The left bank Paris is the most pleasant district in town: Luxembourg Gardens, Saint-Germain des Pres, Hermes store are its highlights. Explore left bank on a walk. Left bank hotels are charming boutique hotels. More places to visit in Paris.
You have 3 hours to spend on Paris left bank. We warmly recommend you the following walk.
Start from Louvre (marker 1 on map below). Cross the Seine river on pedestrian Passerelle des Arts (2). Admire the French academy and the art stores in Rue de Seine (3).
Do your shopping Rue Bonaparte (5) or Rue de Sevres near by. Stop at Place Saint Sulpice (6). Visit the church. Go to Luxembourg Gardens through Rue Ferou (7). Finish at RER Luxembourg metro (8). Left Bank Paris map.
The left bank is attractive and you will have many occasions to turn left or right and spend the whole day. Take your time. Live the left bank, the most parisian district of Paris.
We recommend a stay in one great left bank hotel. Hotel Saint-Paul is located between the Sorbonne and the Luxembourg Gardens in rue Monsieur le Prince, a very old street of the Left Bank. It offers air-conditioned and soundproofed guest rooms with flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Guests can relax in the shared living area, with an open fireplace.The Saint-Paul serves a buffet breakfast in the hotel's 17th-century arched cellar. Room service offers a choice of hot drinks. Best left bank hotels.
Le Pantheon now functions as a secular mausoleum and houses among others the remains of Pierre and Marie Curie, the physicists who discovered radioactivity, Voltaire, Rousseau, Emile Zola and Victor Hugo, four famous French writers and philosophers. Jacques-Germain Soufflot, the architect of Le Pantheon, Jean Jaures and Leon Gambetta, two French political leaders, are also buried there. The first person to be buried there was Jean-Paul Marat, a French revolution leader. He was disinterred later as his sanguinary role during the revolution was reasessed.
Founded in the 12th century, the Sorbonne is one of the oldest and best universities in Europe. In 1971, in the aftermath of the 1968 riots, it was split into 13 universities, numbered from 1 to 13. A number of these universities retain the word Sorbonne as part of their name. Paris 1 and 4 occupy most of the original building of Sorbonne University in Quartier Latin near Le Pantheon in the left bank. 350 000 students study today at the university. Many of these universities are regrouping themselves into bigger multidisciplinary universities of wordlwide level. Paris Sorbonne University and Université Sorbonne Paris Cité are already prominent French universities. La Sorbonne facts.
Today, the university coexists with the typically French Grandes Ecoles, dominant in the fields of engineering (Ecole Polytechnique, Centrale, Mines and business administration HEC, Essec, ESCP).