Quartier Latin Tours

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Paris’ Quartier Latin is a popular, historical area of the Left Bank. Home to the main Sorbonne campus, this dynamic, student-filled neighborhood was once frequented by Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and other revolutionaries. Today it’s distinguished for its buzzing cafés, lively restaurants, and must-see landmarks.

The Basics
One of the oldest districts in Paris and home to ancient Roman ruins, the Quartier Latin 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 Quartier Latin 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.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Quartier Latin 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 Quartier Latin 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.

How to Get There
There is some debate over the exact boundaries of the neighborhood. Roughly, the Quartier Latin 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.

When to Get There
No matter the time of year, the Quartier Latin 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.

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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2-Day Paris Package Including City Tour, Louvre Tour and Seine River Cruise

Pack the highlights of Paris into two days with this package that offers only the best of France’s capital city. Get priority access at the Louvre Museum, and go on a Seine River cruise that you won't soon forget. Choose between a private city tour by vehicle or electric bike, and then explore Montmartre with your own personal guide. Lastly, head over to Île de la Cité to sample local wine and cheese before your 2-day journey comes to an end.
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Paris Walking Tour: Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Latin Quarter, including Charcuterie Tasting and Pétanque

Stroll through Paris’ Bohemian past with this guided walking tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. Explore these neighborhoods known as havens for the city’s intellectuals and artists, and stop in at a local café to enjoy a savory charcuterie platter. Visit the oldest park in Paris and try your hand at the beloved French ballgame pétanque. See the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral and browse the shelves at the city’s first English bookstore. Numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized small-group experience.
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Paris Evening Cooking Class Including 4-Course Dinner and Optional Market Visit

Discover the art of fine French cuisine with a small-group cooking class and gourmet meal in Paris. Learn about the traditions and flavors that have made French food famous the world over, and help prepare an authentic, 4-course meal under the guidance of a local chef. When the cooking’s done, join your new friends around a cozy table to enjoy the delicious home-cooked meal paired with a selection of French wine. Opt for a longer, 6-hour experience to start the evening with a shopping trip at a local market.
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Semi-Private Guided Walking Tour: Latin Quarter Including Notre-Dame Interior

Visit the the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Latin Quarter with a local guide on a 2.5-hour, small-group walking tour that explores one of Paris’ oldest and most atmospheric neighborhoods. Trace Parisian history from ancient Roman ruins to the romance of the ‘Lost Generation,’ while following cobblestone streets past some of the city’s key landmarks.
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Hidden Paris Secrets Bike Tour

Escape the tourist trail and discover Paris like a local on this 4-hour small-group bike tour. Get off-the-beaten-track and explore Paris’ vibrant neighborhoods as you pedal around the maze-like Latin Quarter and see the Jewish quarter of Le Marais. Make the most of your local guide as you see the City of Lights from a new perspective and get a taste of the real Paris, away from the tourist crowds.
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Private Guided Walking Tour: Latin Quarter Including Notre-Dame Interior

Known as the famous Left Bank gathering place of artists and intellectuals, Paris’ Latin Quarter buzzes with the rich legacy of luminaries like Hemingway, Descartes and Dalí. Explore its bohemian past and hidden corners on a private, 2-hour walking tour led by a local guide. Trace the area’s history beginning with medieval times, and stroll past highlights like the Sorbonne, Pantheon, Shakespeare & Co. bookstore and shooting locations from Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris.’
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Paris Latin Quarter Night Walking Tour

Uncover Paris’ complex and colorful history on a 2-hour walking tour of the exquisite Left Bank. With an expert guide, learn about the events and characters that have touched this famous neighborhood. Pass centuries-old universities, sprawling cemeteries and iconic sites like Notre Dame Cathedral and the Cluny Museum. From the Pantheon to the immaculate Luxembourg Gardens, you’ll discover how people, art and cultural revolution has shaped the City of Light.
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Paris Walking Tour: Movie and TV Show Locations

