Latin Quarter - Lonely Planet

Latin Quarter - Lonely Planet

©Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd 205 Latin Quarter Neighbourhood Top Five the incredible panorama from the roof. Moyen Âge (p207) Time- travel...

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Latin Quarter Neighbourhood Top Five

the incredible panorama from the roof.

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travelling back to the Middle Ages at France’s foremost medieval museum.

(p209) Strolling around Paris’ sprawling botanic gardens and visiting its historic greenhouses, zoo and the many branches of the Natural History Museum located here.

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Lonely Planet’s Top Tip While hungry first-time visitors are often drawn into the maze of tiny streets between the Seine, rue St-Jacques and bd St-Germain, you’d be wise to simply avoid this area altogether. Instead, consider grabbing some bread, cheese, charcuterie and wine from local speciality shops and enjoy some multimillion-dollar views with lunch or dinner. Best bets? The quays along the Seine, the place du Panthéon (a fave with students) and the leafy Jardin des Plantes.

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Best Places

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Explore: Latin Quarter The centre of Parisian higher education since the Middle Ages, the Latin Quarter takes its name from the classical language spoken here by students and professors until the French Revolution. A serene spot to begin the day is in the botanic gardens, the Jardin des Plantes, before sipping sweet mint tea in the Mosquée de Paris or strolling through the engaging Arab World Institute. But there’s no better strip to see, smell and taste the Latin Quarter than the thriving market street rue Mouffetard, so it’s worth combining a flit from food stall to fabulous food shop with lunch at one of the restaurants utilising its produce (skip it on Mondays, when the market stalls are shut). After admiring the Panthéon’s vast interior, the hollow of the afternoon is a contemplative time to meander through the Musée National du Moyen Âge for the ultimate medieval history lesson. After dinner at a local bistro, head down into a medieval cellar (many used as Revolutionary prisons) for jazz and jam sessions, or join the area’s students in the quarter’s lively pubs.

¨¨ Restaurant AT (p215) ¨¨ Shakespeare & Company

Café (p210)

Local Life

¨¨ Sola (p215)

¨Sporting life

¨¨ Café de la Nouvelle

Mairie (p212) For reviews, see p210.A

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¨¨ Little Bastards (p217)

Join the locals playing boules and football in the 2nd-century Roman amphitheatre Arènes de Lutèce (p217). ¨Academic life Clink drinks during extended Latin Quarter happy hours and there will almost certainly be a student or academic affiliated with the Sorbonne sitting next to you. ¨Cinema life Independent cinemas are scattered, screening cult, classic and rare films.

¨¨ Caffé Juno (p216) ¨¨ Mosquée de Paris (p208) ¨¨ Le Verre à Pied (p216)

For reviews, see p215.A

Best Jazz

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¨¨ Café Universel (p218) ¨¨ Le Caveau des Oubliettes

(p219) ¨¨ Le Petit Journal St-Michel

(p219) ¨¨ Caveau de la Huchette

(p219) For reviews, see p218.A

Getting There & Away ¨Metro

The most central metro stations are St-Michel by the Seine; Cluny–La Sorbonne or Maubert-Mutualité on bd St-Germain; and Censier Daubenton or Gare d’Austerlitz by the Jardin des Plantes. ¨Bus Convenient bus stops include the Panthéon for the 89 to Jardin des Plantes and 13e; bd St-Michel for the 38 to Centre Pompidou, Gare de l’Est and Gare du Nord; and rue Gay Lussac for the 27 to Île de la Cité, Opéra and Gare St-Lazare. ¨Bicycle Handy Vélib’ stations include 42 rue St-Severin, 5e, just off bd St-Michel; 40 rue des Boulangers, 5e, near Cardinal Lemoine metro station; and 27 rue Lacépède, 5e, near place Monge. ¨Boat The hop-on, hop-off Batobus (p334) docks opposite Notre Dame on quai de Montebello.