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Latin Quarter

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Odeon / Saint-Michel
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Address: Left Bank of the Seine, Paris, France
Phone Number: 0815601536
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Description: This famous Left Bank neighborhood, so named because the numerous...
This famous Left Bank neighborhood, so named because the numerous university students in the area spoke only Latin to their professors until the French Revolution, preserves an authentic Parisian atmosphere of old.
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Très magnifique.

Very funny, particular and awesome quarter. You can walk along tiny streets and buy suovenirs. It's very characterist. To do.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Very funny, particular and awesome quarter. You can walk along tiny streets and buy suovenirs. It's very characterist. To do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

My boyfriend, his family and myself stayed 4 nights at this hotel. We are from the US and do not speak any kind of french. The hotel manager Frannie was beyond helpful. upon our arrival she gave us maps and told us to go up to the room and then come back down so we could go over the map... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Saty at Left Bank where Latin Quarter is located. Hotels are cheaper than on the Right Bank where Eiffel Tower is located. Many universities are located in Latin Quarter such as U. of Paris, Sorboone, College de France, is in the left bank. You can shop at local supermarket, use local laundromat, have fixed price meals. I usually stick around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We love the Latin Quarter of Paris and twice previously have stayed in this area.We revisited the area again on this trip and it is still a wonderful lively area full of cafes, bars, shops, buskers and music. I prefer the lunch time to visit but the night crowd is a great collection of young and old out for that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Very busy area with restaurants, bars, pastry cafes and also quite shady. Resturants were just okay and the Americana Pastry Cafe was very good. They had pastries, cappuccino, espresso and gelato that were excellent. Would not go back to the Latin Quarter

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The left bank of River Seine is simply full of life with a lot of cafes and bars. There are amazing, pretty little streets in which you will admire the beauty of Paris. A lot of bookshops, especially old ones. A lot of cultural centers such as Pantheon are also around here. If you're in Paris, you should definitely give... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This very touristy place is a reliable destination for small alleys and inexpensive sightseeing. Don't expect American chains and absorb the ambience of the historic streets and shopping areas nestled between the Seine and the Sorbonne. Locals are mainly students and academics.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It is the center of Paris activities and arts. You can find everything you like: from low key to high end buildings, hundreds of cafes and restaurants, art galleries, parks, the banks of the river Seine, night clubs, etc. It is extremely well served by public transports, and in direct connection by RER lines to Charles de Gaulle and Orly... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The trouble is, Paris has become more crowded --- maybe it was just the Easter weekend. The old Latin Quarter, so named in medieval times because the colleges there taught in Latin, can still bring joy to your heart.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Stayed in the Latin Quarter March 2015. Walking distance to many shops and bistros. Also easy walking to Notre Dame (a must see!). Sunday, the metro and bus is free (although can get crowded). Walking around will give you a good sense of what Paris is like.

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Odeon / Saint-Michel
As the bustling center of entertainment for the residents of the Rive Gauche, the activity at Odéon never stops. Boulevards are lined with traditional cafes, restaurants, and boutique cinemas. The streets surrounding the fountain at Saint-Michel provide eateries from around the world. Lively bars are just next door and the prototypical terraced French brasserie is on every corner. The setting for this area is second to none; the Haussmann-style boulevards are contrasted by monumental architecture and overshadowed by the iconic Notre Dame, all within a moment’s walk from the Seine. This neighborhood's world-famous bookshops, cafés, and streets will not fail to impress you.