14th Arrondissement - Montparnasse



Montparnasse was in the 1920s what Montmartre was 20 years before: the cultural centre of Paris and therefore the world. Even at the time, however, one suspects that the Parnassian hill was not as pretty and gently bucolic as the "Hill of Martryrs" a few miles to the north (for one, because the "hill" had already been flattened in medieval times), and urban regeneration has since treated the quarter less than kind. (The area around Montparnasse train station is generally recognized as one of the great disasters of modern townscaping.)

The remnants of Montparnasse's heyday are largely concentrated around Rue Gaiete: remnants such as the Bobino theatre where Josephine Baker once performed her "exotic dances". Hemingway's notorious "men's room encounter" with Scott Fitzgerald took place in the Closerie des Lilas, and many of the watering holes further up the Boulevard

Montparnasse – La Rotonde, Le Select – were equally favourites of the "Lost Generation". Samuel Beckett lived in an apartment on 28 Blvd. St Jacques, and you can still visit him in Paris: on the Montparnasse cemetery where he is buried with many other famous folks (including also a few Americans such as Susan Sontag and the actress Jean Seberg).

Montparnasse was in the 1920s what Montmartre was 20 years before: the cultural centre of Paris and therefore the world.

Even at the time, however, one suspects that the Parnassian hill was not as pretty and gently bucolic as the "Hill of Martryrs" a few miles to the north (for one, because the "hill" had already been flattened in medieval times), and urban regeneration has since treated the quarter less than kind. (The area around Montparnasse train station is generally recognized as one of the great disasters of modern townscaping.)

 

The remnants of Montparnasse's heyday are largely concentrated around Rue Gaiete: remnants such as the Bobino theatre where Josephine Baker once performed her "exotic dances". Hemingway's notorious "men's room encounter" with Scott Fitzgerald  took place in the Closerie des Lilas, and many of the watering holes further up the Boulevard Montparnasse – La Rotonde, Le Select – were equally favourites of the "Lost Generation".

 

Samuel Beckett lived in an apartment on 28 Blvd. St Jacques, and you can still visit him in Paris: on the Montparnasse cemetery where he is buried with many other famous folks (including also a few Americans such as Susan Sontag and the actress Jean Seberg).



Nightlife

Théâtre Rive Gauche
Entrepôt (L')
Café de l'Atelier (Le)
Dome (Le)
UGC Gobelins
Theatre et Cafe d'Edgar
Café des Signes
Cabaret Bobino
Maison Heinrich Heine
Guichet Montparnasse
Vin Et Maree
Indiana Café Club Maine
Theatre Montparnasse
Moulin a Café (Le)
Comedie Italienne
Bar a Huitres (Le)
Rosebud
Parnasse's
Salon Honnorat
Auto Passion Café
Mistral
Studio Raspail
Théâtre de la Gaîté
Pachanga (La)
Mustang Café
Theatre de la Cite Internationale

Attractions

Église Réformée Paris Plaisance
Eglise Saint Dominique
Église Saint-Pierre de Montrouge
Palais des Thes
Centre Sportif Elisabeth
Puces de Vanves
Jardin de l'Atlantique
Piscine Municipale Aspirant Dunand
Maison Heinrich Heine
Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson
Maison de la Villette
Entrepôt (L')
Chapelle des Franciscains
Parc Montsouris (Le)
Cimetière du Montparnasse
Place de Catalogne (La)
Pavillon Suisse
Lion de Denfert (Le)
Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain
Les Catacombes
Maison du Maroc Mosque
Place Jacques Demy
Boulevard Edgar Quinet

Restaurants

Suraj
Dominique
Chez Clément Montparnasse
Contre-Allée (La)
Bar a Huitres (Le)
Vin et Marée
Pachanga (La)
Café de l'Atelier (Le)
Natacha
Indiana Café Club Maine
Crêperie de Josselin
Auto Passion Café
Rosebud
Parnasse's
Marriott Rive Gauche
La Coupole
Dome (Le)
Méridien Montparnasse

Hotels

Hôtel Aiglon
Marriott Rive Gauche
Residence Unic Saint Germain
Hôtel Aiglon
Hôtel Renoir
abba Montparnasse Hotel
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center
Fiap Jean Monnet
Meridien Montparnasse
Hôtel Apollinaire

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