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The Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter represents the essence of intellectual Paris, a place to unwind amidst the rarefied atmosphere of the 5th and 6th arrondissements.

TravelCurious Tip

Try shopping as the Parisians do along Rue Mouffetard for some of the best selections of cheeses, fresh breads, and charcuterie.

Bohemian like you

The area gets its name from the Latin language, which was once widely spoken in and around the University. The district is known for its intellectual atmosphere; students fill every café and it’s common to walk down the street and overhear a snippet of Camus, Sartre or Beckett.

The Latin Quarter is bisected by the Boulevard St. Germain and the Boulevard St. Michel. Hundreds of crooked alleys lead off them full of bistros and restaurants. You could wander through here for hours going from café to café, but the Cluny Museum on Boulevard St. Michel is also well worth visiting.


Medieval feel

Set inside ancient Roman baths, the Cluny displays artifacts and artwork from Medieval Europe - it is an underrated destination, often less visited than the other museums. Inside you will find the original heads knocked from the statues at Notre Dame Cathedral, stained glass, jewellery, early paintings, stonework, and even a medieval garden.

There are good used bookstores and art stalls to browse through on Boulevard St. Michel. The Sorbonne, just a few blocks away, is worth a little detour, or stop at the pleasant Place de la Sorbonne square.

West of the Boulevard St. Michel are the Luxembourg Gardens, perhaps the most beautiful green area of Paris. At the north end stands the Palais du Luxembourg, built in the 17th century for Marie de Médicis, mother of King Louis XIII of France. Today, this is where Parisians sit and read the paper around the fountain, watching their children sail toy boats.

Nearby Attractions

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La Sorbonne
Founded in 1253 to give impoverished students the opportunity to study theology, this is one of the world's most famous universities.
Place St-Michel Fountain
One of the city's most well-known meeting places, the statue depicts the archangel Michael vanquishing the Devil.
Shakespeare and Co Bookshop
A legendary meeting place and boarding-house for many aspiring writers. Stocks everything from Shakespeare to Joyce.
Rue du Chat qui Peche
Considered the narrowest street in Paris with only 1.80mts wide for the whole of its 29mts.
Thermes de Cluny
Gallo-Roman thermal bath's ruins lying in the heart of Paris' 5th arrondissement.
Church of Saint Severin
It is one of the oldest churches that remains standing on the Left Bank of the Latin Quarter, and it continues in use as a place of worship.

Related Tours

Paris Je T'aime: A Half Day Highlights Tour
During this fabulous four-hour walking tour of Paris, you will explore the most interesting and diverse central neighbourhoods the French capital has to offer. See the sights at your own pace and adapt your tour with your guide who will be happy to offer suggestions based on your preferences. 

  • Visit the historical heart of Paris,  Île de la Cité.
  • See the Sainte-Chappelle chapel and the former Paris prison, the Conciergerie.
  • Pay a visit to the symbolic Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.
  • Explore the wonderful haunts of the Latin Quarter, just a short walk away.
  • Learn about Paris' home of intellectual thought and see where the May '68 revolution unfolded.
  • Visit the Tuileries Gardens,  the Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysées.
  • End your walking tour at the stunning Pont Alexander III bridge.

Medieval Paris

One of the two remaining natural islands in the Seine, the Île de la Cité, is considered the historic heart of Paris. The medieval city of Paris was refounded here with magnificent Sainte-Chapelle and the former prison, the Conciergerie. While on Île de la Cité, you will have time to walk around the hauntingly beautiful Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.

The Latin Quarter along the Left Bank was so named because, until the French Revolution, university students in the area spoke only Latin to their professors. You will visit this famed neighbourhood to immerse yourself in the Parisian atmosphere of yesteryear, whilst exploring the medieval streets and meandering through fantastic shops like Shakespeare and Company bookstore, Place Saint-Michel, and its gorgeous fountain.

City of Revolution 

As the tour continues, you will learn little known facts about the French Revolution. You will be exploring the beautiful Tuileries Gardens and the Place de la Concorde, the site at which Louis XVI was beheaded during the French Revolution. Whilst here do not forget to look out for the magnificent Champs-Elysées, the most famous shopping avenue in the world. Lastly, you will stop off at the Pont Alexander III, the most beautiful bridge in Paris, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower and beyond to the majestic Seine. J’aime Paris.
The Latin Quarter: Parisian Authors & Thinkers
The Latin Quarter is one of Paris' most quirky and interesting neighbourhoods. It is an ambient juxtaposition of medieval backstreets, churches and grand Haussmman-style boulevards, which were built in the 19th century as part of Paris’ modernisation, the area takes its name from medieval times when the majority of local residents were clergy or students who spoke Latin. 

  • Spend 2.5 hours with an expert local guide
  • Experience the artistic haunts of Sartre, Hemingway, and Camus
  • Get off the beaten track at Paris’ best-hidden squares and parks
  • Walk Paris' narrowest street and see the city's oldest church
  • See the famed Paris Panthéon and one of the most beautiful parks in the world - the Luxembourg Gardens
The Latin Quarter was the scene of the student uprising in May ’68, even though its medieval facade strikes a strong contrast to its liberal, intellectual and artistic side. On Boulevard St-Michel and Boulevard St Germain, you will find many cafes where the likes of Camus, Orwell, and Hemingway passed hours discussing philosophy and literature. The area is also rich with interesting book shops, most notably the Shakespeare and Company - a legendary meeting place and boarding house for many aspiring writers.

