Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés

 Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés

The Latin Quarter is known as Paris’s student neighborhood due to the fact that so many French universities are located in the area, including the prestigious Sorbonne university as well as schools of science, law and engineering. With a mix of posh inhabitants and serious students, the Latin Quarter has a vibe that is like none other in Paris.
Plus, there are a number of tourist destinations, like the Panthéon and the Musée National du Moyen Âge — the national museum of the Middle Ages, throughout the neighborhood. Visitors should not miss the opportunity to check out the beautiful Luxembourg Garden and the Luxembourg Palace, a former royal residence that today houses the French Senate.
With the Latin Quarter occupying parts of the 5th and 6th arrondissements of Paris, those who visit will not be far away from the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area in the 6th arrondissement. This area has come to prominence thanks to its reputation as a hot spot for intellectuals in the mid-20th century. Figures such as Jean-Paul Sartre and François Truffaut regularly visited Saint-Germain-des-Prés in order to converse in cafés like Les Deux Magots and the Café de Flore. These cafés are still operating today, and lucky patrons may be able to spot present-day intellectuals and politicians chatting away in these emblematic establishments.
This neighborhood is also the location of several luxury shops like Armani as well as the celebrated Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

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