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What to do in the 5th arrondissement of Paris

The Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement is the heart of student Paris. As well as being an intellectual hub centred around the famous Sorbonne university, the myriad streets along the Left Bank are now among the busiest districts in the French capital. Take a look at the best things to do in the 5th arrondissement here

Emily Scrivener
Emily Scrivener ,

The fifth arrondissement on the Left Bank of the Seine is also known as the Latin Quarter; Latin was once widely spoken here in the district’s many long-established seats of learning, including the famous Sorbonne university. The heart of student Paris, the fifth arrondissement has attracted intellectuals since the Sorbonne’s first colleges were founded in the 12th century. More recently, the district became a magnet for writers and is well known for its associations with literary giants such as Camus, Hemingway and Joyce. Today its cheerful cafés, quirky boutiques, bars and shops attract a wealth of visitors. This bustling area also offers a wealth of historic sights. Here, we guide you through the fifth arrondissement and recommend the best things to see and do in the Latin Quarter.



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