Sorbonne & Latin Quarter (5th arrondissement)

The Latin Quarter of Paris is probably the brainiest section in the city. Located on the left bank of the Seine River, its name comes from the Latin language that was widely spoken in the area during the Middle Ages when it was home to the university. Today, the Latin Quarter is still home to the Sorbonne, as well as other tertiary institutions like École Normale Supérieure and College de France. As such, the Latin Quarter is a rather lively section that is popular amongst students and budget travellers.

Sorbonne UniversityThe Sorbonne [rue des Ecoles] is the most recognisable structure in the heart of the Latin Quarter. One of the first universities in the world, the Sorbonne has been a place for learning since its founding in 1253. It started off simply as a college for a handful of theology students, and eventually became the reputable University of Paris. However, with the restructuring of the University of Paris system, the Sorbonne is now home to 16 higher education and research institutions, some of them maintaining their international reputation- the arts institutions are known for their world-class programs and the College de France has a global reputation in the research field. If you are not here to study, then you will find the place rather relaxing - great to chill in a café as you watch the world go by.