A walk in the 5th district
Article published in April 2020
Taste a pancake on rue Mouffetard, treat yourself to a screen-printed poster, visit movie sets… From the little meals of the heroine of the film Julie & Julia to the prestigious high schools, the 5th district is made up of passions and great vocations! Follow us and discover some glimpses of its enchanting neighborhoods…
At The Place To Be France, we love to rediscover some of the most beautiful Parisian places through cinema: what could be better than a vibrant narrative, to discover the whole soul and beauty of a neighborhood?
In the superb Julie & Julia movie, the charming places and beautiful areas of Paris’ 5th district – the oldest of them all – set the tone for a mischievous and inspiring Meryl Streep… In this true story, she becomes Julia Child, an American who came to live in Paris with her husband in the 1950s, and who discovered for the first time the taste of a sole meunière and pouilly-fumé. A complete revelation! From there begins a great adventure! From a simple lover of good French meals, Julia Child becomes a student in cooking, to the point of becoming the author of the most popular cookbook ever sold in the United States, an absolute bestseller: Mastering the Art of French Cooking!
This inspiring story is both, a beautiful tribute to the real Julia Child, and to the superb decor offered by the 5th district. Immutable, secret, fascinating… from Val de Grâce to Saint-Victor, passing through the Jardin des Plantes, the 5th district is a Mecca of conviviality and excellence. Here are philosophical and literary careers, prestigious diplomas from the School of Polytechnic or in chemistry are blossoming. Passion and eductaion are closely mixed in la Sorbonne district, a concentration of many great schools, with an abundant student life! Let’s discover some of the characteristic places of that 5th district, whether they were those of Meryl Streep, Julia Child or any lover of these neighborhoods… they tell us something about this eternal Paris joie-de-vivre which has no equal elsewhere. And certainly not the same flavor!
Let’s start our walk on Quai de Montebello, overlooking the Île de la Cité. Let’s go near the famous Shakespeare & Co shop: it is the Paris American bookstore the most frequented by English speakers. All made in wood and with well-stocked shelves. The famous cookbook of Mrs. Child is obviously well placed for everyone to see. It is tempting to follow the Seine to the opposite of Île Saint-Louis, and to enter the Institut du Monde Arabe, on the edge of Quai Saint Bernard. This large building covered with mashrabiya ingenious movable openings offers fascinating exhibitions,and a breathtaking view from its panoramic terrace…The 5th district also offers to climb in altitude from its oldest historic center: the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, at a high of 61m where the Pantheon rises. Let’s go! Let’s go back along the peaceful boulevard Saint-Germain, to catch rue Monge via rue des Bernardins. You have to look up to appreciate the pediments of its chiseled doors, or the admirable brickwork and ironwork of the balconies of building number 17! When you arrive at rue Monge, don’t forget observing the bakery at number 14: its storefront is listed as a Historic Monument! No doubt, we are in a cinema setting…
Rue Monge and its famous tree-lined square, where the market stalls of fresh fruit and vegetables have brought together fine gourmets and residents of the neighborhood since 1921, ends with the perpendicular rue Rollin. The philosopher René Descartes had taken up residence in this beautiful paved path all in straight lines … just like Olivia, a student at the Arts Decoratifs Arts de Paris, for whom we found an adorable two-room apartment so she could continue her studies in the best possible conditions.
Her parents, Frédérique and Marc, are waiting to make it their own cozy pied-à-terre when their daughter graduates. A family project close to their hearts! The property that stroke them? A 31 m2 south-west facing studio, bathed by daylight and tastefully renovated: Aremberg panel parquet, optimized furnishings and quality materials, in this so calm and soothing street … just a stone’s throw away from everything! For the price of 512,000 euros, i.e. around 16,500 euros per m2, Frédérique and Marc’s apartment is in the middle range of this district, where properties prices vary between 13,000 and 19,000 euros per m2. Those are investments of unrivaled reliability… as we are in one of the oldest districts of Paris!
Let’s continue to walk in rue Lacépède, parallel to rue Rollin. Fully green in summer time, it connects Jardin des Plantes to place de la Contrescarpe. This street is home to the Louis Rozen Bookstore-Gallery. Its fascinating owner shares his latest discoveries, and his collection of screen-printed posters from the seventies has seduced many of our customers fond of those exclusive decorations, signed and numbered. Arriving on the Place de la Contrescarpe, after a nice and pleasnt climb, why not having a drink at one of the sunny terraces. And why not treat yourself to a pancake on rue Mouffetard? They are simply delicious…
Finally we arrive at the feet of the Pantheon … let’s turn around to admire the beautiful Saint-Etienne-du-Mont church, at the feet of the Place de l’Abbé Basset, one of Julie & Julia’s set. There are so many of those places we could visit, but we chose rue du Haut-Pavé as it is very close from where we started from. It houses a magnificent tapestry shop with a lovely storefront: La Bûcherie… a store proposing to combine elegance with small extravagances, hence reinventing its interior!
And you, which part of 5th district makes you dream? Its sparkling atmosphere like it did for Julia Child? Tell us where you want to live and we will find you this special neighborhood you are looking for! Tell where you want to invest and we will make sure you earn as much as possible Because at The Place To Be France our skill is to hunt and find exactly what you are wishing for.