Top Things To Do In The Latin Quarter – History, Food & Night Life

2,000 years ago Romans walked the cobblestone streets of the Latin Quarter. Today, this ancient part of Paris oozes history and charm. It's here you find the glorious Pantheon, the Jardin du Luxembourg, market streets, great hotels, and a lot to see and do.

If you're new to Paris, or haven't visited for a while, we suggest starting your stay with one or two guided activities to help you find your way around and to get into the city quickly. Here are our top picks for Latin Quarter activities.

Walk The Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter, photo by Mark Craft

This might be one of the best ways to start off your first day in Paris. For two-and-a-half hours you explore this historic quartier with an expert guide. You meet up at the Cité Metro stop (line 4) in the middle of Îe de la Cité (the island) and walk to nearby Notre Dame Cathedral for a view of its still-standing towers and an update from your guide on the latest restoration news (following the tragic fire).

Then cross the Seine into the heart of the Latin Quarter to wander the cobbled streets and visit ancient Roman ruins, the Pantheon, Luxembourg, and even locations for Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. This is a semi-private tour with a maximin of eight people to ensure personal attention.

Shop At A Street Market & Learn French Cooking

Latin Quarter Cooking Class, photo by Mark Craft

During this all-day activity you learn the secrets of traditional French cooking while you prepare your own 3-course lunch at a cooking school in the Latin Quarter. With your instructor you also visit a traditional Parisian street market to shop for the ingredients you will need for lunch.

Cooking classes are some of the most memorable things we've ever done in Paris and this one doesn't disappoint. After shopping at the market you head to the cooking studio to plan and prepare your lunch, working with your expert instructor. A couple of hours later you're ready to eat what you've cooked, along with a glass of wine or two.

Go Deep Into French Food & Latin Quarter History

French Gastronomy & History in the Latin Quarter, photo by Mark Craft

Can you believe that you're in the oldest quartier in Paris… and on a food tour? Is it any wonder this guided activity gets rave reviews? Things start off at an iconic fromagerie on Boulevard Saint-Germain where your expert culinary guide introduces you to the best cheeses of France. Sample, sample, sample, then on to the next stops where you'll learn about and sample, sample sample, baguettes, patisserie, charcuterie, and more.

The small group size ensures that you get individual attention…and plenty of samples!

Savor The Chocolate & Pastry Of Saint-Germain

Paris Chocolate and Pastry Tour

Did you guess that this is one of our favorites? It's also one of the most popular food activities in Paris, and that's no surprise when you consider that it's a walking tour along historic streets that combines your passion for Paris with your love of chocolate and fabulous French pastries.

Spend a pleasant afternoon tasting your way through chocolate shops, patisseries and boulangeries of the kind only Paris can produce. The tour size is limited to 8 people to provide individual attention. A Parisian food expert leads you through typical neighborhoods as you learn how to choose the best chocolates and pastries. Sampling is required — no hardship there !

Go Out At Night In The Latin Quarter

Paradis Latin

This is the way to spend an evening in the Latin Quarter — at the Paradis Latin cabaret with dinner, VIP seating, the musical show, and champagne. It's a glorious end to a day in Paris, and one you're going to remember for years to come. From your seat in the celebrity circle you'll have an unrestricted view of one of the best nightclub shows in the city. We've included below the link you need to get this exclusive package.

Choose the Prestige Menu for the best meal and the best experience.

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The Top Latin Quarter Hotels

Latin Quarter Hotels

What to we love about the Latin Quarter? Well, it's trendy, charming, upbeat, with lots of local life, and centrally located. We've also found that some of the best Paris hotels in are found in this picturesque quartier. In fact, our top-rated hotel in all of Paris, Hotel Monge, is found here.

As you can tell, the Latin Quarter is one of our favorite places to be in the city, and you're close to so many attractions — like the Pantheon, Jardin du Luxembourg and even Notre Dame Cathedral, just across the river.

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