Left Bank – Latin Quarter Tour

Free tour of the Left Bank. Pay what you want at the end of your tour.

This Left Bank walking tour explores Paris’ famed Latin Quarter – the land of students for 1,000 years, and possibly the world’s single greatest source of artistic inspiration – from Picasso to Woody Allen and Jack Kerouac, and from Hemingway to Cyrano de Bergerac.


The Tour

We meet at Notre Dame and jump across the river towards Sorbonne University, all the way to the Pantheon and the Luxembourg gardens.

We run into winding streets and smoke-filled (though not anymore!) cafés where Parisians grow up and come of age.

This Latin Quarter tour is an exploration of old Paris and modern-day Parisians all at once.

The tour may end at several spots near Pantheon, depending on the participants’ particular interests that day.



  • Sorbonne University, the Pantheon and Luxembourg gardens
  • Student drinking holes and elegant café terraces
  • The haunts of the Unicorn, Cyrano de Bergerac, Hemingway and even Italy’s Dante Alighieri
  • Place de la Sorbonne – student traditions and rites of passage
  • Where to find the blade of the Guillotine
  • Photo opportunity galore – including an unconventional view of the Eiffel tower


Why take this tour

Everyone who was 18 once should take this tour for its intoxicating combination of bohemian student cafés, history-filled alleys, reveries about making the world a better place, and casual Parisian fashion.

Your native guide also shares insider’s insights and tips for exploring this secretive, self-absorbed Left Bank of Paris.

This is the meeting place for our Left Bank Tour

This is a free walking tour (you pay the guide what you want at the end of the tour), and no reservation is needed.

Walks-ins are always welcome.
Be at the meeting point 5 minutes early.

If you wish to book in advance, use the booking button on the right side of this page


Want to treat your family to a private tour?

Groups of friends, families, and school groups looking for an opportunity to share private time together often reserve a private guide.
A private tour is €125 or €240


For more information and booking, email us here:


Groups 8 or more please book in advance

Help us keep our tours small, parties of 8 and more please book 48 hours in advance.
Email: groups.paris(at)discoverwalks.com



Wheelchair accessible tour.

This is the meeting place for our Left Bank Tour


Tours start on time every day at 2.30pm rain or shine and last a leisurely 90 minutes.

From May 1 through October 15 this tour also runs at 11am.

Every day, closed on Dec. 24 & 25 only.

We meet by the horse statue standing to the right of the facade of Notre-Dame. Closest metro station: Cité.
This tour ends near Pantheon and Luxembourg gardens.

Look for our distinctive pink vests.

This is a free walking tour – you pay what you want at the end of the tour.

Reservations are not needed – walk-ins are welcome, present yourself 5 minutes before start.

In order to see more on this Left Bank tour, we do not spend time going inside every building.

This is the meeting place for our Left Bank Tour

FREE walking tour

Required for groups of 8 and more
Everyone else welcome without a reservation

See the Google map Left Bank tour map
latin quarter tour map


at Notre Dame, by the huge
horse statue of Charlemagne


2:30 pm every day rain or shine
11am from May 1 to Oct. 15

Metro station


Additional information

Average tip on this tour: €13
Average time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Ends near metro Cluny la Sorbonne

Look for our distinct pink vests