5th Arrondissement
5th Arrondissement
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Situated on the left bank of the River Seine, the 5th is one of the central arrondissements of the capital. The arrondissement is notable for being the location of the Quartier Latin, a district dominated by universities, colleges, and prestigious high schools.
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,224 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Couples
The big universities are here and have always been here. This neighborhood has traditionally housed those and lots of religious institutions. So you will find cafes full of students, modest-priced restaurants, and art cinema houses. A couple of museums. Very old churches. And now the gentry has arrived, raising standards. A very lively part of town, one of my favorites.
Written February 3, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,224 contributions
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May 2022
Our friend lives here so we come and visit and meanwhile take a walk around, sit in a cafe for a drink. The area is full of schools and historic monuments and very pleasant and cool squares for cafe sitting. A must.
Written June 14, 2022
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marichuj2015
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
Paris, the city of love, for me is best to visit either in the spring or fall when the climate is mild and is not crowded. And so in early October of last year, I rented a rooftop apartment with a large terrace in a great neighborhood in the Latin Quartiere (or Latin Quarter) four blocks away from famous Cathedrale Notre Dame. I spent a full week exploring new and exciting places, revisiting the old and reliving some adventures from my previous trips. Paris is a city of 20 villages or arrondissements. Obviously, if you are going for the first time, you would want to see the highlights or the most popular places of interests like the Eifel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Musee d’Orsay, Cathedrale Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Couer, Moulin Rouge and others. The city itself is huge like any major city in the world and all its attractions are spread out so you are better off taking one or two tours that cover these major attractions in a short amount of time. If, however, you are staying for several days or weeks, it is best to spend it one arrondissement at a time rather than crisscrossing the city to enjoy and appreciate everything and every place that you visit. Moreover, you will spend your precious time wisely. I love the 5th arrondissement on the Left Bank because it has a lot more attractions, interesting sights and areas that are less touristy. The area is safe for walking alone or with company. It is eclectic in a sense that the neighborhood is a mix of old and new architecture of both commercial and residential. There are plenty of good places to eat (French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Greek) bistros, bars, cafes, clubs, bakeries, pastry shops, markets and even open air market on certain days where I’d picked up fresh fruits, cheeses, breads, pastries and flowers. The vibe is that of a small neighborhood. There are also hotels in the neighborhood mostly along the River Seine close to Cathedrale Notre Dame. One of the best things to do is to wake up early in the morning and walk along the banks of the river before the crowds arrive at the cathedral. It is beautiful, peaceful and so serene. Same thing at night. If you are standing on one of the small bridges behind the cathedral, you can actually see the beam of light from the Eiffel as it passes through and shines on the cathedral from a distance and it is magical. If you are into history and education, the 5th and 6th arrondissements are the best places to visit. These are neighborhoods of famous schools and universities such as Sorbonne. Students as well as professionals are everywhere that one can actually experience what everyday life is outside the touristy areas. That means there are a lot of bookshops (old and new), libraries and museums where I spend most of my time. In the 5th arrondissement, in particular, is where you will find the Cluny Museum which is the National Museum of the Middle Ages housing artifacts, sculptures, manuscripts, etc., from this period, beautiful tapestries as well as items during the Renaissance age. In the center across from Sorbonne University building One is the towering and magnificent Pantheon originally built in 1790 for Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris, which eventually became a museum and mausoleum for famous citizens and soldiers of the French Revolution and other historical figures such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Marie and Pierre Curie, Alexander Dumas, Victor Hugo, Louis Braille, Emil Zola, are among a few in the crypt. The original pendulum by Foucault is in the center of the building. Outside of the Pantheon is the beautiful church of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont that houses the relics and stone of Saint Genevieve’s tomb in a beautiful shrine. Built in 1492 but took 134 years to finish, this church is mainly for the locals and it is stunning! Hard to imagine that this church is not in the tourists’ radar. Not to be missed is the 69 acres of Jardin des Plantes, almost four centuries old beautiful and lush botanical gardens, zoo, Museum of Natural History Museum and the labyrinth in all in one place along the River Seine. A great place to walk, explore, relax and picnic. What I love about all these places is that they do not attract the crowds or long lines compared to other well-known attractions throughout the city. I always find the locals to be friendly and helpful. Walking is always the best way to explore Paris. There are underground metro stations, taxis and buses everywhere and if you are like me, Uber is available throughout the city. There is so much to see so do not be disappointed if you can’t cover everything in one trip which is why I keep coming back.
Written September 10, 2016
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,684 contributions
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Mar 2015 • Solo
The 5th arrondissement holds much of interest for first-time and many-times visitors. This arrondissement includes a big chunk of the Latin Quarter, an area so-named because the students here spoke Latin in the Middle Ages. That is no longer true, but students still abound because of all the institutions of higher learning around, such as the Sorbonne. Many inexpensive (but not necessarily good) places to eat cluster near the universities because of the students' presence.

Narrow, twisting cobbled streets beckon to be walked. Wonderful old churches wait to be explored, such as Saint Julien Le Pauvre, one of the oldest in Paris, and Saint Severin, which displays stunning stained-glass windows. Other attractions include the Musee National du Moyen Age, famous for its six "The Lady and the Unicorn" tapestries; Rue Mouffetard, a fun market street; the Pantheon, which contains the remains of illustrious French citizens, such as Victor Hugo; and Shakespeare and Company, a popular English-language bookstore.

Jardin des Plantes, the main botanical gardens of France, brings me back on many of my Paris visits. I enjoy wandering its paths, looking through the rose garden in season, and checking out its beautiful, old greenhouses. Its natural history museum should appeal to children but I do not recommend the small zoo on the grounds. Most of the animals live in very cramped quarters.

