The Latin Quarter is located in the 5th arrondissement considered the intellectual center of Paris and acquired its name around 1253 when all students and professors at the Sorbonne spoke Latin. Student life was never uneventful from the 12th to the 16th centuries with students such as St. Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) and Protestant reformer Jean Calvin.
Today, bookstores including Shakespeare and Co., schools, churches, jazz clubs, Roman ruins, publishing houses, and boutiques, characterize the district. It is the traditional center of what was called "bohemian Paris" and formed the setting for Puccini's opera, La Boheme.
Medieval area highlights includes: the 13th century Cordeliers monastery refectory, the 15th century Cluny abbots' "townhouse" - now the marvelous Museum on the Middle Ages, Place Maubert where a 16th century printer was burnt alive for heresy for having re-translated one of Plato's Dialogues, and the Bernardins Monastery 13th century refectory.Offers
One of the most famous traditional Jazz clubs in Paris where the greatest jazzmen in the world have appeared regularly since 1946. You can stay as long as you wish and when leaving your are centrally located right across from Notre Dame. Every evening a jazz band performs for the listening pleasure of regulars and visitors alike. Dance in the timeless tradition of Saint-Germain des Pres jazz with the best boppers in Paris.
Whether you are just a Jazz-Lover, like to dance your socks off, or are a professional musician, the exceptional atmosphere of the club will remind you of the Cotton Club.
The area has always attracted the great artists, writers, philosophers, revolutionaries and musicians: Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Robespierre, Danton, Benjamin Franklin, Bonaparte, Victor Hugo, Verlaine, and Musset. Famous residents include Delacroix, Richard Wagner, Thomas Jefferson when in Paris, Racine, Ingres, and wealthy expatriate Natalie Barney who held literary salons for the "beautiful people" at her former residence. In the garden you can see a small Doric temple bearing the inscription "A l'Amitie" - to friendship. Place de la Contrescarpe made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his book "A Moveable Feast" about life in Paris. Gertrude Stein and her companion Alice B. Tokas lived nearby and opened their home to famous expatriates, writers and artists. Oscar Wilde lived in a hotel on Quai Voltaire while hiding from creditors. "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go," he remarked before passing.
Private Photography - Ref LB8 – Cost: 300€per group
Available Daily at 9.30am or 2:00pm
Highlights: Notre Dame, street entertainers, Ile de la Cite, Hotel de Ville, Pont St. Louis, Monument de la Deportation, romantic river banks, bridges, river scenes, narrow streets..
Includes: English Speaking Professional photographer - 3hrs.
Latin Quarter Food Market & Dessert Tours - Ref LB9 – Cost: From 99€pp*
St Germain has the highest concentration of the top Chocolatiers in the World. Add to that the famous chefs specializing in Croissant, Macaron,and Bread plus brillant open air markets and you will be in food heavan!
Includes: English Speaking Food Guide - 2hrs - 4hrs
Romantic Left Bank in a Vintage Car – Ref LB10 - Cost: From 220€€ per couple
Discover the Left Bank of Paris. From the Pantheon and Soubonne, past the Luxembourg Gardens heading towards Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower,
Includes:Car 2 hrs
Photo Portraits – Ref LB11 - Cost: 250€ per group
Visiting Montmartre is like going back in time, much as not changed. Cobbled streets, small parks and cafes that have been around for generations. These make a wonderful backdrop for a photo session ending with lunch.
Includes: English Speaking Photographer 1hr, all photos processed & emailed by WeTransfer within 10 days.
*Cost based on 2 people.
Fondue Dinner + Famous Jazz Club Entry - Ref LB1 – Cost: 75€pp
Dinner is booked for 7.30pm at a Fondue restaurant in the Latin Quarter. After dinner walk down the hill toward Notre Dame to the oldest Jazz Club in Paris. Enter any time after 9.30pm & stay as long as you like.
Includes: Private transfer to Dinner / Fondue + Unlimited Salad & Potatoes (ex drinks) / Club Entry
Fondue Dinner + Jazz Club + 2CV Tour - Ref LB2 – Cost: 150€pp
7pm private transfer to our favorite Fondue bistro near rue Moufftard in the heart of the Latin Quarter. At 8:45pm your 2CV driver will meet you for a fun filled 1hr tour ending at the Jazz Club.
Includes: Transfer to dinner/ 1hr 2CV tour from restaurant to club / Club Entry / Fondue Dinner without drinks.
Paradis Latin Cabaret + Bistro Dinner - Ref LB3 – Cost: 140€pp *
6.30pm transfer to a traditional Left Bank bistro for dinner. 5 minute walk to the cabaret Paradis Latin for the 9pm show with a glass of champagne. Return transfer at the end of the show.
Includes: Roundtrip transfers / Show + Glass of Champagne - Excludes: *meal paid to the restaurant – approx. 35€pp
Aperitif Tour + Dinner – Ref LB4 - Cost: 125€pp
Discover the local bar & bistro traditions of the Left Bank on private walking tour with a foodographer. Semi gastronomic dinner near metro Odeon at a Maître Restaurateur know for high quality modern dishes..
Includes: 3hr private walking tour - Excludes: tour drinks / meal paid to the restaurant – approx 42€pp
Wine Promenade + Bistro Dinner – Ref LB5 - Cost: 180€pp
Discover French wine with a wine expert at 3 left bank bars or cafe's where locals like to drink and hang out. End with dinner at a great wine bistro.
Includes: private wine expert 3hrs / 3 glasses of wine - Excludes: * meal paid to the restaurant – approx 55€pp
Latin Quarter Walking Tour + Fusion Dinner - Ref LB6 – Cost: 145€pp
Discover the left bank on a 2 hr walking tour followed by an oriental inspired French gastronomic Tapas like tasting menu at an award wining restaurant..
Includes: Transfer to meeting point / private guide - Excludes: *meal paid to the restaurant – approx 35€pp
Priced per person based on 2 people.
Meal suggestions based on 3 course Prix Fixe or a la carte menus excluding drinks at well located restaurants with consisitenly good reviews and good values.