University courses used to be given in Latin in this part of Paris. Though the language is dead, the student tradition has remained very much alive since the 17th century! Not far from the Timhotel, the Mouffetard district awaits your visit. Get there by taking a route that leads through the Arènes de Lutèce, where you'll discover the 17,000-seat Gallo-Roman amphitheatre built in the 1st century and restored at the end of the 19th century by Capitan. Then you'll reach the picturesque Place de la Contrescarpe before arriving at the famous Rue Mouffetard, a hotspot for student partying in Paris. An evening at the Grenier de Triana or la Casa Pepe will be unforgettable if you like Spain and the Sevillana. You'll also want to try the Mayflower, the Bateau Ivre or the Maison de Verlaine for a taste of quintessential Latin Quarter nightlife.
The Jardin des Plantes comprises nearly 24 hectares. From its grounds you have a view that extends 500 metres up to the Museum of Natural History. Visit Latin America and prehistoric times in its large greenhouses and you'll feel like you're in another world. You won't want to miss the menagerie or the specialized gardens offering you a veritable open-air encyclopaedia of plants that thrive at our latitudes. For an unforgettable experience, go all the way to the museum: it houses 62 million specimens, the world's largest collection!