The Latin Quarter is a favourite with many visitors who are looking to wander down the quaint streets of Paris’ coolest district. If you still can’t get enough after popping into the Shakespeare & Co bookstore, strolling through Jardin du Luxembourg and seeing the Panthéon, then here are some great local things to do in the 5th arrondissement!
1. Grab a quick crepe to-go at Au p’tit Grec
This little stand is definitely worth the walk. Located in one of Paris’ oldest and liveliest neighbourhoods, this hole-in-the-wall shop serves up delicious savoury and sweet crepes. The queue can get quite long during meal times but the staff move quickly so you won’t be waiting too long for your food. We definitely recommend the Savoyarde ham and cheese crepe!
2. Enjoy the rooftop view from the Arab World Institute
This museum has a really great collection of Arab artefacts, art and beautifully intricate textiles. It tells the history and cultural ties between the Arab world, Paris and even Europe. A top tip from us is that you can get up to the rooftop for free and get a great view of Paris across the river.
3. Take a break at the Arènes de Lutèce
After a couple of hours on your feet, take a quiet break in a hidden little spot that Parisians like to go to. The Arènes de Lutèce is an old Roman arena – which means there are lots of seats available for you to rest and have a quiet moment. Bring a book along and catch up on that reading you have always been meaning to do!
4. Get a sugar rush from the Circus Bakery
If you are looking for a mid-afternoon pick up then grab yourself a tasty cinnamon roll from the newly-opened Circus Bakery. This beautiful little cafe serves up great coffee and sweet treats, a great way to fuel up in the afternoon.
5. Wind the evening down with some jazz
Le Piano Vache is a cosy non-pretentious bar that has long been a favourite with students and young professionals. Pop in on a Monday for a free jazz show with affordable beers and wines.