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Paris' 5th Arrondissement

Known also as the Latin Quarter, Paris’ 5th Arrondissement is a multifaceted district that provides busy streets as well as peaceful gardens.  Paris’ famous Sorbonne University resides in the area as well as a few other landmarks, but the area is most known for its lively cafes, restaurants and bars making it a great place to live or visit.  Paris apartment rentals in this area are typically classic, refurbished buildings and considering their location in one of Paris’ most popular districts, they are surprisingly affordable.


The 5th Arrondissement is located on the Left Bank of the River Seine and is formally called “Pantheon” after the famous landmark that sits at the very highest point in the district.  Buried here are the remains of some France’s most famous citizens including Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Jean Mulin, Marie Curie, & Louis Braille.  Although sometimes hard to find, many Paris vacation rentals have views of the impressive building, but stunning views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine are not uncommon either.

 
Despite being one of the most famous landmarks in Paris, the Pantheon sometimes takes a back seat to the district’s lively reputation.   The hustle and bustle of the “college town” environment makes the “Latin Quarter” one of the best places in Paris to walk around and people watch.   Although there is high concentration of students, the majority tend to live in other nearby districts due to the cost of living.  The most famous street in the area is the Rue St-Michel.  Although you won’t find many Paris vacation apartment rentals right on this street, it is chalk full of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants and is especially known for a number of great jazz bars making for great nighttime entertainment.   For the more seasoned traveler, there are a number of very unique, medieval style pedestrian alleys off the main street as well.


If the hustle and bustle isn’t your thing, the Jardin des Plantes, or the Paris Botanical Garden, is another reason the 5th Arrondissement makes for a great place to rent a Paris vacation apartment.  It holds over 10,000 species of plants, a small zoo known as La Menagerie, and the Museum of Natural History which could easily take a few days to fully explore.  


These are just a few highlights of the Latin Quarter, but the experienced traveler would probably say this is an area much better to experience than read about.  CobbleStay.com currently features two Paris vacation apartments in the area.  Both have been hand-picked for location and convenience and would be great choices for a Paris vacation.