Today we will continue our look into the Paris neighborhood known as the Latin Quarter. This is the second episode of our 3-part series on the Latin Quarter. You’ll find the First Part of our video tour here and the third part of our Video Tour of the Latin Quarter here. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel.
The Latin Quarter stretches from the Seine River to the top of Mount St. Genevieve, a hill named for the city’s patron saint, and a popular destination between tourists and locals.
Paris Video Tour: The Latin Quarter – Part 2 (4:30)
Cluny Mansion and Medieval Museum
We begin Part 2 of our video tour at the Cluny Mansion and Medieval Museum. This is the house built by the abbot of Cluny. It was built between 1485 and 1510 in a flamboyant Gothic style. It has since become a medieval museum (6 Place Paul Painlevé).
These ruins are some of the oldest buildings in Paris, which are a set of Roman baths from the second century. Found on the corner of boulevard Saint-Germain and boulevard Saint-Michel, it has an outdoor gym, an indoor gym and a warm and hot bath.
The Sorbonne runs an entire city block around a central courtyard. It was first built in 1257, and it would become one of the biggest universities in the world. The tower on the other side was the astronomical tower of the old science department.
Apartments in the Latin Quarter
Of course the only way to take in the true vibe of the Latin Quarter is to skip the hotel and rent a furnished apartment or vacation rental in the Latin Quarter.
For example we like this fully furnished studio rental (PA-4042) located in the Latin Quarter is situated on the ground floor of a 19th century walk up building close to all majors school and university. The Grande Mosquée de Paris and the Jardin des plantes are a short walk away as well.
Another great option is situated on the 1st floor of an walk up building. This fully furnished 1-bedroom apartment in the Latin Quarter (PA-3323) comes with the luxury of laundry capabilities in the apartment. The bedroom is furnished with a trundle bed and a TV and the living room includes a double sized sofa bed and a coffee table.
If you’re not in the mood to cook, you’re in luck, the Latin Quarter is known for its many restaurants. A few good choices are:
La Fourmi Ailée, 8 rue du Fouarre, behind Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, is a quaint tearoom in a former bookshop that serves salads, cakes, pastries and is good for vegetarians.
Le Café Panis, 21 quai de Montebello, is located just to the right of the bridge leading to the front of Notre-Dame, it’s good for simple bistro fare and vegetarian options.
Le Météora, 9 rue de la Huchette, is great if you are tempted by ethnic restaurants. This Greek place has good food and a lively atmosphere.
Le Perraudin, 157 rue Saint-Jacques. is a great spot to find a traditional French meal.
We’ve come to the end of Part 2 of our tour of the Latin Quarter. Stay tuned for Part 3 in the coming weeks. If you’ve been to the Latin Quarter in Paris, we’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!
We hope to see you soon in the Latin Quarter touring, dining and living like a local! And check out the rest of our blog for more Paris tips.