The comings and goings of the Gare Montparnasse and its historic brasseries keep things lively. Southwest of place d’Italie, rue de la Butte aux Cailles and the surrounding Butte aux Cailles molehill have a plethora of fabulous options popular with students and locals; places here have a loyal clientele and lack the pretension of more trendsetting neighbourhoods.

Especially in summer, you can't beat the floating bars and clubs on the Seine.