See Paris through the lens of a film director on this 2-hour walking tour of recognizable movie and TV filming locations throughout the city. See the streets, monuments and shops immortalized in films like ‘Midnight in Paris,’ ‘Before Sunset,’ ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ and ‘Marie Antoinette.’ Get the inside scoop from your local film buff guide while strolling between locations in the vibrant Latin Quarter, on the Ile de la Cité and along the riverbanks of the Seine.
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Literary Paris: Private Book Lovers' Tour

Flip through the pages of Paris' literary lore on this private, 3-hour walking tour that takes you to the famous former haunts of intellectual celebrities like Balzac, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Picasso. Follow in the footsteps of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway as you stroll through the Latin Quarter with a guide, see where Oscar Wilde died, and pass some of the city's most iconic literary cafés in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. Drink up the modern Parisian café scene with an included coffee break, and browse the stacks at the legendary Shakespeare and Company bookstore.
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Bohemian Paris: Latin Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the heart of bohemian Paris on a walking tour of the Latin Quarter—one of the oldest parts of the city and a historic hotbed of intellectual and artistic inspiration. See the homes and former haunts of artists who were inspired by the area’s Left Bank romance, including Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Salvador Dalí. During the relaxed stroll, you'll see highlights including the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pantheon, and Sorbonne University while a guide shares tales from the long and luminous history of this classic Paris neighborhood.
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Latin Quarter 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

The Latin Quarter is the heart of Paris’s historic Left Bank and one of city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods. Explore the cobblestone lanes and lively squares on this private 2-hour walking tour, hear all about its bohemian past, and discover the district’s coolest shops, cafés, and jazz clubs.
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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Dinner Cruise

Ensure a memorable night out in Paris with a gourmet dinner cruise along the Seine River. Float past the city’s famed monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral aboard a luxury Bateaux Parisiens riverboat. Soak up the magic of Paris from an onboard dining room while enjoying a gourmet 3-course meal. Please note that Champagne and live music are also included on select 8:30pm departures.
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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Lunch Cruise with Live Music

Glide down the River Seine while enjoying a gourmet 3-course lunch aboard a Bateaux Parisiens river cruise. Soak up views of riverside attractions like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and Musée d'Orsay as you dine on seasonal selections from an à la carte menu, accompanied by wine. Enjoy live entertainment and a welcome glass of Champagne for a bubbly beginning to the 2-hour experience.
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Bateaux Parisiens New Year's Eve Seine River Cruise with 6-Course Gourmet Dinner and Live Music

Ring in the New Year in grand style aboard a Bateaux Parisiens riverboat cruise on the Seine. Sip Champagne while gliding past the UNESCO-listed riverbanks and illuminated monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre-Dame. While live entertainment creates a festive atmosphere, take a seat beneath panoramic glass windows to enjoy a gourmet 6-course dinner of French cuisine paired with wine.
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Paradis Latin Paris Dinner and Show

Absorb the electric atmosphere of a Parisian cabaret during a spellbinding performance at the Paradise Latin in Paris. Head to the French capital’s vibrant Latin quarter for an evening of dinner, champagne and dancing; select from an enticing array of gourmet menus; and sip champagne (if selected) as you watch a talented troupe of showgirls deliver a spellbinding performance at the oldest French cabaret venue in the world. Book early to avoid missing out on this sell-out show.
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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Christmas Cruise with 5-Course Dinner or Lunch

Spend a celebratory Christmas Eve or Christmas day gliding down the River Seine on an elegant Bateaux Parisiens dining cruise. Toast to your friends and loved ones with a glass of Champagne while admiring waterside views of the UNESCO-listed riverbanks and landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and Musée d’Orsay. Take a seat in your chosen section for a gourmet, 5-course dinner accompanied by wine and live entertainment for a truly memorable holiday.
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Vintage Private Tour: Classic French Citroën Paris

