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5th ARRONDISSEMENT OF PARIS GUIDE: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Welcome to the 5th Arrondissement

5th-Arr-Sorbonne-University-at-nightLocated on the River Seine and also known as the Latin Quarter, the 5th arrondissement is home to such world famous attractions as the Sorbonne University, Place Saint-Michel and the neoclassical Pantheon. Your visit will likely include a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the National Museum of Natural History and Jardin des Plantes but for something a little different, try some of these suggestions for a memorable experience.

Curious about the price of entry? For these there are none!

But that doesn’t mean you won’t be enticed to spend more. Free to visit, the almost century old farmers market at Marché Monge is a great place to find some of the freshest and food available in the city. It only operates at certain times so be sure to visit the website to find out when it’s around and be prepared to indulge in some or many of the enticing produce on offer.

5th-Arr-The-Pantheon-in-ParisVisit France’s main botanical garden, the17th century Jardin des Plantes where you will find an expansive selection of beautiful plants, flowers and trees in quiet surrounds, perfect for a stroll on a sunny day. Many parts of the parks are free but there is a small fee to enter some of the surrounding exhibitions and the small zoo on site is well worth a visit. If afterwards you’re looking for a bite to eat in a small, atmospheric restaurant with fast service that nearby then the fresh pasta garden at Jardin des Pates may be just the place to meet your interest.

And if you want to work off all that food you’ve just enjoyed in your Parisian cuisine experience, try heading to the magnificent public pool at Piscine Pentoise. Created out of an Art Deco design and underneath a domed glass ceiling, this family friendly place is a great choice for a holiday visit.

Take a step towards experiencing historical Paris!

And one of the best ways to do this is by buying a ticket to one of the many historic Paris movie theatres such as Cinéma du Panthéon. Check the website for details to book your ticket for an independent film at the oldest movie theatre in the Paris.

If you prefer something a little more laid back, the Place de la Contrescarpe is an ambient square where you can sit with a glass of wine while you soak up the surrounding atmosphere. Afterwards, if you fancy something a more active and have an appreciation of literature, try embark on The Hemingway Map of Paris, a walking tour which commences right in the square and follows the iconic author’s path of the places he frequented which inspired his work. Or if you have passion for dance then put on your favourite dancing shoes and head to Tango on the Seine with the Paris night lights to illuminate your experience. Starting at twilight and continuing well into the early hours of the morning, it’s a memorable activity suitable for beginners and ballroom experts alike.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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