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5th Arrondissement, Paris

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Located on the left bank of the Seine, 5th Arrondissement is one of the oldest districts in Paris, dating back to the Gallo-Roman era. Traces of the area's ancient past are evident in several archaeological remains, such as Roman baths and amphitheaters. Since the medieval times, the district has been known for its Quartier Latin--the area around Sorbonne dominated by higher education institutions. Bookworms should visit Shakespeare and Co., one of the more iconic bookstores in the city. Other interesting sites include Pantheon, Grande Mosquee of Paris, and a museum dedicated to Pierre and Marie Curie. A visit to 5th Arrondissement represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Paris tour planner to plot your vacation.
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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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  • Home of many schools and university campus buildings, student cafes and restaurants, book stores. But also a fairly wealthy area with nice apartment buildings. Old historic streets, the Jardin des Pla...  more »
  • The 5th Arrondissement is known as the Latin Quarter. This is a beautiful part of the city with many historically significant buildings and also the educational centre of Paris. The 5th Arrondissement...  more »
  • The 5th Arrondissement or Latin Quarter has been my preferred neighborhood since 2007. Yes, I have stayed in different areas throughout Paris even since 2007, but for me it home. Why, you might ask? F...  more »