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Paris/14th arrondissement

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Although largely residential, the 14th arrondissement is best known for Montparnasse (both the station and the towering skyscraper (Tour Montparnasse), for the Paris Catacombs and the Parc Montsouris. The Cité Universitaire is also found in this district traditionally known for lively cafés and restaurants around the Boulevard du Montparnasse and the rue Daguerre.

Get in[edit]

Metro 6 and RER B Denfert-Rochereau stop.

See[edit][add listing]

Photo from the Catacombs.
  • Les Catacombes de Paris (The Catacombes of Paris), 1 place Denfert-Rochereau (Métro: Denfert-Rochereau), [1]. open : Tu 11am - 4pm, W-Su 9am - 4pm. closed on Mondays and public holidays. One of the most eye-popping sights of Paris, the Catacombs represent a network of labyrinthine tunnels, first excavated in the Roman period, that now house the remains of over 6 million burials removed here from the various overcrowded cemeteries and charnel houses all over Paris in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Well worth a visit: the atmosphere is suitably morbid and gloomy (without being too scary), the dark tunnels containing neatly stacked piles of skulls and long bones. Admission €12, concessions €10, children 4 and over €5, no credit cards.  edit
  • Parc Montsouris, boulevard Jourdan (RER Cité-Universitaire). Considered one of the most colourful Parisian parks, a local favourite, the Parc Montsouris was opened in 1878, having been designed by Alphand for the Baron Haussmann. A large man-made lake and waterfalls are surrounded by long stretches of gently sloping lawns. Bronze statues are to be found studded around the grounds, amongst the 1,400 trees, including such exotic varieties as the giant sequoia and the ginkgo. The park is featured in the film Cléo de 5 à 7. It is popular among families (there are two playground areas for children) and students.  edit
  • Cimetière de Montparnasse (Montparnasse Cemetary), 3, Bd. Edgar-Quinet (Métro: Edgar-Quinet, Raspail), 01 44 10 86 50. open 16 March - 5 November: Mo - Fr 8am - 6pm, Sa 8.30am - 6pm, Su 9am - 6pm; 6 November - 15 March: Mo - Fr 8am - 5.30pm, Sa 830am - 5.30pm, Su 9.30am - 5.30pm. The burial place of existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, feminist Simone de Beauvoir (both of whom lived nearby), musician Serge Gainsbourg, artist Man Ray, the poets Charles Baudelaire, Guy de Maupassant, Charles Sainte-Beuve and Marguerite Duras, the founders of the Theatre of the Absurd Samuel Becket and Eugene Ionesco, the sculptors Constantin Brancusi and Ossip Zadkine, the composers Camille de Saint-Saens and César Franck, the actresses Maria Montez and Jean Seberg, the French officer Alfred Dreyfus, the founder of the Larousse encyclopedia Pierre Larousse, the constructor André Citroen and many others.  edit
  • Tour Montparnasse, (Right next to the Gare Montparnasse station), [2]. 09.30-22.30. If the queues at the Eiffel Tower are just too much for you and your time is limited, consider a trip up the Montparnasse Tower. This is an office building with an observation and shopping area on the 56th floor, where the elevators stop, and an open viewing area on the roof. Arguably the view is better than from the Eiffel Tower: you are not so high up so things are more visible, and you can see the Eiffel Tower! €11.50, with discounts. Children under 7 are free of charge.  edit
  • Port Royal, 123, Bd. de Port-Royal.  edit
  • Observatoire, 61, Ave. de l'Observatoire, entrance: 77, Avenue Denfert-Rochereau (RER B: Denfert Rochereau, Métro: Royal Port(Bearing) or Denfert-Rochereau.),, [3]. The observatory was erected by Claude Perrault from 1667 to 1672 by order of Colbert. The building is oriented to the four directions. It is crossed in the center by the Paris meridain (2o 20' 14 East of Greenwich). The observatory is not open to the public.  edit
  • Barriére de l'Enfer, Place Denfert-Rochereau (Métro: Denfert-Rochereau). The two pavillions were built in 1784 to 1787 by the French architect Claude-Nicolas Ledoux. who erected many similar toll houses at the entrances to the city.  edit
  • Balzac Monument, Bd. Raspail/Bd. du Montparnasse.  edit
  • Fondation Henri-Cartier-Bresson, 2, Impasse Lebouis (Métro 13 Gaitè, 6 Edgar Guinet, Bus 28, 58 or 88), 01 56 80 27 00, [4]. Tue to Sun 1pm to 6.30pm, Wed until 8,30pm. € 6.  edit
  • Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (C.I.U.P.), (RER B Cité Universitaire,), [5]. The C.I.U.P. is a student quarter founded in 1925, providing homes for about 10.000 students, scientists and artists from 120 countries. It has 40 houses attributed to individual nations. The individual hoses organize top quality cultural and political events. Among the most remarkable buildings are the Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, the Heinrich Heine House (Maison Heinrich Heine - Fondation de l'Allemagne), the Swedish Student House (Maison des Etudiants Suédois) and the Swiss Pavillion (Pavillon Suisse) which was built in 1933 on plans of Le Corbusier.  edit
  • Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art (Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain), 261 Bd.Raspail (Métro: Raspail), 01 42185651, [6]. Tue 11am to 10pm, Wed to Sun 11am to 8pm, Mon closed. The Cartier Foundation is a museum of contemporary art. It was founded in 1984 by the well known jewel and watch manufacturer Cartier. In 1994 it moved to the new building erected on plans of the architect Jean Nouvel. € 9.50.  edit
  • Lion of Belfort, Place Denfert-Rochereau. This is a bronze replica in smaller scale of a monument created by Bartholdi, the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty in New York, in order to commemorate Denfert-Rochereau, who defended the city of Paris in the 1870/71 war  edit

