This quarter, straddling the 14th and 15th arrondissements, is a commercial mix of shopping, movie theaters, crêperies and bistros surrounding the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper and the Montparnasse train station. Echoes remain of the gritty/glam Paris of Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin here at the old-school ~but not corrupted~ big, old, Parisian cafés like La Rotonde, Le Select, Café du Dome, La Coupole.…the best places to have a glass of wine or a seafood platter and imagine yourself as courageously perverted as the Parisian avant-garde of the 1930s. Of course, the main attraction of this quarter is the Catacombs, where the remains of more than six million humans call this maze of former stone quarries ‘home’. 

coffee shops

High Soci­ethé

Hexa­gone Café

Shi­ba Café

Pierre Her­mé

bakeries + sweets


Le Plomb du Cantal

Olive Chick­en

Mosuke par Mory Sacko



Mama Shel­ter Paris West

museums + culture

Fon­da­tion Carti­er de l’Orangerie

Musée Bour­delle



food markets

Marché Edgar Quinet

Boule­vard Edgar Quinet
Open: Wed — 7a to 1:30p; Sat — 7a to 2:30p

Marché Biologique Bran­cusi (organ­ic)

Place Con­stan­tin Bran­cusi
Open: Sat — 9a to 1p

Marché Cer­vantes

60 rue Bar­gue
Open: Wed — 7a to 1:30p; Sat — 7a to 2:30p