The Left Bank is one of the city's most romantic districts. This is the Paris of another era, the Paris of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and dozens of other members of the great artistic community at Montparnasse.
More than simply a geographical region, the Left Bank has become a name for a particular style of life, fashion, or "look". Some of its famous streets are the Boulevards Saint Germain des Prés, Saint Michel, and the Rue d'Ulm.
The Latin Quarter is a Left Bank region in the 5th arrondissement so named because it has been the center of Paris' university life for over seven hundred years.
Compare with Right Bank for additional facts about Paris.