Montparnasse

Postal Code 75014
Once the epicenter of a thriving artistic and literary scene in the “Années Folles” (the “Roaring Twenties”), Montparnasse has retained its cultural flair with many artist workshops and brasseries lining up around Vavin, leaving traces of its famous residents, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Chagall, and Modigliani to name a few… Following the Boulevard Raspail south, you’ll pass by La Fondation Cartier, before ending up at Denfert-Rochereau. The square here is known for its gigantic lion statue, but perhaps most of all for the Paris Catacombs which attract thousands of tourists seeking a macabre sightseeing experience.

Map of Montparnasse

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Montparnasse Paris neighborhood map

Encompassing the entire 14th arrondissement, from the Gare de Montparnasse on the east to Denfert-Rochereau on the west, up to Vavin on the north and down south to the city limits, this big district has a bit of everything.

Main metro stations in the Montparnasse neighborhood:

  • Vavin (Line 4)
  • Montparnasse (Lines 4, 6, 12, 13)
  • Denfert-Rochereau (Lines 4, 6, RER B)
  • Alésia (Line 4)

The Must-Sees Near Montparnasse

WHAT NOT TO MISS IN THIS PARIS NEIGHBORHOOD
  • Montparnasse Tower in Paris's 14th arrondissement

    Surely you shouldn’t miss the view from the highest point in Paris, on top of the Montparnasse Tower

  • Tomb in the Montparnasse Cemetery

    The Montparnasse Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous French writers and philosophers

  • Fondation Cartier

    La Fondation Cartier on Boulevard Raspail is a small but beautiful exhibition center

  • Skulls and bones piled up in the Paris Catacombs

    At Denfert-Rochereau, the Paris Catacombs are a must-see for gothic thrill seekers

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Life in the Neighborhood

By guillaume

“When we first settled in Paris, we moved into a small flat in the Montparnasse area, on a busy street known as ‘La Rue des Crêpes’ for the numerous little crêperies there. It was our first experience of Paris, and instead of the hostile, rushed, noisy life that we had been dreading — a common fear of Provincial people moving to the capital city — we found a vibrant, friendly neighborhood with an atmosphere and a spirit all of its own. We love to return to reminisce whenever we feel a bit nostalgic about the good ol’ days.

For those first years, the Edgar Quinet metro station was the center of our world. From there, we could see the Montparnasse tower standing like a giant 2001-A-Space-Odyssey-style black monolith at the end of the tree-lined boulevard. The café terraces near the metro station were perhaps the best place in Paris to admire a golden sunset during a summer evening apéro. Our favorite spot was and still is le Café de la Place with its Golden Twenties flair and warm, welcoming atmosphere.”

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