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Latin Quarter, Paris

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The Latin Quarter of Paris (French: Quartier latin, IPA: [kaʁtje latɛ̃]) is an area in the 5th and the 6th arrondissements of Paris. It is situated on the left bank of the Seine, around the Sorbonne. Known for its student life, lively atmosphere and bistros, the Latin Quarter is the home to a number of higher education establishments besides the university itself, such as the École Normale Supérieure, the École des Mines de Paris, Panthéon-Assas University, the Schola Cantorum, and the Jussieu university campus. Other establishments such as the École Polytechnique have relocated in recent times to more spacious settings. Take a look at our Paris vacation trip planner to schedule your visit to Latin Quarter and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • All cobblestone roads, lots of little eateries, tons of little hidden shops. We stopped at a little shop for macroons and coffee. Very small but the lady who owns the shop was super friendly and spoke...  more »
  • Site of the Sorbonne University with sources, bars and coffee. In this area also has museums and it is nice to get some of the academic environment.
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  • If you want to eat well without spending a lot and still try some dishes from the French cuisine, go to the right place.
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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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