Paradis Latin, Paris, France

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Paradis Latin Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to Paradis Latin

On the Left Bank of the Seine, in the 5th arrondissement, the famous Paradis Latin of Paris has been a student hangout for centuries. The district sprang up around the Sorbonne University in the 13th century and gets its name from the language spoken there between students and professors up until the French Revolution. The 4th arrondissement right next to the Paradis Latin is home to one of the most popular catherdrals on the planet - Notre Dame de Paris.

Today, although the Paradis Latin still has the charm of an academic community, it has also become the heart of the Left Bank, having evolved into a prime tourist destination in its own right. This area of Paris attracts intellectuals, artists and others who have embraced the bohemian lifestyle, so there are plenty of cheap hotels in the Paradis Latin. There are also more expensive and luxurious hotels and residential hotels in the Paradis latin area.

The Paradis Latin's cobbled streets are an arm-span wide in some places and abound with cafes, food stalls, bistros and restaurants. As night falls things get rowdy as restaurateurs try to lure patrons with antics such as plate smashing on the street outside Greek restaurants and loud touting of fixed-price Italian menus. But the quarter is also the place to enjoy an abundance of cheap traditional French food. The heart of the area is the bustling Place St-Michel, a prime people-watching hotspot at any time of day or night.

Top Things to Do in the Paradis Latin Area

Stroll the banks of the River Seine and explore Notre Dame Cathedral. This beautiful cathedral was constructed from 1163 into 1240s and is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and in Europe.

Explore the Intellectual Golden Triangle. There are bookshops and interesting souvenir shops, as well as a number of historic landmarks. The famous University La Sorbonne is located at the heart of the Paradis Latin. And the soul of the Paradis Latin, Hôtel de Cluny, is a medieval residence that now houses the National Medieval Museum, where you can find one of the world's most precious masterpieces, "The Lady and the Unicorn" tapestry

Take a walking tour of the Paradis Latin. There are many historical sites to be discovered tucked away in the streets of this area of the city.


The Paradis Latin’s numerous restaurants and bistros, many of which can be found between St. Andre-des-Arts and Odeon, offer great options for cheap dining in Paris. The exuberant nightlife continues to be a constant crowd drawer after dark. Both locals and tourists frequent the bars, nightclubs, brasseries and jazz-clubs. There are also a number of good nightspots along Rue Mouffetard and Rue Laplace.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team