Your tour guide will direct you through the neighbourhood’s best cultural haunts: experience the wonders of medieval backstreets that are adorned with theatres and jazz clubs, unchanged since their post-war beginnings, and see the narrowest street in Paris. Visit the city’s oldest church in St Julien le Pauvre and see one of the most famous academic institutions in the world - La Sorbonne. 

Next stop off at the Panthéon, a mausoleum where many distinguished French figures such as Voltaire, Braille, and Rousseau were laid to rest. Then wander through the grounds of the stunning Luxembourg Gardens and Palace, the perfect place to people watch, enjoy nature, and feel like a true Parisian.
Private Paris: Île de la Cité, Latin Quarter and River Cruise
This tour acts as the perfect introduction to Paris' history, culture and two of its most famous neighbourhoods.

  • Begin by learning the history of the iconic Notre Dame.
  • See Paris in all its wonderful different forms: from medieval  Île de la Cité to the vibrant, artsy hub of the Latin Quarter.
  • Enjoy a one hour panoramic River Cruise on the Seine, with great views of the Louvre and Eiffel Tower
Begin the walking portion of your tour at the famous Île de la Cité, once known as Lutetia, is the oldest settlement in Paris, and boasts more than its fair share of Paris sights such as the Pont Neuf, the Palais de Justice and Notre Dame cathedral of course. 

After exploring the island, walk over the famous ‘love locks bridge’ into the Latin Quarter. Pay visits to historical bookshops, once frequented by the likes of Hemingway and Orwell, and explore an area that is renowned for being the starting point of the May 68' Revolution as well as the home of French intellectual thought.

Next, take in the amazing sights on a cruise down the Seine to the Eiffel Tower. Along the cruise, you will see the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and the Eiffel Tower to name just a few sights! Your one hour cruise ends back in centrally located Paris, on Île de la Cité.

Please note that this tour is composed of a 2-hour private walking tour followed by a 1-hour river cruise with onboard commentary. Your tour guide will not accompany you on the cruise. You can choose to take the cruise at the end of the tour or later during your stay. The river cruise arrives at the foot of the Eiffel Tower but does not allow passengers to disembark at the Eiffel Tower. You will start and end your cruise in Central Paris.
Paris by Night: Seine Cruise and Private Walking Tour
Experience the majesty of the City of Lights with an evening walk through Paris' most romantic and scenic areas –medieval Île de la Cité and the Latin Quarter. Take a relaxing cruise ride along the Seine with fine photo opportunities to crop up on the way!

  • Experience the wonders of Paris at night with your own private local guide.
  • Visit the city's most beautiful and romantic neighbourhoods.
  • See Paris in all its wonderful different guises: from medieval  Île de la Cité to the vibrant, artsy hub of the Latin Quarter.
  • Travel down the Seine by river cruise and see the Eiffel Tower from the river at night.
  • Your River cruise tickets can be used after this tour or any other evening during your stay!

You will begin your walking tour on Île de la Cité where you find the famous Notre Dame, the perfect gothic attraction for a visit late in the day. 

Then pass over the famous ‘love locks bridge’ and explore the vibrant Latin Quarter. Pay visits to a late-night bookshop, once frequented by the likes of Hemingway and Orwell, and explore a buzzing area that is renowned for being the starting point of the May 68' Revolution as well as the home of French intellectual thought.  Plenty of quirky bars, jazz clubs and cool backstreets to explore in the moonlight!

End your tour on the Pont Neuf and board a cruise that will whisk you along the Seine, with all of its scenic points of interest on display, including the Eiffel Tower light up in the night!

Please note that this tour is composed of a 2 hour private walking tour followed by a 1 hour river cruise with on board commentary. Your tour guide will not accompany you on the cruise. You can choose to take the cruise at the end of the tour or later during your stay. Please note that the river cruise arrives at the foot of the Eiffel Tower but does not allow passengers to disembark at the Eiffel Tower. You will start and end your cruise in Central Paris.
Wine Tasting Tour in Paris
  • Taste 6 different wines and grape varieties.
  • Learn how to pair different wine and food.
  • Discover the traditions and particularities that make each region’s wine so distinctive.
  • Learn how to make sense of French labels.
  • Learn the different wine tasting techniques - impress your friends and family with your sophistication!


No visit to Paris would be complete without indulging in a glass of fine French wine, with a creamy, mouth-watering camembert on the side, of course. Why not go one step further and visit the finest Parisian wine bars in the chic Latin Quarter with your very own local wine expert guide? You will be given a lesson in wine as you soak up the buzzing, relaxing atmosphere of Pars’ best wine establishments. Learn about wine and food pairings and indulge in some fine cheeses, artisan bread and meats. From Sancerre, Bordeaux, Côte du Rhone and Chablis, you will have significantly cultivated your palate by the end of the tour. At the same time, you will also be able to learn about the fascinating history of the local area as you amble from wine bar to the next with your own expert wine guide. When in Paris, do it the French way - santé!

Please note: this tour is not suitable for children. However, if you are a family, please do get in contact and we will arrange a tasting with juice and non-alcoholic refreshments for the children.

Travel Curious Tip: Le Manchego is always a safe option for those being introduced to cheese tasting.

We created this tour because 
one cannot fully experience with Paris without indulging in French wine and culinary traditions. 
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