Latin Quarter, Paris: Every Thing You Need To Know

The Latin quarter Paris, also known as the 5th arrondissement, became famous when University of Paris was founded back in the 13th century. There are total 20 Neighborhoods in Paris. Let’s see what is special about this neighborhood.

The Latin quarter has many names one of which is “The student quartier”. As at the Latin quarter there are many institutions including the La Sorbonne University and the College of France. Students in Paris often seek accommodation in the district because of the multiple study options here.

It is one of the oldest districts in Paris. Also, Latin Quarter houses many famous bars and cabarets.

Moreover, the 5th arrondissement is known for the beautiful roman style narrow streets and the stone-paved alleys. Therefore, let me take you an adventure on discovering more about 5th Paris arrondissement.

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Famous Attractions in The Latin Quarter

If you ever have the chance of visiting the Latin quarter in Paris, you will be surprised to see famous attractions. And there are so many for your eyes to see in the oldest district in Paris. Mentioned below is a list of the “must visit” places in the Latin quarter.

Musee curie- 5th arrondissement landmark

Let me start with this beautiful museum that is found at 5th Paris arrondissement, it is located at 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie. The museum was built in the memory of Marie Curie who was known as the woman of science.

Aside from this, the entire museum has is themed around the works of Marie Curie. From one room to another you will be able to discover the unique works of this Lady in science.

The reason why this museum is so popular is because it contains Marie’s office and the laboratory where she used to work. Due to which, many tourists are fascinated by the ambiance of this museum.

Opening hours:

  • 1 Pm to 5 PM from Tuesdays to Sundays.
  • The museum is closed on Mondays and on holidays such as on Easter and Christmas.
  • Address: 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie

Natural History Museum of the latin quarter

I will now introduce you to the next most fascinating place found in the Latin quarter. The renowned museum of Natural history located at 57 Rue Cuvier 75005 Paris.

The museum will give you a chance to know comprehensively about natural histroy and will give an overview about topics such as botany and mineralogy. Many tourists love visiting this museum because of the views it offers.

Moreover, inside the space of the Jardin des plantes is a zoo which attracts many families and children to visit the museum.

Furthermore, you can visit the museum easily because it is free of cost however there is a ticket price for the zoo. You can purchase the tickets for the in person and online as well.

  • Timings: Daily from 7:30 AM to 8 PM.
  • Address: 57 Rue Cuvier 75005 Paris.

Beaucoup des Eglises, Most beautiful church in the Latin quarter

The 5th Paris arrondissement does not only have museum but it also has many famous landmarks such as the “Eglise Saint-Sevérin Saint-Nicolas church”. This church is widely popular for its architecture.

Moreover, it is so beautiful that many people start day dreaming just looking at the church. It has a dark sanctuary which is gorgeously illuminated by candles. The spiritual ambiance makes the church very peaceful to have meaningful conversation with God.

Inside the church, you will be fascinated by the unique interior and stained glass windows. Inside the 5th arrondissement there are many churches but this church is one its kind.

It is located at 3 Rue des Prêtes-Saint-Séverin and you can visit it through multiple metro stations such as through the Saint-Michel station. Moving ahead, the church is open regularly for the public.

  • Address: 3 Rue des Prêtes-Saint-Séverin

Grande Mosquee de Paris

If you want to explore the Islamic culture in the Latin quarter, make sure to the visit the Grande Mosquée de Paris. It is just a few steps away from the Jardin des Plantes. This mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Paris built back in 1922.

Moreover, many locals from the Muslim community frequently visit the mosque to have a unique and exotic experience. There are many entrances to the mosque one of which is the “2 Bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite”.

Furthermore, inside the mosque you will find the interior fascinating as it’s designed in a Hispano style.

The prayer hall includes beautifully designed carpets and colorful decorations.

You will not regret visiting this mosque because it is truly one of the fascinating places to visit inside the 5th arrondissement.

The mosque is open for the public on all days except on Fridays and on Muslim holidays such as Eid.

Address: 2bis Pl. du Puits de l’Ermite, 75005 Paris

La Sorbonne, oldest university in the 5th arrondissement paris

Next in line at the Latin quarter is the “Sorbonne university” also known as La Sorbonne. It is the older academic institution at the 5th arrondissement. Sorbonne university was built decades ago for the purpose of providing education to poor students, initially it was just a college.

