paris step by step – the 5th arrondissement

by Sharon Santoni

My apologies for the sporadic posting on the blog this past week … my computer had the hiccups!

Here a little late, is the next step in my whistle stop tour of Paris.  As always, it is by no means an exhaustive list of things to do or see, but just a few ideas to add to your bucket list.

The fifth arrondissement of Paris runs the length of the river on the left bank.  It is the arrondissement traditionally associated with the best schools and universities of the city.

In no particular order my recommendations would be to wander down the rue Mouffetard and enjoy the market stalls and quirky mix of hardware stores, little restaurants and food stores.

If the market gives you an appetite, there is no shortage of good places to eat.  The best meal I have had in Paris was enjoyed at La Méditerranée , place du Pantheon

or if you want something  a little less grand then you may try Le Reminet

If you are after some culture and history and you would prefer to avoid the busy museums, then step inside the 16th century St Etienne du Mont church, place Ste Genevieve and admire the stunning architecture, in particular this choir gallery

If you are visiting Paris with children, then the Natural History Museum, with its small zoo and perfectly maintained gardens will keep everyone happy for an afternoon.

And my recommendation for a place to stay in the 5th arrondissement would be the beautifully designed and well positioned Hotel du Pantheon, from where you can visit a good part of Paris on foot.

If you missed them, here are my step-by-steps around the other arrondissements so far:

1st arrondissement2nd arrondissement; 3rd arrondissement;   4th  arrondissement;            5th arrondissement6th arrondissement  7th arrondissement;   8th arrondissement;   9th arrondissement


SUSAN, CORLETTE May 18, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Good morning…….
I am so enjoying these posts, as we will be in Paris and the South of France next year twice in 7wks. with a lot more exploring to do. Have been saving all this information as it’s nearly 4 yrs. since we were there……….looking forward to more posts.
Have a lovely day, cheers from Australia,

Vicky from Athens May 18, 2014 - 11:14 pm

My sister and I were in Paris last May and our last dinner before leaving was at La Mediterranee’. I agree with you. Our meal was delicious! I can only hope to return some day!

Colleen Taylor May 18, 2014 - 11:46 pm

What valuable information you are Sharon. That particular hotel looks quite grand & I would ever so love to stay there…convenient too!

Joanne Boulter May 19, 2014 - 12:07 am

Sharon you always seem to amaze me with your wonderful blog. I have just started a new blog Anne’s Attic – Design. Please take the time to visit it. I would love some feed back. A new camera would help but that will have to some in time. I would love it if you would follow my blog I need all the help I can get!
Thanks so much, Joanne XXOO

alison May 19, 2014 - 5:44 am

Thank you so much Sharon, for these wonderful posts! I am saving them as a fantastic insider source to plan our great French adventure in 2016! Thanks again,
Alison from Australia

Justine May 19, 2014 - 9:09 am

Beautiful pictures of Paris:)
Have a lovely week:)

Christina May 19, 2014 - 11:34 am

Just love your Paris posts- we’re going back this summer and trying to hit some more out of the way places – am saving your posts- Merci!

david terry May 19, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Hey Folks,

Paradoxical as it might seem, my two favorite places in the 5th arrondisement are The Irish Cultural Center (which has been on the Rue Irlandais since 1775 or so) and the Grande Mosque of Paris. The latter (closed on Fridays and over-run with tourists every other week-day) has a very beautiful garden. The solution is simple…..go on Sunday morning, and it’s all very peaceful….lovely , in fact. It’s certainly capable of providing a respite from the typically Parisian surfeit of topiaries, boxwood parterres, and marble statues of various goddesses bee-hinds.

Advisedly as ever,
David Terry

Daniela May 19, 2014 - 7:42 pm

I follow you on bloglovin and fb. Wonderful photo and blog!
see you and have a nice day

Sally May 20, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Dear Sharon
Many congratulations on your 200th like on facebook…… I have to comment here ( I dont have fb )…….the video is beautiful can you hear me laughing all the way up in Cheshire ? Gibson and Ghetto are so sweet, I love them & you, you are a constant delight, inspiration and even though we have not met I feel like we are friends. I am also creative, I design and do flowers so we are very well suited!
I found you just about one year ago today ( you had 25,000 on fb I can remember) and every lovely, pretty inspiration filled day since then I have followed you, every post has been a joy to share
Thank you Sharon, so much for everything, you are the best
Very much love to you xxx

Lynne May 22, 2014 - 1:04 am

Dearest Sharon

I am counting down the days for my next trip to Paris….22! Your reviews of the Arrondissements has inspired me to visit some of these delightful, out of the way, nooks and crannies. And of course, I’m going to show a friend around Normandy, thanks to your numerous photographic masterpieces. I can’t wait to get up in the morning and, cup of coffee in hand, pour through your magnificent blog. Hmmmm wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Warmest regards from Southern California


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