You have probably heard of Montparnasse’s famous tower and train station, but the 14th arrondissement of Paris is full of many other great places to discover and cultural activities to enjoy…
Visit the Montparnasse district
The area is dominated by the 210m Montparnasse Tower and it is possible to «climb» its 59 floors using the fastest elevator in Europe … in just 38 seconds! You can then enjoy the best view of Paris on the roof terrace, which provides a 360 ° panoramic view of Paris.
Admire the most beautiful monuments in Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré Coeur and the Louvre with a unique sight according to the time of day (open daily from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. / 11:30 p.m.).
At the bottom of the Montparnasse Tower is the heart of the neighbourhood where you will find cinemas, pubs, crêperies, restaurants and many high-street fashion boutiques, such as those in the annexe at the Galeries Lafayette and the rue de Rennes, where you will find the major brands of high-street fashion (Zara, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Gap, The Kooples and many others …).
Many theaters and cafes can also be found on the Rue de la Gait, which is part of the Historical Axis where artists, including as Apollinaire, Matisse and Henri Rousseau, once congregated.
Visit the museums of Montparnasse
If you are a fan of sculpture, this museum is for you. It is entirely dedicated to the life of the sculptor and is in a workshop. There are also works by Héraklès Archer in the hall of the museum, which looks out onto a garden that offers a quiet, pleasant oasis in the midst of this bustling neighborhood. Access to permanent collections is free all year round.
- Address: 18 rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris 15ème
- Transport: Subway 4, 6, 12, 13: Montparnasse-Bienvenüe metro station or 12: Falguière station
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm
Musée de La Poste
This museum has 11 halls of permanent collections, 4 temporary exhibition rooms and a gallery of 600 m2. It presents the fascinating history of the French postal system and its workers, displaying the different uniforms and equipment used in the past.
- Address: 34 Boulevard de Vaugirard 15th
- Transport: Subway 4, 6, 12, 13: Montparnasse-Bienvenüe station
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 18pm (closed Sundays and holidays)
Eat and drink in Montparnasse
At the heart of the Montparnasse district, close to the station, Le Kamelo bar is the perfect venue, whether you are on your own or meeting friends – to chat, catch up and have a good time in a cosy atmosphere.
You will certainly enjoy their platters and delicious burgers, and sipping down their superb cocktails during the happy hour that lasts until 10pm (19 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, 75014 Paris).
For all ages: L’Hippopotamus is near the Bourdelle Museum. This branch of the steak house is convenient and ideal if you’ve got children with you.
Le Ciel de Paris
Located on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower, the restaurant “Le Ciel de Paris” is a unique setting that offers a panoramic view of Paris. Experience the mouthwatering creations of the chef, Marchais, such as his Scottish smoked salmon or white asparagus and poached egg.