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Top Choice Cemetery in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Les Catacombes

Paris’ most macabre sight is its underground tunnels lined with skulls and bones. In 1785 it was decided to rectify the hygiene problems of Paris’ overflowing cemeteries by exhuming the bones and storing them in dis…
Top Choice Pastries in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Ladurée Picnic

The first of its kind, Ladurée Picnic specialises in just that – picnics, albeit exceedingly fine, gourmet picnics to take away in the famous patisserie's signature peppermint-green packaging. Luxury salads include …
Top Choice Research Centre in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Station F

The world's largest start-up campus was unveiled with much pomp and ceremony by French president, Emmanuel Macron, in mid-2017. At any one time, some 3000 resident entrepreneurs from all over the world beaver away o…
Top Choice Arts Center in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

EP7

It is impossible to miss the façade of this brand new cultural cafe and concert venue – the capital's first piece of 'interactive architecture', unveiled in early 2018. Contemporary works of pixel art prance across …
Top Choice Bistro in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Le Saut du Crapaud

Locals pack out this quirky neighbourhood bistro, showcase for the casual Franco-Mexican cuisine of Mexican banker-turned-chef Marco Paz. Cooking pots and guitars adorn the stylish vintage interior and the menu feat…
Top Choice Cemetery in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Cimetière du Montparnasse

This 19-hectare cemetery opened in 1824 and is Paris’ second largest after Père Lachaise. Famous residents include writer Guy de Maupassant, playwright Samuel Beckett, sculptor Constantin Brancusi, photographer Man …
Top Choice Modern French in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Le Cassenoix

The Nutcracker is everything a self-respecting neighbourhood bistro should be. 'Tradition et terroir' (tradition and regional produce) dictate the menu that inspires owner-chef Pierre Olivier Lenormand to deliver fe…
Top Choice Homewares in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Storie

Beautiful objects with une histoire (a story) is what this backstreet boutique where hand-woven Mongolian rugs languish next to silk and cashmere from Afghanistan and Peacebomb jewellery from Laos is all about. Item…
Top Choice Bistro in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Le Beurre Noisette

Beurre noisette (brown butter sauce, named for its hazelnut colour) features in dishes such as tender veal loin with homemade fries and caramelised pork belly tender with braised red cabbage and apple at pedigreed c…
Top Choice Club in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Le Batofar

Closed for renovation when we visited, this much-loved, red-metal tugboat promises to be even more fabulous when it reopens. Its rooftop bar is a place to be seen in summer; it has a respected restaurant; and its cl…