The Fifth : An Overview
Full of the history of Paris' vibrant student life and still full of late-night haunts, the Fifth is a beautiful neighbourhood to explore on foot, stretching from the banks of the Seine and encircling the Jardin des Plantes, the Latin Quarter and the famous universities and institutions of Paris - including La Sorbonne, of course! The Romans were pretty busy in this neighbourhood, and even did us the huge favour of building the rue Mouffetard - still one of the most bustling thoroughfares in the neighbourhood. Merci Romans! While they were at it, they also built the nearby Arenes de Lutece -a Roman amphitheatre - and guess what? You can still see it! Find the location on our Handy Map of Lesser Known Historic Gems, right here.
While perhaps one of the lesser well-known foodie destinations, the Fifth still has plenty to discover - including of course those lively bars and late-night revels!
A short disclaimer before we get started... as we all know, dining out is a very personal, nuanced affair, and our humble little list featured here - or indeed in any of our content - unfortunately cannot guarantee a spectacular, knock-your-socks-off, "Dear Diary" dining experience - as much as we would love it to! While we certainly aim to inspire, as always we recommend using these suggestions merely as a jumping-off point for your own Paris research. So with that out of the way - on we go!
Le Verre à Pied
If you love a typical French café and bistro, Le Verre à Pied on the ancient rue Mouffetard fits the bill perfectly. Tiled floors, chalkboard menus, locals having lunch - the perfect stop off on your explorations of the fifth.
118 Rue Mouffetard
La Nouvelle Seine
It's a boat, it's a theatre, it's a restaurant, it's... La Nouvelle Seine. Why not stretch your sea legs and watch the water on the Seine as you dine?
Opposite 3 quai de Montebello
Blues on a Thursday night makes Le Porte-Pot a great spot to know about for those who love live music, it also serves good food in a cosy space full of wooden beams and candlelight.
14 Rue Boutebrie
All the liveliness and loveliness of Portugal - in the 5th! Nossa serves up delicious roasted chicken and sides in an almost street-food-style, enjoyed in a little dining room that feels like you've wandered into a local's kitchen! Charming and delicious.
1 Rue de l'École Polytechnique
La Rotisserie d'Argent
If the Tour d'Argent is slightly out of your budget, why not get back to basics with a beautiful rotisserie chicken and slightly more affordable prices at this sister eatery. Chequered red tablecloths, well-stocked bookshelves, red banquettes - you can only be in Paris!
19 Quai de la Tournelle
Something a little Special...
Prosper et Fortunée
If you want to feel like you're enjoying a home-cooked meal in a Parisian home, snag one of the 20 spots at this acclaimed restaurant to enjoy multiple no-choice courses that change every night - prepared right in front of you by chef Eric Lévy.
50, rue Broca
This celebrated little bistro has long been a gem for many, with its tiled floors, handful of tables and prix-fixe menu.
30 Rue Gay-Lussac
Franco-Japanese chef Atsushi Tanaka wows all those lucky enough to nab a reservation at this minimalist restaurant. Expect ingenious, molecular-inspired cuisine.
4 bis, rue du Cardinal-Lemoine
One of the most famous restaurants in Paris, Tour d'Argent also boasts one of the most amazing views and a history stretching back through the centuries. You may need to splash out a little to dine here, but you only live once!
17 Quai de la Tournelle
Le Piano Vache
A favourite with the music lovers as well as the students of the fifth, this low-lit, ramshackle bar is a mainstay of the neighbourhood. Fantastic Gypsy Jazz on Mondays.
8, Rue Laplace
A neighbourhood favourite with a reliably lively atmosphere. Come for the wine, stay for the food.
2 rue de l'Ecole Polytechnique
Caveau de la Huchette & Caveau des Oubliettes
If you love jazz bars in typical Parisian "caves" (cellars) then these two music-loving addresses are for you. Jam sessions, concerts, swing, blues, Big Band - you'll find it all on the programme.
Caveau de la Huchette - 5 Rue de la Huchette
Caveau des Oubliettes - 52 Rue Galande
Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
You can look forward to a really fantastic array of natural wines here, not mention a bustling terrasse and honest French bistro fare. Just a couple of steps from the Pantheon.
19 rue des Fossés Saint Jacques
If you're in search of a friendly pub atmosphere, a pint and an English-speaking crowd, then the Bombardier is a great spot to know about. There are pub quizzes, sports, pub food and lots of people to get to know.
2 Place du Panthéon
The Best of the Rest
Place Monge - Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
If you've never joined us for a French Market Tour & Cooking Class, come along on a Wednesday or Friday to discover this beautiful open-air Market in the fifth - we love it!
...Or how about one of the oldest local markets in Paris? We're at Marché Maubert on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to shop for ingredients to cook up a storm back at the school. Why not join us?
Place Maubert - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Shakespeare & Company
Just next door to the famous bookshop, the Shakespeare & Company Café serves hearty wholesome fare and excellent coffee, enjoyed indoors or on the large shared tables outside - weather permitting!
37 Rue de la Bûcherie
Another top pick on our blog, read about Circus Bakery here before popping in for cinnamon rolls and espresso / cappuccino.
63 Rue Galande
Sleek and stylish, you can get everything from excellent coffee to pancakes, granola and freshly baked cakes at this spacious cafe.
16 Rue Linné