The Latin quarter is made up of Paris's 5th and 6th arrondissements. Its name originates from the fact that it is (and has been for centuries) the university quarter, Latin being the language of scholars. In the area you'll see the prestigious university of la Sorbonne and many other important colleges which explain why the streets and terrace cafés are always full of students.
As you go down boulevard Saint-Michel you will pass by busy shops before finding yourself at the impressive Fontaine Saint Michel. This fountain was an idea conceived by Baron Haussmann, and it was designed to hide a rather unattractive building facade. The fountain itself depicts the Archangel Michael fighting against the Devil.
Today it is a popular meeting spot for young people, and the area is good for dining out or enjoying an aperitif at one of the many cafes with outside seating.