The Great Restaurants

Between Montparnasse cemetery, Place Denfert-Rochereau and the Aiglon Hotel, the Montparnasse quarter still has all the panache of the 1920s.

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A working-class district in the 19th century, the Montparnasse quarter was the haunt of many international artists, who helped forge its creative atmosphere and the festive spirit of its mythical restaurants.

 

A festive district in the 19th century

 

Once called “Mont Parnasse” by students, in reference to Greek mythology and the hill that once stood there, this working-class district quickly became a dynamic and lively artistic area from the late 19th century. Largely snubbed by the Parisians, the Montparnasse quarter attracted many international artists who moved here for the very low rents. Here you might meet Pablo Picasso, Hemingway, James Joyce, Joan Miro or Guillaume Apollinaire.

 

The quarter officially became the home and workplace of such artists as Ossip Zadkine and Antoine Bourdelle during the 20th century. While the district has become gentrified over the years, it has kept its festive, village atmosphere thanks to its little streets and its cafés. Its greatest restaurants and brasseries from the past century give visitors the chance to journey back in time and follow in the footsteps of the artists of the period.

 

The great restaurants that are now institutions

 

At the heart of the Montparnasse quarter, at the Aiglon Hotel we invite you to visit these now-mythical restaurants. La Coupole, a temple of Art Déco, was painted by 27 artists in 1927. Among the regulars at this sumptuous restaurant were Man Ray, Josephine Baker, Picasso, Marc Chagall and Edith Piaf. A restaurant loved by 19th century intellectuals for its intimate, piano-bar atmosphere, La Closerie des Lilas has counted among its clients Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and Amedeo Modigliani. Lastly, the Dôme has become a genuine institution in Paris with its wood paneling and Art-Deco style stained glass windows. The restaurant has welcomed a host of famous politicians and writers, nicknamed the “Dômiers”, including Max Ernst, Paul Gauguin, Ernest Hemingway and Lenin. They have all left an atmospheric trace that can be appreciated during a delicious meal.

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La Closerie des Lilas
“Since the 1940s, a haunt for Paris’s artistic and political personalities, and much appreciated for its jazz, piano-bar atmosphere…”
171 Boulevard du Montparnasse - 75006 Paris
Tel: +33(0)1 40 51 34 50
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L'Opportun
“Discover the best wines from Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône with some great Lyon regional specialities.”
62 Bd Edgar Quinet – 75014 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 20 26 89
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