Comprising the legendary Montparnasse district, once home to a lively arts and literature scene in the roaring 1920s, the 14th arrondissement of Paris has a lot to offer tourists and residents alike. From the Catacombs Museum to the Parc Montsouris, discover the 14th arrondissement in southern Paris on your next vacation to France.
Although one of the newer districts of Paris, this area is rich with cultural and political history and home to many artists and makers that provide a bustling nightlife and arts scene in the 14th arrondissement.
The 14th arrondissement was the final home of famous writer Samuel Beckett. Visitors can tour the neighborhood he walked in his last days as well as visiting several other notable historic sites; whether you're taking a guided tour through old buildings or strolling casually alone through the open-air markets, you'll find something to do in this unique district.
Main Sights and Attractions
The Montparnasse tower is the most iconic feature of the 14th arrondissement, and the whole neighborhood offers views of this 56-story office building that was the tallest skyscraper in France until 2011. Nearby, you can wander through the Montparnasse Cemetery and visit gravesites that date back centuries.
Speaking of graves, the Paris Catacombs Museum is one of the biggest draws in the area, providing guests a look into the very crypts that inspired "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, who spent a good deal of time in Paris in the 1800s.
For art enthusiasts, you can visit the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain (the Cartier Contemporary Art Foundation) or the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, which is dedicated to photography.
For a more outdoorsy adventure, visit the Parc Montsouris, whose lavish botanical gardens and wide open spaces offer a place to escape the city for a day of relaxation with friends while the Rue Daguerre provides a pedestrian street market for tourists to browse artisanal shops.
Other major attractions include the university campus housing at Cité Universitaire, which features architecture from the different eras and ownership of Paris, and the Musée Jean Moulin, a tribute to the French resistance hero.
Accommodations and Restaurants
There are also a great number of places to stay and eat in the 14th arrondissement, which can range from relatively cheap to downright expensive, so there's something for everyone in this district, regardless of your budget.
For those trying to save money, the Hotel Formula 1 offers budget accommodations, however, the bathrooms are shared while L'hôtel du Lion, the Hotel Aiglon, and the Hotel Sophie Germain offer mid-range options and the Pullman Paris Montparnasse offers high-end, luxury rooms for those who don't need to pinch their pennies.
If you're looking for a bite to eat while wandering around the district, there's no shortage of fantastic restaurants, diners, and cafes to explore. L'Amuse Bouche, Aquarius, Le Bis du Severo, and La Cerisaie all offer great ambiance for mid-range prices, and if you want to get a little extra fancy, check out Le Dôme or Le Duc.