The Great Mosque of Paris stands across the street from the gardens. I like to sit in its courtyard cafe and sip mint tea. Visiting its hammam (steam baths) remains on my "to do list."

The Institut du Monde Arabe, one of my favorite structures in the city, is located in this arrondissement, overlooking the Seine. Designed by famous architect Jean Nouvel, this modern building features fascinating windows with apertures that open and close, depending on the amount of sunlight hitting them.

Arenes de Lutece, the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre, shows off a much earlier age in the arrondissement. Constructed in the first century A.D., this amphitheatre is believed to be the largest built by the Romans. The Musee National du Moyen Age also displays Roman ruins (baths) on its grounds.

Many Metro and bus lines serve the 5th arrondissement. For those visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, just cross the Seine, and you've reached the 5th.
Written April 8, 2015
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Ibrahim F
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Solo
In Winter, this area is just perfect. The area wont be crowded. During evening, crowd starts to come in. If you happen to be here except winter, expect students as there are many ecole / schools around which make the area more vibrant due to the youth energy.

there are many great restaurants here. If you are on a strict budget but still want to taste great food, i recommend taking away the pizza from the restaurant Ou la la. (rue mouffetard) Their pizzas are freshly baked in wood oven. It might take sometime to get your piza but its worth the wait. Dont forget to ask for their spicy sauce if you enjoy spiciness.

next, try walking to the nearby street, Rue Du Pot De Fer. i would like to call this street, International street. You name it, they have all the food from all over the world. Theres mediterranean, Indian, African, Japanese, Chinese, French, Mexican.. the list goes on. The best part, their set (3 course meal) does not cost much compared to city central Paris. Theres also a shisha bar if youre into it.

I was told the road adn the building here is as old as 1300 years old. to distinguish, i was told to observe the road tilings and the buildings around.

Having to stay here for months, I managed to find some treasures around. heres how i save on that euros. I cook.

there are many groceries and fresh market around this area.

To get fresh produce, u can get from their local daily market near the subway / metro station, Place Monge. the market begins in the morning and ends sometimes in the afternoon and at times near evening. the market is known as Marche Monge. You can get your veggies and other fresh produce there.

theres also a supermarket, Carrefour city. its at rue lacepede. you can get great savings there.

for meat you can visit Rue Monge. theres a butchery.
What im going to tell you next is the besk kept secret, its the Poissonnerie Monge!
Here, you can get all the best fresh live seafood at a very great price.
The fishes here are so fresh that at times, i only need to add salt, pepper, lemon and a chilli to steam the fish. the fish is sweet becuse of its freshness.
and not to mention the oysters! they have varieties of them. wait for it, for at times, they have special discount. the best part, all the workers there are very helpful and friendly. This place , though its selling seafood, surrisingly does not smell and is very clean.

There's also a pattiserie store besides it. you should try their eclair. it gets you going!
so there you go, just some sharing from me to you. hope you can benefit form this.
have a great trip!
Written January 24, 2017
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,034 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
The 5th Arrondissement is one of my several favorite arrondissements in Paris. I liked the 5th because it has some great views of Notre Dame Cathedral across the Seine from the south side of the river.

It is a very neat stroll along the Seine with the stalls of the bouquinistes, the second hand booksellers, with their displays of old books and magazines. One of the most famous bookstores is Shakespeare and Company, an English language book shop, across from the river from the plaza in front of Notre Dame. My wife and I went to Shakespeare and Co. about an hour before closing on two evenings and found that it was not very crowded that time of night.

We ate dinner at two restaurants in the 5th, one of which was a good vegetarian eatery. We walked along several of the streets in the Latin Quarter and visited the Pantheon, which was one of the attractions on our four day Paris Pass. The new Love Lock Bridge is just off the apse of Notre Dame. We also liked the 1st, 3rd and 4th Arrondissements and the 7th, but the 5th had many iconic sights of Paris along the Seine.
Written June 16, 2015
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Kate1983
London, UK114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Beautiful area of wide streets and parks. Mouffetard is the street to go if you want food and music. Always alive with people and night life (not clubs, just class). Every type of food is sold in Mouffetard as well as great wine and cakes shops. The best thing I like to do is walk. Everything is with in 15 mins walk and the centre of Paris is just 12 mins walk from the middle of Rue Monge. Rue Monge has a range of wine bars, restaurants, banks, hotels and markets that line the street.
Highly recommended!
Written October 7, 2019
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Steve P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
The reason my Son planned the Trip was of a surprise proposal to His then Girl friend, although we stayed in the beautiful Latin qt We decided to visit Monèts Garden where He my Son asked His hand in marriage to Gemma 😊 ( She said YES )
Written June 8, 2015
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rayrest
Fenton, UK7,859 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Couples
The 5th arrondissement is a central district in Paris and the metro station that will take you in the heart of the district is Place Monge. Highlights are the Latin quarter with its prestigious schools and colleges.
Written April 26, 2018
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BobFarr2000
Saanich, Canada214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
We walked and walked every day starting from the Villa Pantheon returning 10-12hrs later by taxi. This area allowed us to travel back from all attractions for less than 15 euros and all the drivers were helpful and approachable. With me attempting my very limited french we made it "home". Print your hotel address to hand a driver, it helps them and you and always have 10's or smaller.
There was no doubt in our minds that watching the many locals go about their days that this was there home turf. Protective maybe and proud of both Paris and arr 5. Locals much friendlier than other tourists we found. Feel safe day and night - no reason to think otherwise.
Written April 19, 2016
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