Furthermore, the college later on developed into a university which today is known as the Sorbonne university.

The Sorbonne university is widely famous for its beautiful and unique architecture. On top of it, Sorbonne University have one of the most popular libraries in Paris. The old architecture makes the library so much more interesting place to visit in the Latin quarter.

The university is located at 47 Rue des Ecoles and is open from 10:30 Am – 4:30 PM for the public. However, to visit the university you might need to pull a few strings and make reservations.

  • Address: 47 Rue des Ecoles
  • Timings: 10:30 Am – 4:30 PM

Shakespeare and company-The famous bookstore of the Latin quarter

Let me tell you about a place of everything in 5th Paris arrondissement. In the oldest district of a foreign country, I’m sure seeing English literature will be a treat. Moreover, Shakespeare and Company has a fascinating history.

Founded in 1951 by an American expatriate George Whitman, the bookshop has hosted writers such as Sylvia Beach and many more. Hence the shop being an important part for young writers hosts literary events, lodging and even has a café now.

  • Opening hours: Sunday 12pm – 7pm, otherwise 10am – 8pm
  • Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

The pantheon

In a slightly elevated part of the oldest district lies the Montagne Sainte-Genevieve. It holds the tombs of prominent citizens. Coupled with recognizing the accomplishments of famous French writers, politicians and more.

I will suggest you climb the 200 steps to enjoy the picturesque views from the dome. You have a 360-degree view from the balcony. Therefore, you can spot famous monuments such as the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower.

  • Address:  Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris
  • Timings: April – October
  •  Sunday 9am-5:45pm otherwise 8:30am-7:15pm

Jardin des Plantes

Next in line I have is a wonder for anthophiles. The garden called Jardin des Plantes was made by the King in 17th century. Notably it includes medical plants.

From their 11 distinct gardens the main treasures are Jardin de Roses, Jardin Alpin and Jardin de I’Ecole de Botanique. These are famous for their exceptionality ranging from roses to mountain plants. Moreover, they depict biodiversity for the educational arrangements.

  • Address: 57 Rue Cuvier 75005 Paris (Métro: Place Monge or Jussieu station)
  • Timings: 7:30-8pm, closes at 7pm on Friday.
  •  Free entry. The Menagerie has purchasable tickets online.

Rue Mouffetard- Famous street of the latin quarter

If you need to get your daily shopping done you must head to Rue Mouffetard. Situated in the oldest district this street provides you a true flavor of Paris. Moreover, it has historic shops, houses from 16th to 18th century, cafes and restaurants filled with students.

On weekends the street with its bakeries and cheese shops becomes lively with musicians. Furthermore, the traditional market shops with a huge variety of fruit are open in the mornings.  

  • Address: 75005 Paris

Best restaurants to eat in The Latin Quarter

I’m sure you must be hungry by now after visiting all those beautiful places. Therefore, I’m here to fulfil all your cravings by giving you information about which café or restaurants you can visit.

Café de Flore

Located in 5th arrondissement at 172 Boulevard Saint Germain 75006 is a beautiful small café. It is one of the oldest Parisian cafés which is widely popular. You will not regret visiting this café as it offers the best French cuisine ever.

It opens early and closes at 1:30 Am every night.

Androuet Fromagerie

This is a historic cheese shop which has been operating in the 5th arrondissement for about a century now. Many tourists come to the Latin quarter just to visit this cheese shop. It has the finest cheese which is absolutely delicious.

Affordable hotels in The Latin Quarter

If you want to enjoy trip to the 5th arrondissement on a budget. Here I have mentioned a few hotels where you can stay.

Hôtel du Collège de France

This 3-star hotel is located only a block away from the Cluny Museum. It is located at very quiet street so you don’t have to worry about excessive noise.

Moreover, the hotel provides accommodation and other necessities at very affordable price. Some of the rooms have balconies so you can easily enjoy the beautiful views of the Latin quarter.

Hotel Marignan

Another hotel in the area that provides rooms at very affordable prices which also offers you luxuries such as complimentary breakfast.

There are various metro stations located around the 5th arrondissement which you can use such as the:

  • Saint-Michel Notre-Dame
  • Cardinal Lemoine
  • Jussieu
  • Place Monge Metro
  • Cluny La Sorbonne
  • Saint-Paul

That’s all you need to know about the 5th Paris arrondissement, make sure to give your feedback on all the mentioned places.

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