Montparnasse is an authentic and vibrant neighborhood, which was once flocked with writers and artists. The area on the Left Bank retains several reminders of Paris’s bohemian past. It boasts foodie streets, leafy parks, and cultural sites. The Gare Montparnasse station and the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper are popular. However, there is more to this effervescent and thriving quarter, as this guide shows.
Get to the Montparnasse Tower’s observation deck for 360-degree panoramas. It is a simple way to be oriented. In addition, the observation deck of Tour Montparnasse boasts stunning views Of the Eiffel Tower. You can look straight at the “Iron Lady” from Tour Montparnasse’s 59th level observation deck, and it is the best view you can hope to find in Paris. You can have champagne at the observation floor, perfect for when the Eiffel Tower lights up in the evening.
A Paris private tour will only be complete with a trip to the Catacombs, a labyrinth of spooky underground tunnels. If you are a history buff, just wander this mazy passage, consecrated back in 1786, holding the human bones of millions. It took more than 10 years for the bones to be moved from cemeteries to the underground ossuaries in France. Today, it is a tourist attraction.
The legendary hangouts of Montparnasse have kept their retro charm. The restaurant named La Coupole is decorated in the Art Deco architecture style. The café named “Le Dôme” was popular with well-educated Anglo-Americans with interest in literature, and it is an upscale fish restaurant today. Famous people like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, and Mick Jagger visited the brasserie, piano bar, and restaurant named La Closerie des Lilas.
Stroll around the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement, bordering the 14th the administrative district that contains most of Montparnasse. The 17th-century park has English- and French-style formal gardens, fountains, lakes, and statues.
For a picnic, head to the pretty Jardin des Grands Explorateurs. The Luxembourg Palace makes for a backdrop to grand photos, the kinds of which you can keep to remember your Paris tour in future.
Rue de la Gaîté is a charming street, once known for its cabarets, which is home to many theaters. Catch a show at a small theater here. Reserve tickets for “music hall” variety program at Bobino to experience the enchanting spirit and song of Montparnasse.