The Latin Quarter

In the 5th arrondissement, on the left bank of the Seine, the Latin Quarter is known as an intellectual district, but also one of the most dynamic in the capital.

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The Parc Saint Séverin Hotel is the ideal starting point to visit the many sights in the neighbourhood: the Saint Michel fountain, the Panthéon, Saint Sévérin Church, the finest Flamboyant Gothic church in Paris, etc.

 

An intellectual district

At the historic heart of the Roman city of Lutetia, in the 5th arrondissement, the name of the "Latin Quarter" dates from the Middle Ages, when students came to study the most prestigious language of the time, LatinThe learned atmosphere of the left bank can still be found in many places in the area, such as the Sorbonne, associated for many with May 1968, and one of the biggest universities in the world. Nearby is also the Collège de France, known for the high quality of its lessons, as well as famous schools such as Henri-IV, Saint Louis or Louis-le-Grand, and also Sainte-Geneviève Library. Several bookshops such as the celebrated Shakespeare and Company can be found here, evoking knowledge past and present, like the bookshop cafés and the many publishing houses nearby.
 

Life in the district

The streets in the Latin Quarter are always full of life. Close by the Parc Saint Séverin Hotel are a whole host of cafés and restaurants, as well as such famous venues as Le Paradis Latin, the Théâtre de l’Odéon and the Caveau de la Huchette, where jazz fans get together to dance and enjoy evening concerts. Rue Mouffetard is famous for its lively atmosphere, with a daily market, cafés and small local shops. And if you want to enjoy some green spaces, then the Luxembourg Garden is the ideal place for a stroll.

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Le Bar à huîtres
"This Grand Cru seafood restaurant also serves takeaway dishes to enjoy, for example, on the banks of the Seine or on a terrace in your hotel."
33, rue Saint Jacques, 75005 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 07 27 37
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Shakespeare and company
"This quirky, mythical bookshop is a real temple to literature. Readers of English in Paris will love browsing the eclectic selection of books and poetry."
37 rue de la Bûcherie – 75005 PARIS
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 25 40 93‎
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