33 hotels in Paris’ Latin Quarter. Where to Stay and What to Do
Known as the “Latin Quarter” (le quartier Latin) because the first great Parisian university, the Sorbonne, was founded (and can be still be found) here and Latin was the language the medieval period students used to speak.
Recommended Hotels in the Latin Quarter
4*Hotel Mercure Paris La Sorbonne, 14, rue de la Sorbonne. In the centre of Paris between the 5th and the 6th, in front of the Sorbonne, and one block from the Latin quarter and Saint Germain des Prés. Notre Dame is five minutes walking distance from the hotel. Fully renovated in a contemporary style, this hotel is very quiet and charming.Find out more
4* Villa Pantheon. 41 Rue Des Ecoles. Known for its friendly hospitality and new kind of luxury, the Pantheon Villa Paris is a very good accommodation choice for the Latin Quarter. Superior rooms, decorated in a very chic English style, offer a double bed with air conditioning, satellite, Pay TV, Wifi on demand, air conditioning, mini bar and safe.Find out more
3* Hotel Parc Saint Severin, 22 rue de la Parcheminerie. This hotel is located in a pedestrian street away from the noise and only one minute from the heart of the Latin Quarter and its lively restaurants and is only few steps away from the river Seine and Theatre de la Huchette. It also has the Pantheon, Luxembourg Palace and gardens, Fountain Saint-Michel, Sorbonne, Museum of Cluny and Le Petit Palais nearbyFind out more
Panthéon, Place du Panthéon (‘Métro Cardinal Lemoine), ☎ +33 1 43 54 34 51. Daily 10AM to 8PM. Originally conceived by Louis XV as a grand neo-Classical church honoring St. Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris. After the Revolution, the building was converted into a mausoleum for the great philosophers, military, artists, scientists and heroes of the French Republic. Occupants of the crypt include Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Zola, the Curies and, most recently, Alexandre Dumas (reinterred here in 2002). The view from the dome (206 steps) is marvelous, check tour departure time at the information desk. A fascinating reconstruction of Foucault’s Pendulum also hangs within the Panthéon. 7.5€ (”4.50 € reduced rate, museum card accepted, free for EU-people under 26 years”)
Jardin des Plantes, (Métro: Jussieu, Gare d’Austerlitz, Censier Daubenton). The Paris Botanical Garden, founded as the royal medicinal garden in 1626 by King Louis XIII’s doctor, contains over 10,000 species. The grounds also include a small zoo known as La Ménagerie, and the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, which includes the recently renovated Grande Galerie de l’Evolution (where you can see thousands of naturalized animals from all over the world) and the ‘Galerie de paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée’ (same thing but with skeletons).
Arenes de Lutece, 47 rue Monge et rue de Navarre (Métro: Place Monge, Jussieu, Cardinal Lemoine). open 8AM – 5.30PM (winter), 8AM – 10PM (summer). An ancient Roman theater, the only surviving above-ground ruins of the Gallo-Roman era in Paris (ancient Lutetia, French Lutèce) apart the nearby Thermes de Cluny. The theater could hold approximately 15,000 spectators and measures some 132 m x 100 m. Built sometime in the 2nd century AD, the location of the actor’s dressing room, the platform of the stage and lapidary remains can still be seen. The remains were rediscovered in 1869, when new streets were being built – an excavation was subsequently ordered in 1883. The theater has been preserved as a quiet archaeological park removed from the bustle of Parisian streets entry free.
Museums and Galleries
Musée du Moyen Age, 6 place Paul Painlevé (Métro Cluny), +33 1 53 73 78 16, . Open daily 9:15AM to 5:15PM. Housed in a 15th century abbey, alongside 1st century Gallo-Roman baths, the museum has an extensive collection of medieval art and artifacts. Highlights include the medieval “Lady and the Unicorn” tapestries, a papal golden rose and the original heads from the facade of Notre Dame. 7.5€ (5.5€ reduced rate, free under 18, museum card accepted)
Musée de l’Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 rue des Fossés-St Bernard, +33 1 40 51 38 38, . open Tue – Sun 10AM – 6PM closed Mondays and 1 May. The building has a freely accessible rooftop which allows for a beautiful bird’s-eye view of the northern half of Paris.
