Paris - Hidden Gems of the 5th district

Hidden Gems of the 5th district

Paris 5th district , Paris, France
45 mins

About the tour

In this tour, we will go off the beaten tracks to explore a part of the 5th arrondissement (district) that has a lot to offer even if is often missed by the visitors. Starting Place de la Contrescarpe, we will walk down the Mouffetard street, one of the oldest in Paris and discover its great food stores, restaurants and stories such as the one of a huge treasure of gold coins found in 1938. Then Florent will take you to one of his favorite place in Paris, the Jardin des Plantes, the oldest botanic garden of Paris founded in 1626 which contain remarkable plants, buildings and greenhouses. The next step will be the oldest building in Paris, totally hidden from the streets: the Roman arenas of Lutetia. Paris was founded by the Romans in 51 BC under the name Lutetia and, at the time, the city had one of the largest arena of Gaul which could contain more than 15000 people! We will hear the stories of the gladiators and how people lived at the time of the Romans. We will see how this place, thank to Victor Hugo amongst others, was miraculously preserved and saved from destruction in the 1880’s. Follow your guide to discover an unseen Paris!

Meet your local guide


It's an understatement to say Florent knows Paris. Born in this wonderful city, Florent says he confidently knows every nook and cranny. Having completed over 2000 tours, we believe him. He's a self-declared history, art, and archaeology fan. What he loves most is sharing the best parts (and secrets) of Paris with you! “In French, if you add two letters to Paris, it becomes Paradis (Paradise in English)” he laughs. And paradise, it truly is. Be it exploring Paris' gastronomical delights or catching an auction, walking along the River Seine (which Florent gallantly swam), exploring spots where Hemingway lived or its sprawling gardens, Florent takes you on an exciting tour through his favorite city. “I love sharing my discoveries, explaining the boisterous history of Paris and showing places that are very hard to find otherwise, and of course getting to know new people every day!” Florent says.

Florent has been guiding since Aug 2010

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Paris with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Paris. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

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