Paris - Montparnasse & Southern Paris (PDF Chapter)
This is the Montparnasse & Southern Paris chapter from Lonely Planet’s Paris guidebook.
Tour Montparnasse is an unavoidable sight, but its observation deck offers an unrivalled spot for getting to grips with the lay of the land where some of the early-20th-century’s most seminal artists and writers hung out.
- ignore the 1970s smoked-glass exterior of the un-Parisian skyscraper, Tour Montparnasse, and zip to the top for a glass of Champagne on the terrace while you take in one of the finest panoramas over the city
- prowl the spine-prickling, skull-and-bone-packed subterranean tunnels of Les Catacombes, Paris’ creepy ossuary
- visit the resting places of local luminaries, including Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Serge Gainsbourg in Cimetière du Montparnasse
- restaurants & bars
Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping and Activities.