DISCOVER MONTPARNASSE, THE ORIGINIAL ARTISTIC DISTRICT AND TURNING POINT FOR PARISIAN CULTURAL HISTORY
The Montparnasse Tower dominates the whole district with its mighty height of 210 metres. Well known as the artists district, Montparnasse was frequently visited by many major artists of the 20th Century, such as Picasso, Soutine, Foujita, Modigliani, Braque, Man Ray... From this rich past, Montparnasse has thus conserved artist workshops, famous cafés and infamous brasseries, such as the Closerie des Lilas or the Dôme. This Parisian distrct boasts important cultural settings with several points of interest such as the Panoramic Observatory of the Montparnasse Tower, the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens, the Montparnasse cemetery, the key entrance into the Catacombes, the Bourdelle Museum, the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, and many more.
The gardens, which cover 25 hectares of land, are split into French gardens and English gardens. Between the two lies a geometric forest and a large pond. There is also an orchard, an apiary, spacious greenhouses each blossoming with a collection of breathtaking orchids and rose gardens. So, in conclusion, the only thing you must do in the Luxembourg gardens is to relax, stroll around the gardens, and admire their beauty!
A restaurant, brasserie and piano bar, La Closerie des Lilas is one of the capital's legendary venues. Since it was created in 1847, the establishment has received artistic and intellectual clients: Émile Zola, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway and more recently Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. Inside, it is chic and cosy, with mosaic flooring and red imitation leather seats where you can enjoy a typical Parisian brasserie cuisine.
During your stay at the Villa Montparnasse, don’t miss the Rue de la Gaité : a mecca of artistic creation, boasting several theatres. With numerous music halls, shows and cabarets – discover and rediscover the buzzing atmosphere which has been enjoyed since the 19th century and has given the street its current day reputation.