The Latin Quarter hosts a number of colleges and universities, and takes its name from the language that was once spoken frequently here.
You’ll find a wealth of things to do when you visit the Latin Quarter. Right at the top of your list should be the Palais du Luxembourg, completed in 1645 as the residence of Marie de Medicis, mother of Louis XIII of France. You can embark on a tour of this majestic former palace, which now houses the French Senate, and explore the rooms of state and the exquisite Flemish Revival décor. Outside, you’ll find gardens and a pond, where you can amble through statues of French queens and scattered fountains. Continue your tour of the Latin Quarter with a stop at the Pantheon, a former church that has been converted into a mausoleum. Architecturally, it’s a stunning example of neoclassicism, clearly inspired by the Roman Pantheon but topped by a striking dome. This is the burial place of Voltaire, Rousseau, and Victor Hugo, among others; you can wander through its columned hallways for hours taking in its many murals and details.
The Latin Quarter is not just a place of quiet and reflection, though. After you catch a brief nap in your Latin Quarter hotel, you’ll be ready to tackle the best part of the district…the food. Are you looking for sushi, traditional French fare, or something else? You’re bound to find it in this lively area. Wander down Boulevard St-Michel and you’ll be in for some delicious treats. Even better, just across the Seine, on Ile de la Cite, you’ll find Rue Chanoinesse, which houses even more scrumptious eateries.
A trip dedicated to eating and touring isn’t going to be cheap—but your accommodations will be. Book through Expedia.ca and enjoy the cheapest deals on hotels in Paris, so you’ll have more money to spend on tours and the all-important cuisine. After all, you’re on vacation—start eating like it!