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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
$38.27 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The meeting point waa...
The meeting point waa easy enough to find. The ride was enjoyable. Arturio story telling was entertaining. He was very patient always ensuring all his guests manage to catch up especially when there are traffic lights or when crossing roads. The bike route was alo verye interesting. Get to experience the beautiful french street cafes. Had fun. Thank you very much
Elisha_L, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

star-5
Great family tour
Simon_R, Aug 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
A wonderful bike tour, great knowledgeable guide, well considered route, well paced. Definitely recommended.
star-5
Really fun - the teenage kids loved it !
Ali_C, Jul 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
Seeing the areas of Paris we wouldn’t normally see. The Vosges, the Jewish Quarter, Shakespeares book shop.
star-5
Great way to see Paris!
Richard_K, Jul 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
Fun and informative ride around a couple of Paris neighborhoods. The guide was excellent and we had a nice meal break at about the halfway point. Great time!
star-5
Wonderful tour with Francois
Wendy_M, Jul 2022
Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
Francois was our tour guide and he was wonderful!! He was funny and very knowledgeable! He was able to answer our questions with a lot of detail. Greatly recommend this tour!
star-4
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
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
Favorite Paris Activity
Elizabeth_S, Jul 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
Wonderful experience! Thank you, Ben! By far our favorite activity in Paris! Easy ride, even with kids and out-of-shape adults. Felt entirely safe at all times on the busy Paris streets and learned a lot. Again, five days in Paris - this was the highlight. Just book it!
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
Enjoy True Secrets of Paris!
Kelly_M, Jul 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
100% recommend this tour. You will see places in Paris you would probably never see on your own, get really interesting history about the city and enjoy a lovely bike ride through some beautiful neighborhoods. Our tour guide Arthur was awesome!
star-5
A must do!
Margarita_D, May 2022
Latin Quarter Paris Private Guided Walking Tour
Francois was the best! Super fun filled with history and humor! A must do when your in town. Thank you!
star-5
Awesome!
NonaLee_M, Mar 2022
Latin Quarter Paris Private Guided Walking 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
Good intro tour
SunilAcharya, Jul 2022
Paris Bike Tour Hidden Secrets in the Latin Quarter & Le Marais neighborhoods
Thibaud gave a great for tour. Bicycles were good. Nice pace. Great tour for intro to Paris. Good format and fairly safe.
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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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