Latin Quarter is a historical and diverse neighborhood, situated on what was once the Roman village of Lutetia. The neighbourhood is home to historical wonders and popular attractions like Panthéon, Eglise Saint-Sevérin Saint-Nicolas, Arènes De Lutèce and the Sorbonne University. This well-preserved ancient neighborhood was once the academic centre, traces of which can be found in the huge number of universities and colleges located here.
Fascinating and winding pedestrian streets and warmly lit cafes, bars and restaurants are characteristic for the Latin Quarter where you always find a busy vibe. To enjoy the best of the area; take a stroll on Rue des Canettes, which is popular for its chic bars.
While exploring the area, you will soon understand how attractive and how rich the culture and history are.
Here is a list of things to do in Latin Quarter, see and explore in this ancient neighborhood:
Places to eat
You will find many interesting cafes, restaurants and bars in Latin Quarter, even plenty that won’t break the bank. Wandering through the narrow streets of Fontaine Saint Michel, you’re sure to find something good to eat and drink no matter what your cravings are.
This is a popular place for breakfast and afternoon coffee and great choice if you like to have coffee with your croissant, like a true Parisian. During lunchtime, munch tasty sandwiches here with a choice of 20 delicious selections of breads, all made using natural leavening. Creative and tasty pastries, cakes, cookies and savoury dishes are also served here.
Café Le Papillon
This cafe has a great charm and is considered as a good affordable lunch spot. This old Parisian bistro serves authentic French dishes, fish dishes and special desserts and the place is a perfect combination of good food, lovely service, and fantastic ambiance.
You can’t beat this place for the quality, price and efficiency ratio. The modern bistro serves historic Parisian recipes, cooked using fresh regional produce. Some specialties to try are Crécy vegetable soup, eggs with tripe and gratinée des Halles. Do not miss a cone of shoestring chips – one of the most delicious things on the menu.
Where to stay?
If you are planning to visit Latin Quarter, you’ll find several good and affordable accommodation options in Latin Quarter. Book a serviced apartment if you are looking for a homely experience and want to live like a local Parisian. During your stay here, you can explore the neighborhood by foot and experience its dynamic nightlife.
Places to Shop
Experience the Parisian life like a local by shopping in the historic streets of the Latin Quarter. The neighborhood offers an extensive range of shopping opportunities that always attracts lots of people. Browse through markets, high-end clothing stores and fancy perfume shops for a great day out.
If you are looking for exclusive totes, shoulder bags, wallets, and belts in the highest-quality leather, Peggy Kingg is the right shopping destination. Peggy Huynh Kinh designs all the products offered here and she is known to always come up with new aesthetics for handbags.
A perfect place for book lovers, this book store has a huge collection of books on Canadian history. You can also find new and second-hand Québécois and English-language novels at discounted rates. On regular interval, the Canadian Club of Paris city organises poetry readings and literary conferences here.
Buy some contemporary and hi-end furniture, luxury objects, and lighting solutions at Avant-Scène. The showroom displays exclusive selections of international brands for both commercial and residential spaces. The store focuses on detail-oriented and personalized service to attract a wide customer base.