Paris Montparnasse

Montparnasse: activities and experiences with locals

Montparnasse is a bohemian neighborhood in Paris located by the Seine River, which became famous during the 1920s for being a refuge for artists and a cultural epicenter of the city. The neighborhood is famous also for its varied cuisine materialized in a lot of cafes and restaurants such as Breton, a famous creperie located a few blocks from the Gare Montparnasse. The district`s "golden age" was during the period after World War I, when it became the center of Paris artistic life. In Montparnasse bars and cafes gatherings and debates were organized led by prominent intellectuals like Ernst Hemingway. The neighborhood soon became a haven for artists and intellectuals of the time, and was frequented by American intellectuals who migrated to Europe after the war. Montparnasse also became home for famous political exiles such as Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and Porfirio Diaz. World War II forced the dispersal of these intellectuals and artists, and since then the area has never been able to regain its former glory. Today in the neighborhood you can visit the Musée du Montparnasse which features the neighborhood`s rich artistic history, Montparnasse Cemetery where the graves of Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Julio Cortázar are located and the Montparnasse Tower, an impressive skyscraper which offers incredible panoramic views of Paris.
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