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The 14th Arrondissement
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.

The Must-Sees Near Montparnasse

  • 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

The Best Ways To Relax Around Montparnasse

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Map of the Montparnasse Neighborhood

Discover the district with our bird’s-eye-view map
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)
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Life in the Neighborhood

By Guillaume

When you live in Paris, you might not often head to the Eiffel Tower for a touristic walk. Believe it or not, a lot of Parisians have never gone up the tower to admire the view or to take a traditional selfie shot up there. But when you live in Paris, la Tour Eiffel is always with you, accompanying your every movement no matter your whereabouts, always peeking its head over the rooftops.