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There are a number of cheap eateries around Montparnasse, especially Breton crêperies. The district is also known for its traditional bistros.

  • La Coupole, 102 boulevard du Montparnasse (Métro: Vavin), +33 1 43 20 14 20. open 8.30 am - 1 am, closed Sundays. The famous Art Deco brasserie, convenient for a quick meal before / after a train journey to / from Montparnasse station. Average plate €35-40, all cards accepted.  edit
  • Le Zeyer, Place d'Alesia (Métro: Alesia). open 8.30 am - 1 am. Another famous Art Deco-style brasserie. Average plate €20-40, all cards accepted.  edit
  • Zango, 58 rue Daguerre (Métro: Denfert Rochereau), +33 1 43 20 21 59, [7]. Named for the traveller's tree, used by nomads to guide their desert crossings, this "world food" restaurant has an atmosphere dedicated to travel and exploration. Their bookshelf is crammed with a huge selection of travel guides and magazines, grab one and enjoy over a delicious brunch. €13-15 main course, €22-26 set dinner menu.  edit
  • Aquarius, 40 rue Gergovie (Métro: Pernety), +33 1 45 41 36 88. By all reports a nice casual 100% vegetarian restaurant with excellent hummus among other offerings.  edit
Map of the 14th Arrondissement
  • Le Moulin Vert.  edit
  • Le Bis du Severo, 16, Rue des Plantes (Métro: Mouton Duvernet), 01 40447309. closed Sat evening, Sun and Mon lunch, 2 weeks in April, August and 24 Dec to 3 Jan. € 25 (lunch at weekdays), € 30 to 60 (dinner a la carte).  edit
  • Les Grillades de Buenos Aires, 54 Rue de Montparnasse, 0143215674. 12 noon - 2pm lunch, 7:45-11 dinner, closed Sunday. Small and intimate Argentinian restaurant. Amazing steaks - everything about the food is wonderful. €28 per main.  edit
  • L'Amuse Bouche, 186 Rue du Château (Métro: Mouton Duvernet), 0143353161. closed Sun, Mon and Aug 1 to 20. Cheese soufflés (soufflé au fromage) and Soufflé au Grand Marnier sont highly recommended. € 35,-.  edit
  • L'Assiette, 181, Rue du Château (Métro: Mouton Duvernet), 01 43226486, [8]. closed Mon , Tue, 3 weeks in August. Reservation highly recommended € 35-55.  edit
  • L'Atelier d'Antan, 9 Rue L.-Robert (Métro; Raspail), 01 43213619. closed Sat lunch and Sun. € 20 (lunch)m, € 33 (dinner).  edit
  • Bistot du Dôme, 1 Rue Delambre (Métro: Vavin), 01 43353200. closed Sun, Mon in August. specialised on seafood € 50.  edit
  • La Cagouille, 10, Place Constantin-Brancusi (Métro: Gaité), 01 53220901, [9]. menu € 38 including drinks, a la carte from € 35 to 60.  edit
  • La Cantine du Troquet, 101 Rue de l'Ouest (Métro: Pernety). closed Sat, Sun. € 30.  edit
  • La Cerisaie, 60 Bd. E.-Quniet (Métro: Edgar Quinet), 01 43209898. closed Sat, Sun, mid July to mid August, Dec 20 to Jan4. Reservation highly recommended € 32 to 40.  edit
  • Le Dôme, 108 Bd. Montparnasse (Métro: Vavin), 01 43 35 25 81. closed Sun, Mon in Jul and Aug. € 75 to 140.  edit
  • Le Duc, 243 bd Raspail (etro:Raspail), 01 43 22 59 59. closed Sun, Mon, 3 weeks in Aug, Dec24 to Jan3. set lunch € 49, dinner a la carte € 60 to 150.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Hotel Formula 1, 23 Ave de la Porte de Chatillon (go to Port D'orleans metro, then 3 blocks west and one block south). checkin: Noon; checkout: Noon. Dirt cheap private rooms, close enough to the metro to make it worth it. Rooms are very clean, and have TV, free wifi, and washbasin only. Shared showers and toilets. The showers are fine...but, there are no toilet-seats and no urinals (thus, the shared toilets get very nasty, very fast), so the quality of the bathrooms may keep this hotel chain out of reach for serious germ-a-phobes. It is, nevertheless, cheaper for two people to stay here than just about any youth hostel in Paris. Nice and safe neighborhood, too, with several supermarkets and kebab vendors for eats. €48.  edit


