One of my favourite areas in Paris is the Latin Quarter which spreads across the 5th and 6th arrondissement. It is in the heart of the city & is so lively all day and night. It is full of cheap eats, pubs, clothing stores, new and second-hand book shops and random street art. It is also home to Notre Dame, Pantheon, Fontaine Saint-Michel & Cluny Medieval Museum.
The Latin Quarter gets it’s name due to the students who spoke Latin and lived in this area to study at France’s oldest university, La Sorbonne. This quarter is still very popular for students to live in and hence it has lots of cheap eats and bars.
For someone on a working holiday, this neighbourhood can be a treat. My friend Isobel introduced me to Crêperie Genia where you can get a panini, can of soft drink and a crepe for €4.50. Bargain!
Another favourite of mine is the Taverne Grecque. You can get an entrée, main & dessert for €12.80. I had a fresh greek salad for entrée, calamari in tomato with rice for main & a delicious baklava for dessert. They have such a cute interior with plates from all over world on one wall and masks on the other side. I have been there 3 times already this time around!
Then for coffee, I recommend Malongo Café. They have proper trained baristas who know how to make great coffee. They sell coffee apparatus, machines & also various teas.
If you visit Paris, I would really recommend visiting the Latin Quarter as you will fall in love with the quaint little streets full of hidden treasures.