Musée Curie, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie (Métro: Cardinal Lemoine (ligne 10), Place Monge (ligne 7), RER-B: Luxembourg), +33 1 42 34 67 49. open Mon-Fri 1.30PM – 5PM except bank holidays and during August. This charming scientific museum preserves the offices and laboratories of Pierre and Marie Curie, pioneers in the discovery of radioactivity, their instruments, equipment and furniture arranged as it was during their critically important research. Guided tours in English available. free
Where to Eat
Le Grenier de Notre Dame, 18 rue de la Bûcherie (Métro: St. Michel), ☎ +33 1 43 29 98 29. A vegetarian restaurant with a great selection including a number of vegan items, the Grenier is, as the name suggests, just around the corner from the cathedral. The English-speaking staff is super friendly. Dinner ”menus” start at 12 €.
Jardin des Pâtes, 4 rue Lacépède (Métro: Monge), ☎ +33 1 43 31 50 71. Open every day from noon to 2:30PM and 7PM to 11PM.. The range of pastadishes is just fantastic at this cute little restaurant tucked away near the Jardin des Plantes. Although some meat dishes are served there is a huge range of choice for vegetarians as well. Menus around 12€.
Ambiance De L’Inde, 12 Rue Thouin, ☎ +33 1 40 46 03 76 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Daily. Indian/Pakistani with many vegan dishes.
Le Volcan, 10, rue Thouin (Near to rue Descartes), ☎ +33 1 46 33 38 33. Tuesday-Sunday 12PM-11PM. Serves delicious traditional French dishes in a welcoming environment. Excellent service. The set meals are very varied and represent superb value. 25€ per person without wine.
Chez Ernest, 31, rue de la parcheminerie (Métro Cluny-Sorbonne). Very nice little restaurant in a small side-street. Typical and less typical French food. Complete dinner, including beverages, for €25.
Les cinq saveurs d’Anada, 72 rue du cardinal Lemoine, ☎ +33 1 43 29 58 54. Macrobiotic and vegetarian specialties, cooked mainly in the French tradition but with some fun additions from around the world. Lunch menu:€12 or €16; dinner plates for €14-€15.
Kootchi, 40, Rue du Cardinal Lemoine (metro: Cardinal Lemoine), ☎ 01 44 07 20 56. Mon-Sat: 12pm-2:30pm, 7pm-10:30pm. Afghan cuisine, small and cosy, food is not too spicy, good value for money.Lunch menu: €9.20 or €12.20, dinner menu €15.50.
Le Petit Prince de Paris, 12, rue de Lanneau (close to Pantheon), ☎ +33 1 43 54 77 26. Open every evening from 7:30PM to midnight (to 12:30AM Fri and Sat). A notably Parisian restaurant experience, but with friendly and warm service. Traditional French food (try the duck with feathers) and deliciously complicated sauces. Relaxed and uncrowded, but reserve in the morning for a weekend night. Reasonable wine selection. Set menu (starter+main) 16€-23€; extra 6€ for dessert.
Le Petit Pontoise, 9, rue de Pontoise – 75005 (Parallel with the separation of lle de la cite and lle de la Saint-Louis), ☎ 01 43 29 25 20. Open lunch and dinner. Nice restaurant with a homely feel, on a quiet street. Popular enough to have an ‘also’ section next door. Expatriate Americans mingle with native Parisians, and a few tourists. The food is of the local French standard (i.e. high) but does included vegetables, which many other non-tourist restaurants do not. The balance and spicing of the sauces is the main draw. The pig’s cheeks stew is notably delicious – and one of the cheaper items to boot!Main courses for 18-28 euro, starters and desserts 7-11 euro, wine 20 euro/bottle up
La Tour d’Argent, 15-17 quai de la Tournelle (Métro: Cardinal Lemoine or St Paul), +33 1 43 54 23 31. For fat wallets La Tour d’Argent is a must-see. One of the oldest restaurants in Paris, located along the Seine, it is famous for its duck recipes.