Quartier Latin or the Latin Quarter- one of the iconic left bank Paris districts.
Pantheon Paris, Sorbonne, Île Saint-Louis, Saint-Germain, Jardin des Plantes, Arènes de Lutèce, Place Monge, Place Contrescarpe, rue Mouffetard
La Sorbonne disgorges indigenous and international university profs and students into the quarter’s bars, cafés, brasseries and bistros. Locals mix comfortably with them here and along the wonderful market streets and squares of rue Mouffetard, Place Monge and Place Contrescarpe. The Pantheon draws philosophical and intellectual tourists to its magnificent spaces above and below ground.
The Arènes de Lutèce amphitheatre reminds Parisians (whether they will admit it or not) of their roots in the Gallo-Roman era. Jardin des Plantes, a garden labyrinth around the National Natural History Museum, sits just off the left bank of the Seine below Île Saint Louis.
The crossroads of boulevards Saint Germain and Saint Michel are the proverbial line in the sand separating the lively Latin Quarter from the sophistication of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the nobility of Notre Dame.
Browse our very own images and our customer observations below to get a feel for the Quartier Latin neighbourhood. If you conclude that this is a great place to stay in Paris, avail of our user-friendly map tool to precisely pinpoint and select Paris rentals in the locality or go straight to our complete list of places to stay in the area.
- view from Ile Saint Louis
- and from close up!
Universite de Paris - Sorbonne
- at the heart of the Latin Quarter.
Maubert Mutualite, one of many markets in the district and reputedly the oldest in the city, ...
... is held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings
For our family of five the location was outstanding…
Royal duck at La Tour d'Argent or hearty Basque plates at Gladines
- within 100 metres of each other on the Left Bank across from Ile Saint Louis
Shakespeare and Company
- probably the most famous bookshop in all of Paris is on rue de la Bucherie on the Left Bank, across from Notre Dame.
Keep fit in the Latin Quarter
Pay as you go swimming in the wonderful art deco 50m pool in Club Quartier Latin on rue Pontoise or go freestyle along the banks of the Seine!
And then enjoy the neighbourhood's cocktail hour all the more!
... meet with friends where rue de Lanneau meets rue Valette
Latin Quarter - a melange of urban art and architecture
The surrounding cafes, bars and restaurants are wonderful...
Mark Kelly, Australia, July 2014 | stayed in Rue Thouin in Quartier Latin
Arenes de Lutece
- good for street football for today's young Parisians and a history class about their Gallo-Roman heritage.
Monge, Mouffetard and Contrescarpe - market streets and squares
Very conveniently located...
… a block from the Jussieu Metro, with adequate shops, patisseries, restaurants, cafes, convenience stores etc in the immediate vicinity.
Mark and Arlene Le Roy, South Africa, July 2013 | stayed in Rue Linné in Quartier Latin
Place Monge market is held on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings.
Two of our favourite but quite different Latin Quarter eating establishments - Au P'etit Grec on rue Mouffetard for really great savoury crepes to take away and Le Pre Verre wine bistro which serves French cuisine with a touch of the Orient.
After your savoury crepe from Au P'etit Grec head across the street for dessert - a great rose shaped cornet from Gelati d'Alberto.
The National Natural History Museum and the Jardin des Plantes
- two wonderful amenities dominating the eastern end of the district beside the Seine
The location allowed us to feel like we were living as Parisians…
… as there’s nothing better than walking out to buy delicious French food and wine and bringing it back for a relaxed evening at ‘home’. The neighbourhood is so central to so many things.
Barbara Morrison, Melbourne, September 2013 | stayed in Rue Maître Albert in Quartier Latin
Quartier Latin is an ideal base in central Paris from which to easily access Chateau de Versailles.
- 30 minutes on the RER C train from Gare d'Austerlitz or Saint-Michel - Notre Dame stations