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Our Latin Quarter Paris Map will guide you through what was once the Roman village of Lutetia. Arènes des Lutece , the Pantheon , and Musée de Cluny are historical curiosities that surround this area. But despite its Roman traces, it’s not why this area has been coined “Latin Quater”. The name spread some time after the founding of the University of Paris or La Sorbonne in the city’s 5th arrondissement. During those days, latin was the spoken language at universities and so students who walked around the neighborhood were often overhead speaking latin thus the name “quartier latin”. To this day, the Latin Quarter is a popular place among students and has extended its hospitality to artists and travellers. Our Latin Quarter Paris map will show you all the best places in the area that explain why.
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10+ recommendations of the must-see sights in the Latin Quarter, including historical sights and local recommendations such as restaurants and hidden gems.
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Latin Quarter Paris Map: some historical facts
Arènes de Lutèce
Arènes de Lutèce is one of the most important remains from the ancient Roman era in Paris. It was once an arena that could seat around 15,000 people and was also used as an amphitheater where eager spectators could witness roman gladiators fight! Visit this little piece of Rome in the middle of Paris’ 5th arrondissement.
Ernest Hemingway lived in the Latin Quarter
“Paris is a moveable feast.” Those are the famous words of one of the most famous American writers, Ernest Hemingway. The writer spent a few years of his life living in the Latin Quarter of Paris. During his time in the city, he became acquainted with other artists like Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, and James Joyce. Even though nearly a century has passed since Hemingway lived and wrote in the streets of Paris, his unique version of the city remains: stroll through the windy avenues of the Left Bank, visit the Jardin Luxembourg or even have a drink at one of his favorite cafes to make Hemingway’s Paris your own.
Pantheon is a must-visit for history lovers
The Panthéon, with its iconic structure and dome, is perched on top the Latin Quarter’s historic hill, Montagne Sainte-Geneviève. Today, the travellers walking towards the monument will barely feel the incline. Apart from appreciating the history of the building, visitors can see the tombs of French figures like Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas and Marie Curie. Don’t leave without going up the dome’s colonnade from where you can enjoy the sweeping views of Paris.
Musée de Cluny is a great medieval remain
If you’re interested in seeing medieval art and craftwork collections, look no further than Musée de Cluny. This museum, along with the Pantheon are included in the Paris Museum Pass. Make your time and money all the more worth it by purchasing the pass and seeing multiple attractions in the city during your stay! There are very nice exhibitions taking place all year round at Musée de Cluny – learn about hem all in our visit Paris travel guide.
Latin Quarter Paris Map: attractions in the area
Apart from the historical sites Arènes de Lutèce, Panthéon, and Musée de Cluny, the Latin Quarter has also become an area of interest for many travellers for these reasons:
Jardin du Luxembourg
This is one of the most-loved gardens in all of Paris by travellers and Parisians, too! On a perfectly sunny day, you can pull a chair towards the large fountain and sit down to relax. This garden is also a big hit with children for the wooden toy boats you can rent for about €5 and let float on the fountains.
Eglise Saint Julien Le Pauvre
People consider this church to be one of the oldest in all of Paris. It was built in the 12th century and is believed to have been built on the foundations of a 6th century church!
Grande Mosquée de Paris
Another place that has made it on our Latin Quarter Paris map is the Grande Mosque of Paris. You can come here to admire the beautiful moorish architecture of the mosque. You’ll also feel as if you were in the Alhambra in Granada, Spain after touring its lush garden and patio surrounded by finely sculpted arches.
Where to shop in Latin Quarter
As you walk around Paris, or perhaps even just in the 5th arrondissement, you’ll come across several pharmacies. The only one worth stopping for is Parapharmacy Monge for its wide collection of skincare products that extend outside of French brands. The best part of it is that this is only one of the few places in Paris that offer a direct tax refund! Across the parapharmacy is Perfumery Monge where you can buy signature French scents. Check out our guide to the top 20 French skincare products to know the ones you should be purchasing!
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Latin Quarter Paris Map: where to eat
The Latin Quarter area is neither too small nor too big but surely after all of that walking around and sightseeing, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Luckily this area has a number of good restaurants that will satisfy different cravings. The best part of all is that you’ll find many of the eateries here are moderately priced or even cheap! But beware of the tourists traps. Here are the places you should check out:
– Shakespeare & Co. Café for some delicious baked goods like hand-rolled bagels, pies, and even some vegan and gluten-free fare.
– Au P’tit Grec doesn’t actually serve Greek food but delicious crêpes, both sweet and savory!
– Chez Gladines serves hearty plates of southwest french cuisine, definitely where a hungry person would enjoy a full meal!
– La Petite Perigourdine used to be only famous among locals until famed writer Anthony Bourdain once included it in his guides. Now, you can expect a bit of a wait before getting seated!
Latin Quarter Paris Map: sweets and coffee
For an afternoon pick-me-up, come by any of the recommended bakeries and cafes we’ve included in our Latin Quarter Paris map:
– Aux Merveilleux de Fred originally from Lille, has impressed Parisians and many travellers with their crispy yet soft meringue sandwich that holds the light whipped cream inside!
– Strada Café‘s cute blue spot is just across Arènes des Lutèce. It is the perfect spot in the neighborhood for a shot of caffeine!
– Carl Marletti makes some of Paris’ best fresh fruit tarts! Definiftely do not miss picking up one or two of his pastries when you’re in the Latin Quarter!
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