View of The Pantheon in Latin Neighbourhood, 6th district of Paris. You can see the beautiful architecture of the monument including six columns and the dome.
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A neighbourhood guide to Paris’ Latin Quarter

March 17, 2022

The Pantheon and Cluny Museum draw visitors to the Latin Quarter in Paris’s fifth arrondissement, but those in the know prefer to get lost in its winding streets and soak up its bohemian vibe.

The prettiest church in Paris

The Latin Quarter’s name is derived from the 12th century, when students at The University of Paris – the precursor to Sorbonne University – spoke Latin here. The district is still popular with students, as well as visitors exploring its cobbled alleyways and historical buildings. Everybody knows the Pantheon but few know the prettiest church in Paris just behind it, which featured in Midnight in Paris. “Saint-Étienne-du-Mont is a real gem,” says Stéphane Langlois, a Secret Tours’ guide. “Although its exterior is appealing, inside there’s an intricate pulpit, breathtaking rood screen sculpted from stone and the second most beautiful organ in Paris after Notre-Dame’s.”

Place Sainte-Geneviève, 75005 Paris

Saint Etienne du Mont Chruch Paris France
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this is the Great Mosque of Paris. You can see a beautiful fountain in the middle of trees.

Grande Mosquée de Paris

Paris has been a magnet for people from different cultures for thousands of years, and today the Grande Mosquée de Paris welcomes visitors of all religions. Completed in 1926, its whitewashed walls are topped with green tiles – said to be Prophet Mohammed’s favourite colour – while the hidden courtyard features a fountain and arches draped in wisteria. It’s the perfect spot to escape the crowds and sip a glass of Moroccan tea. Former gallery owner Lisa Rankin, who’s a photographer, potter and Flavors of Paris guide, says, “The mosque is awesome. It has a hammam and a beautiful tea room.”

2 bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite, 75005 Paris

Pâtisserie masterclasses

 What could be more French than creating baguettes by hand with a local chef? Take part in a bespoke class at Le Foodist cookery school, where chocolate croissants, éclairs, French toast and macarons will all be on the menu. Fred Pouillot, who hosts Le Foodist’s workshops, says, “Our most popular experiences are our macaron class or our six-hour market visit and cooking class.” More of a crêpe fan? Find out how to make batter, sweet fillings and produce paper-thin crêpes that are Parisian-perfect with chef Bertrand de Neuville from Crêpes Magiques at La Petite Bretonne, including other locations in Paris.

Le Foodist, 59 rue Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris

La Petite Bretonne, 48 rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris

we can see an outdoor advertising sign of a creperie. it is designed in a vintage style.
©Natalia Bratslavsky
we can see different types of cheeses with small signs indicated the names and the prices of each one.
©Julia Kuznetsova

Artisanal delicatessens

Nothing goes better with fresh bread than French cheese. Langlois says, “We have 2,000 cheeses in France. To try some more unusual cheeses, visit Cooperative Beaufort. It specialises in Beaufort, the ‘prince of cheese.’ You will also find raclette cheese and other gems such as the extremely rare Bleu de Termignon.” Langlois recommends La Cave du Sénat for French wine and Le Petit Jacques for its signature dish, aligot – cheese and garlic potato purée. For those with a sweet tooth, Mococha on rue Mouffetard showcases tempting chocolates.

Cooperative Beaufort, 9 rue Corneille, 75006 Paris
La Cave du Sénat, 16 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
Le Petit Jacques, 248 rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris
Mococha, 89 rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris

Paris creative spirit

With its labyrinthine streets and theatres, it’s no wonder Puccini set his 1890s opera La Bohème in the Latin Quarter. Today, its avant-garde spirit lives on in the cabaret club Paradis Latin, Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe theatre Caveau de la Huchette, a jazz club that featured in the romantic musical La La Land. Poets and writers meanwhile have been drawn to Shakespeare and Company on the corner of René Viviani Square since 1951, attracted to its wide selection of English language books and quaint tearoom.

Paradis Latin, 28 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris
Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe, Place de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris
Caveau de la Huchette, 5 rue de la Huchette, 75005 Paris
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

we can see several persons playing the saxophone.

Once you’ve soaked up the atmosphere of the Latin Quarter, enjoy a scenic, 30-minute stroll past Notre-Dame de Paris on Île de la Cité and the Louvre on your journey back to Le Meurice.

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