Blvd. Saint-Michel and Environs

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Blvd. Saint-Michel and Environs The Latin Quarter around Blvd. Saint-Michel is named after the students of the Sorbonne who have populated the area since the thirteenth century, in the days when they spoke the scholarly language of Latin. Paris France 48.8510045 2.3429906
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Party Earth Review The Latin Quarter around Blvd. Saint-Michel is named after the students of the Sorbonne who have populated the area since the thirteenth century, in the days when they spoke the scholarly language of Latin. Not much has... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Saint-Michel

  • Hours:

    24/7

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Blvd. Saint-Michel and Environs Review

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The Latin Quarter around Blvd. Saint-Michel is named after the students of the Sorbonne who have populated the area since the thirteenth century, in the days when they spoke the scholarly language of Latin.

The Latin Quarter around Blvd. Saint-Michel is named after the students of the Sorbonne who have populated the area since the thirteenth century, in the days when they spoke the scholarly language of Latin.

Not much has changed in the last eight hundred years, since the area remains dedicated to and populated by students from around the world. The international flavor is most evident in the Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Italian, and French restaurants and specialty food stores that line the streets.

Though Blvd. Saint-Michel is a broad street with recognizable store names and bustling activity, visitors will want to stray from the main square to explore the charming cobblestone passages that shoot off in all directions.

Since something is happening every hour of the day in this animated, dynamic neighborhood, it’s always worth it to spend an afternoon wandering aimlessly and being guided by the narrow streets past all the local restaurants, boutiques, and novelty shops that give the area its true European flair.

When it’s time for a rest or a late afternoon pub crawl, visitors should make their way to Rue de la Huchette where many of Saint-Michel’s drinking establishments are located.

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Tip from Jonah:

A few hours of walking around the narrow streets can take its toll, so get a bottle of wine and sit along the Seine, where crowds gather on the bridges at sunset. At night, the area turns into a busy international bar scene – but be careful, because it can get a little rough.

  • Crowd

    Tourists by day, local and international students by night.

  • Entertainment / Music

    The sights and sounds of the area, as well as some street performers.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Restaurants serve cuisine from all over the world. Incredible crêpe restaurants in the area.

  • Prices

    Varies by venue.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual, on the smart side.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekends are busiest, but there’s a good crowd any time.

  • Close By

    The bar Le Lutece (8 Blvd. Saint-Michel) has outdoor seating and great people-watching, while Paradis du Fruit (27/31 Quai de Grands Augustins, right off Blvd. Saint-Michel) offers delicious concoctions of ice cream and fruit.

Blvd. Saint-Michel and Environs User Reviews

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Eat the Parisian culture!
Diana B. Jan 6, 2013
Paris is not known for being a melting pot like other cities as New York, for example. But there are, in fact, people of many different origins living in the French capital and the Quartier Latin is the perfect place to testify that. In the old and typical streets of Quartier Latin, almost every other door is an entrance to a world of flavors. There are restaurants for every appetite, from Greek to Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican or French. However, these are not the fancy restaurants Paris is known for. It’s the kind of place to go to for a casual, easygoing meal cooked by people from the mentioned origins. It’s as real as it gets. Quartier Latin has always been a cultural spot too. La Sorbonne is right up the street, the theatres open doors every night and the bookshops are common in the area. This is a great place to look for bargains in the several shops that sell secondhand books. For those who speak English – and even for those who don’t – Sheakspeare & Co. is something you can’t miss. In the 20’s, this was the meeting point of writers such as Hemingway and James Joyce. You can still feel a certain glare in it among all the tall wooden bookshells.
Love the Latin Quarter
Tara R. Dec 7, 2012
This little gem of an area is one of my favorite parts of Paris. There’s a relaxed atmosphere and student-y vibe, and the Greek gyro joints pack a pita punch. The Cluny Museum is a good dose of culture, and there’s a little Greek Orthodox church nearby called Saint Julien de Pauvre that has lovely little candlelit concerts. Definitely visit Shakespeare and Company, it’s the best bookstore in all of Paris.
A little bit of everything
Rachel S. Dec 1, 2012
If you walk around during the day, wandering up and down the many streets, you are bound to find something that is of interest to you. There is an endless amount of international restaurants to choose from, whether you're craving Greek food or just a drink at a local bar. Blvd. Saint-Michel will be filled with more city visitors than the surrounding streets, however, the designer clothing stores are always fun to look at. If you feel up for some culture, there is always the Musee national du Moyen Age, formerly known as the Musee de Cluny. Expect ancient Roman baths and artwork from the Medieval days. The famed Sorbonne is great to see, as well.
Fun environment
Lexi M. Nov 17, 2012
The Latin Quarter is a great place to stroll through on your way to the clubs and bars. There are some bars around the Latin Quarter however, they are pretty low key and not exactly where you would want to spend your entire night out. This has a much more laid back out in the open type atmosphere. It is a great place to grab some pizza, gyros, or crepes as you maybe grab a drink and then head to the major clubs. It's the perfect place to go for a more laid back night out.
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