On the shoulders of giants in the Latin Quarter

From Dali to Shakespeare, from the Panthéon to the Sorbonne, a round-up of Paris Latin Quarter that will even include superheroes and freemasons.

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From mid-afternoon to mid-evening, here's an itinerary that will bring you to some of the most beautiful places in Paris, such as the Panthéon or the Sorbonne, as well as lesser known spots such as Salvador's Dali solar quadrant.

During the proposed almost-complete loop across the famous Latin Quarter, you will also experience parisian life at its best and most typical, as well as being watched over by famous personalities, both fictitious and real.

Of course you can choose to follow the itinerary the other way around, but you'll have to pass on visiting the observatory of the Sorbonne. Don't be alarmed, this is by no means necessary, although it would have been a nice and rather unusual addition to your walk - provided you booked ahead and planed your itinerary so as to be there when the night has fallen.

Step by step
  • Let's begin near Cluny-la-Sorbonne subway station (line 10). Here, on each side of Saint-Germain boulevard, there is a comic book shop. At number 67, you'll find the latest adventures of your favorite superhero. This will give the rest of the day a tone, don't you think ? 1
  • Now take Saint-Jacques street towards the embankment, up to number 27. 2
  • Have just a look at the highly (tourist-)busy block between Saint-Jacques street and Saint-Michel boulevard by taking de la Parcheminerie street, then right into des Prêtres-Saint-Séverin street, and right again into Saint-Séverin street. Go on straight ahead only to turn left into Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre street. 3
  • At the nearby Montebello embankment, turn left into de la Bûcherie street. It's time to indulge yourself with an english-language book, even on sunday. 4
  • Come back to the public garden you left earlier, aside Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre street. This garden is your next stop. 5
  • Now leave the place through Lagrange street. The next stop is reachable quicker if you keep going on that street, then on Monge street in the continuation. But you also can make a recommended detour through the Paris of the Middle Ages by turning left into de l'Hôtel-Colbert street, then right into de la Bûcherie street, right again into Frédéric-Sauton street, then left into the nice Maître-Albert street up to de la Tournelle embankment where you will make a right-angle turn to the right into de Bièvre street until Saint-Germain boulevard which you'll take to the left. Finally, you will turn right again into des Bernardins street, leave by the Palais de la Mutualité, and find the Square Paul-Langevin. 6
  • Exit the square Paul-Langevin through des Ecoles street then turn left into de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève street. 7
  • Take Clovis street eastbound, between Saint-Etienne-du-Mont church and Henri-IV high school, then turn right into Descartes street which will lead you to Mouffetard street and de la Contrescarpe square. Now maybe it's time to fill up your stomach - you'll have plenty of choice here. 8
  • Start moving downhill in the most busy part of Mouffetard street until you find du Pot-au-Fer street. Turn right into it, up to Lhomond street you'll find to your right also. The latter will lead you to Pierre-et-Marie-Curie street right after crossing d'Ulm street. 9
  • Going out of the Curie Museum, find d'Ulm street back, and head north to quickly get to the Panthéon. 10
  • From there go down Soufflot street and enjoy the view on the Luxembourg garden. But don't go there and make a turn right instead on Victor Cousin street. You're now on you way to the Sorbonne. Note that the meeting point for the observatory's visit might be on Cujas street. 11
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