  • Marriott Rive Gauche. A nice hotel and is well located between the St Jacques and Glaciere metro stations (no more than 2 blocks to each), and very convenient with a nearby grocery, patisserie for bread etc. near Glaciere and several cafés. Very friendly staff. €270/ night.  edit
  • L'hôtel du Lion, [10]. A lovely privately owned, 2 star hotel. On Place Denfert-Rochereau, near Montparnasse. Metro stations are nearby and it perfectly situated for sight-seeing. From €70..  edit
  • Hotel Aiglon, 232 boulevard Raspail, [11]. Bunuel and Giacometti stayed in this hotel which offers a vast view and beautiful light just next to the metro.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Paris Montparnasse, 79 - 81 Avenue du Maine 75014 Paris, [12]. Only a couple of minutes from Montparnasse station and Montparnasse Tower, the hotel caters for both the business traveler and general visitors.  edit
  • Hotel Sophie Germain, 12 rue sophie egrmain 75014 Paris (Near Place Denfert-Rochereau, a few minutes away from Montparnasse train station and the Latin Quarter.), +33 1 43 21 43 75 (), [13]. From €90..  edit
  • Le Meridien Montparnasse 19 Rue du Commandant Mouchotte. Nearest station - Gaite. Big American hotel with well sized rooms and amazing views. Mid-range. Excellent location. Just don't eat or drink in the hotel bars - extortionate. Plenty of brilliant bars and restaurants in the surrouding area, and a small supermarket next door.

Boutique Hotel[edit]

  • Hotel Le M****, 20 bis, rue de la Gaîté (Near Montparnasse, Metro station Gaité, Montparnasse or Edgar Quiné), +33 1 40 47 48 4 (), [14]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12. Hotel le M is located in the heart of rue de la Gaîté,100 m from Gare Montparnasse and Tour Montparnasse, very close to Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Luxembourg Gardens. The hotel offers 59 fully renovated, comfortable and soundproofed rooms, in an elegant and designer setting. The Le M Hotel is perfect for a business trip, a romantic getaway, or a family weekend.getaway. From €120. (48.839792,2.323609) edit


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