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Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)
Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)

Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)

Free admission
Paris, France

The Basics

One of the oldest districts in Paris and home to ancient Roman ruins, the Latin Quarter has long fostered a reputation for creativity, intellectual daring, and radical politics. Its name comes from the fact that students here once spoke in Latin; founded in the 13th century, the storied Sorbonne University is still the beating heart of the neighborhood.

The area, which stretches across parts of the fifth and sixth arrondissements, is also home to a heavy concentration of destination-worthy attractions. Visitors frequent the Musée de Cluny (which is dedicated to medieval art and holds the world-famous Lady and the Unicorn tapestries), snap photos of the Panthéon, and stroll the Jardin du Luxembourg. As for culture, no Latin Quarter visit is complete without browsing the shelves at the storied Shakespeare & Company bookstore, strolling past the bouquinistes (booksellers) along the banks of the Seine, or taking in a live jazz performance. Numerous walking tours, bike tours, hop-on hop-off bus itineraries, and Seine river cruises provide other ways to soak up the area’s one-of-a-kind ambiance.

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Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
$39.32 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Relaxing, scenic, and interesting
Exploring Paris on bicycles was a great choice while traveling with teenagers. Our guide, Arnaud, was really nice—informative, patient, and funny. Highly recommend!
Rachel_T, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Personable/Knows
Lisa_S, Jun 2022
Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
This was a great tour. We really enjoy it. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, personable and funny. Babylon tour guides were definitely in a different league.
star-5
Relaxing, scenic, and interesting
Rachel_T, Jun 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
Exploring Paris on bicycles was a great choice while traveling with teenagers. Our guide, Arnaud, was really nice—informative, patient, and funny. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great experience and guide
Maria_R, Jun 2022
Private Tour: Secrets of Notre Dame & Latin Quarter with a Local
Our tour guide, Bibiana from Locals, was wonderful! So informative and fun and since it was a private tour we were able to stop for coffee and she lead us to where our next activity was meeting. I loved Luxembourg gardens and walking through the Latin Quarter
star-5
Arnauld was a great guide...
Bruce_B, Jun 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
Arnauld was a great guide who showed us parts of the city one normally doesn't see. I particularly liked going by bike as we were able to cover a lot of ground, plus it was fun cycling through the many narrow streets of Paris.
star-5
Anukool knows his Paris History!
Skettie, May 2022
Private Tour: Secrets of Notre Dame & Latin Quarter with a Local
Anukool, our tour guide took the two of us through the Latin Quarter for 3 wonderful hours. He gave so much information and answered every question. He has a great personality which made the three hours fly by. We would highly recommend this Paris tour.
star-5
A must do!
Margarita_D, May 2022
Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour
Francois was the best! Super fun filled with history and humor! A must do when your in town. Thank you!
star-5
Great way to see another side of Paris!
Alexandra_A, Jun 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
Oh my goodness this was so much fun. We were with such a lovely group of people and the bike ride was great. Arnaud made it fun and really interesting. Highly recommend!
star-5
Engaging, energetic, fluent in English, fluent in French history!
Curt_G, Apr 2022
Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
Wonderful walk with Lucien’s positive vibes and storytelling. Great way to kick off a weekend in Paris! Thanks Lucien!
star-5
Awesome!
NonaLee_M, Mar 2022
Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour
Guide very knowledgeable and took us to places you would never know were there. He was very flexible and able to accommodated our interests! Highly Recommend
star-5
Fascinating back street discoveries.
Sarah_M, Jun 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
A fantastic way to see more of the less touristy parts of the city, and uncover some lovely stories behind the places. Our guide Arnaud was brilliant, and we got to meet other visitors on the tour which was really interesting.
star-5
Quentin was excellent. ...
David_B, Sep 2021
Latin Quarter Private Walking Tour
Quentin was excellent. He led us through the very interesting sections of the Latin Quarter. We highly recommend his tour.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Road684178, Sep 2019
2hr Latin Quarter Paris Food Tour
Me and my friends took the tour and totally enjoyed it. Lena was our guide and was just as sweet as she could be. She was very attentive and really explained things well. It was my buddy's birthday during the tour and Lena really made sure it was celebrated well. I highly recommend this easy going style tour. We walked for about a half mile in total at a very relaxing pace. There was 6 people including the tour guide in our group. Very nice experience.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Latin Quarter is a must for all first-time visitors to Paris, especially literary buffs.

  • The area is known for its beautiful churches; Saint-Séverin and Saint-Étienne-du-Mont are both worth a visit.

  • See another side of Latin Quarter life when you venture to the Grand Mosquée de Paris. Its café serves delicious fresh mint tea.

  • Numerous cafés, restaurants, bars, and clubs abound for all your dining and nightlife needs.

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How to Get There

There is some debate over the exact boundaries of the neighborhood. Roughly, the Latin Quarter is bounded by Boulevard Saint-Michel to the west, Boulevard du Port-Royal and Boulevard Saint-Marcel to the south and east, and the Seine to the north. The area is served by numerous Métro lines and buses; Saint-Michel station is a good starting point.

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When to Get There

No matter the time of year, the Latin Quarter is teeming with a buzzing mix of students, locals, and visitors. As with the rest of Paris, it is at its quietest in August. The area is still host to impassioned demonstrations and protests; keep up-to-date with the news if you wish to avoid large crowds. May Day (May 1st) is a particularly popular time for such events.

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Best Neighborhood Eats

Ignore the quarter’s chain eateries and tourist traps. For a delicious, casual meal and an authentically Parisian experience, head to Rue Mouffetard. Its open-air street market is home to cheese vendors, bakers, fruit sellers, and other purveyors of marvelously tempting treats.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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