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All about the 5th Arrondissement

Paris 5th arrondissement

The historic Latin Quarter has been home to scholars for centuries, it’s pride the world-renown Sorbonne University.

Known for its bustling nightlife and student-filled streets, it is historically the least expensive of the central left bank arrondissements. But, the rise in real estate prices generally in Paris made the 5th desirable particularly to young buyers in the last years, and is suffering a shortage of apartments like never before. Some of the oldest streets in Paris are here, along with the Pantheon – the final resting place to many of France’s most celebrated dignitaries – and the Luxembourg Gardens, one of the most beautiful parks in Paris.  

It is one of the central Paris arrondissements, located on the left bank of the River Seine.

QUARTIERS: saint-victorjardin-des-plantesval-de-gracesorbonne

The historically least coveted of the central left bank arrondissements, the 5th arrondissement is suffering a shortage of apartments for sale. Buyers priced out of the 6th have turned to the 5th to find their dream pad, only to find that an exceptional place with a view on the Luxembourg gardens can fetch top prices on this side too. In general, expect to pay dearly around the Luxembourg gardens and the Pantheon and slightly less around the Val de Grâce. Even around Gare d’Austerlitz and Les Gobelins, prices can be substantial.

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Land area Population
(2005 estimate)
Price per square meter in EUROS
(prices vary based on size and condition)
Saint-Victor Jardin-des-Plantes Val-de-Grâce Sorbonne
2.54 km2 (0.98 sq mi) 60,600 9,406 – 12,464 8,556 – 12,279 9,310 – 13,447 9,872 – 17,591



Musée du Moyen Age: If you want to see the original heads from Notre Dame statues that did nit escape the Terror they are here next to the archaelogical remains of Roman baths, which are below the Unicorn tapestries, all neaty tucked inside a 15th centur abbey in the heart of Paris.


Rue Mouffetard Market: One of the oldest streets in Paris, the top of the street is full of restaurants and tourists. It can get quite animated at night but the lower part around rue Jean Calvin holds a pleasant daily market. 


Athene de Lutèce: Who needs the Colosseum? Paris has its own Roman arena in the heart of the Latin Quarter, with a park surrounding it. These 2000-year-old Arènes were originally used as a theater, circus, and sporting arena. 


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