Quartier Latin

Quartier Latin can't go wrong—the neighborhood provides early-morning entertainment, afternoon diversion, and late-night revelry.

Quartier Latin’s winding streets and warmly lit cafes inspire plein-air impressionism and late-night revelry. Revered for its bohemian beginnings, the neighborhood is frequented by students, thinkers, and travelers in the mood for ethnic eateries, challenging discourse, and cool nightlife. Second hand bookstores and first-rate dive bars snuggle together, often serving as platforms for feverish academic dialogues. Quartier Latin’s unassumingly hip demeanor permeates its surroundings, but the regality of Notre Dame is just a neighborhood away.

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On the Map

Quartier Latin is within V Arrondissement and bordered by Notre Dame - Ile de La Cité, Saint-Paul - Ile Saint-Louis, Saint-Michel, Austerlitz, Gare de Lyon, IV Arrondissement, and Port-Royal

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Charles-De-Gaulle Airport: 40 min by subway
Orly Airport: 30 min by subway
Châtelet-Les-Halles: 15 min by subway
Eiffel Tower: 15 min by subway

A Monumental Neighborhood Filled With Young Scholars

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Although Paris' Panthéon is a monumental mausoleum, most Quartier Latin residents consider it important for another reason–it's an obvious landmark to use as a meeting point.

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Surrounded by universities and heralded for its scholarly origins, Quartier Latin is crowded with students.

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La Sorbonne is one of Europe's earliest established universities.

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[Quartier Latin] is the cultural cradle of the capital. You will be surrounded by large schools such as the Sorbonne or Henri IV, but also large green areas such as the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Jardin des Plantes."

Paris' Favorite Pedestrian Spaces

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Rue Mouffetard is one of the most beloved pedestrian streets in Paris. For a true Parisian experience, don't miss its Sunday market. The smell of roasted chicken on a rainy day has no comparison.

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Record shops, bookstores, wine purveyors, boulangeries, bakeries, and bikes.

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Wander the streets of Quartier Latin and immerse yourself in the neighborhood's vibrant culture.

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Perfect location, especially for first-timers to the city. We were able to walk practically everywhere."

Laura

Visited in 2013

From Markets to Monuments

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Several historical monuments stand on this side of the Seine: The Middle-Age Museum, Saint-Séverin church, and Saint-Julien-Le-Pauvre church can all be found in Quartier Latin.

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Quartier Latin's still-standing stone churches, soaring columns, and stained glass windows are striking testaments to old-world craftsmanship.

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Quartier Latin has its own Metro stop, so it's easy to get into and out of this lively neighborhood.

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Cross the bridge at Saint Michel to get to Notre Dame Cathedral.

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The area has an amazing history, and it is also the oldest part of the city. Romans settled down their agora on top of this hill called "Montagne Sainte Geneviève." Most recently, the Latin Quarter has been the 'it' location chosen by Woody Allen to shoot scenes from his movie "Midnight in Paris.""

Alternative Sightseeing

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Venture to places many miss when in Quartier Latin. Middle Eastern influences are visible in every part of the neighborhood.

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Visit the Paris Mosque, pour a cup of mint tea, or enjoy a shared bathing experience at the hammam.

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The Jardin des Plantes is France's premier botanical garden.

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Walk upright to the Gallery of Evolution, an impressive exhibition space that traces the origins of man.

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Visit the tropical greenhouse.

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Check out the zoo.

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Take a break at Arènes de Lutèce, a collection of the city's most important remains from the Gallo-Roman era in Paris.

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All the major sites are at walking distance and there are lots of great places to eat and drink around."

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Visited in 2013

Eclectic Cuisine In Saint Michel

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Squeeze your way through the narrow streets of Saint Michel and you're sure to find something to please your palate.

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... [There is a] great number of restaurants [in this neighborhood] : from the Michelin starred La Tour d'Argent to casual French typical bistro. International cuisine is available too: Mexican street food, crepes, Moroccan couscous or Argentinean steakhouse."

Quartier Latin's Dive Bars

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Cheap drinks and long nights define Quartier Latin's after-dark atmosphere.

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You'll also find a crowd-favorite cabaret.

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Pull up a chair.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Marc Olivier Le Blanc specializes in commercial and editorial portrait photography. Although he's currently based in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, he returned to his native France to shoot Paris for this project through a traveler's eye. He always strives to turn both the ordinary and the unusual into something extraordinary.

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Rachael Woodson is an American photographer based in Paris. She studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and ENSBA in Paris. Her work explores realms of psychology and family. She also photographs for clients including Airbnb, Rolling Stone, and Nylon. Rachael had an amazing time photographing the diverse neighborhoods and people of Paris for this project.

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