pass

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Ideal for visiting Paris over two days, at your convenience. Hop on an open-top bus or river boat (Batobus) and discover Paris and its finest monuments. You will be marveled by the beauty of the City of Lights.

Duration : 2 day(s)Tour language:
From €47.00 See details