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Paris Rive Gauche

Paris Rive Gauche is highly prized by Parisians thanks to its magnificent Jardin du Luxembourg, the boutiques and pavement cafés of Boulevard Saint-Germain and the cultural, intellectual and student life of the Latin Quarter.

The area owes its name to the students of the Sorbonne who studied Latin from Renaissance times onwards. Saint-Germain has always been the meeting place for the artists and writers of the Left Bank. Today, the Latin Quarter is home to the most prestigious secondary schools, universities and grandes écoles in France.

 

Several cafés and restaurants, such as Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, formed their own literary circle.


In the 19th century the poet and literary critic Charles Sainte-Beuve shared his thoughts with Proust and Victor Hugo. Some say that he became the lover of Victor Hugo's wife. Following Paris' liberation from Nazi occupation it was this area- along with Montparnasse- that was the most in vogue with its jazz musicians and the presence of Jean-Paul Sartre.


In the Latin Quarter, the romantic and historical heart of Paris, you can visit famous monuments such as the Panthéon, the Sorbonne, the Palais du Luxembourg and its garden, the church of Saint Sulpice and the Théâtre de l'Odéon. You can also lose yourself in the multitude of little streets and enjoy Paris' cultural life by discovering the numerous art galleries, specialised bookshops, theatres and famous cafés that are to be found there.