Put a twist on the typical Paris sightseeing tour with a private drive around the city in a Citroën Traction—a classic French car. Inside the open-top vehicle with a retractable roof, you'll drive through neighborhoods like Montmartre and the Latin Quarter and pass by major sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, the Louvre, and the Moulin Rouge. Learn about the city from a guide as you go. Up to four people can fit in one car.
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Viator Exclusive Paradis Latin Cabaret VIP Seating, Dinner & Unlimited Champagne

Treat your senses to a lavish night out in Paris at the renowned Paradis Latin cabaret! With this Viator Exclusive, available nowhere else, you’ll receive the royal treatment at this iconic, Belle Époque-era nightclub. Skip straight to the front of the entrance line and enjoy premier seating near the stage, a gourmet 3-course dinner before the show, a commemorative photo and free-flowing wine and Champagne all night long. Sit back and be dazzled by the magnificent Parisian revue featuring talented dancers and acrobats, elaborate costumes and mesmerizing sets.
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Private Tour: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie

Discover Gothic architecture, medieval artefacts and centuries of heritage on this 3.5-hour art history walking tour of Paris. After a traditional Parisian snack of coffee and croissants by the Seine River, explore the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral with your guide. Visit the Sainte Chapelle on the Île de la Cité and admire the spectacular 13th-century stained glass windows in the nave. Finish your tour at the Conciergerie, once part of the Palais de la Cité. Your tour size is limited to eight to ensure a more personalized experience.
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Paris Cooking Class Including 3-Course Lunch, Wine and Optional Market Visit

Indulge in a true gourmet French experience: preparing, cooking, and enjoying your own 3-course meal. Choose between a 4.5- or 6-hour Paris culinary course (a 1.5-hour market visit is optional) then set out to learn the tricks and techniques of French cooking. An instructor will help you through the steps of creating an appetizer, main dish, and dessert. French wine is also included with your gourmet lunch.
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Paris Food Walking Tour: Gourmet French Food

Sample the culinary delights of Paris on a walking tour through one of the city’s charming historic neighborhoods. Follow your taste buds and your guide to a handful of Parisian cafés, patisseries and specialty stores to sample authentic French favorites like croissants, foie gras, artisan cheese and fresh-baked bread, while your guide shares with you the history of the neighborhood. You’ll discuss the tastings that you enjoy and how they are used in gourmet French cooking, and top it all off with a glass of excellent French wine. Numbers are limited to eight people for a personalized small-group experience.
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Paris Walking Tour: Jazz Evening with Dinner and Concert

Dive into the musical history of Paris' Jazz Age with a 3-hour walking tour that concludes with dinner and a jazz performance. Visit the iconic nightclubs, bars and neighborhoods of Les Halles, the Latin Quarter and St-Germain-des-Prés to see where Jazz Age artists spent their time. Stop at famous spots like Le Caveau de la Huchette and Les Deux Magots before ending with a 3-course dinner and concert of live jazz at Le Duc des Lombards. Group size is limited to 15 ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
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Paris Paradis Latin New Year's Eve Dinner and Show

Celebrate New Year's in style at the legendary Paradis Latin cabaret in Paris. Enjoy a gourmet 4-course dinner with Bordeaux wine in the elegant dining room, and take in a spectacular new revue featuring the Paradis Latin’s talented troupe of dancers decked out in bedazzling costumes. Toast at the stroke of midnight with French Champagne, and party on until the wee hours of the morning surrounded by the splendor of the historic nightclub.
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6-Hour Private Custom Tour of Paris

Marvel over medieval monuments and modern masterpieces on this private 6-hour of Paris. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around the Latin Quarter; admire icons like Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre; and pose for photos beneath the Eiffel Tower. Your itinerary is yours to customize as you please, so you could enjoy window-shopping along the Champs-Élysées, admire the grand architecture of Place de la Concorde or get off-the-beaten-track and seek out little-known sights.
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