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THE MONTPARNASSE DISTRICT

Montparnasse had its heyday in the 1920s (the French "Années Folles") when many painters came and lived within the district: Dali, Modigliani, Picasso, Zadkine, Fitzgerald and Man Ray, among others, were notably part of a dynamic community. They were lured by low rent for lodging and workshops.

The "Montparnos" then form an artistic community and frequent the now legendary bistros and cafés: the Dome, the Closerie des Lilas, La Coupole, the Select ... whose creative atmosphere is still perceptible!

 

 The 14th arrondissement, little known, offers many surprises: its theaters around the Gaieté Street, the calm of a walk to the Montparnasse cemetery where rest Baudelaire, Sartre or Beauvoir ... Contemporary art with the Cartier Foundation. Not forgetting the Montparnasse tower and its panoramic view over Paris, or even the Catacombs, for an unusual underground visit. Shoppers will borrow the rue de Rennes superb street with shops of all brands that connects Gare Montparnasse to Saint-Germain-des-Pres or go to the market Edgar Quinet to buy fresh products.

For lovers of good food, the 14th arrondissement is full of restaurants! The big breweries: Le Dôme, La Rotonde, Montparnasse 1900, the crêperies (Tijos, Chez Josselin) - we are in the Breton district of Paris! - or the unique "Ciel de Paris" (restaurant of the Montparnasse Tower) with its friendly Champagne bar to look the Eiffel Tower straight in the eye.

À FAIRE DANS LE QUARTIER : 

Notre sélection d’activités à proximité de l’hôtel.

 

The Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art: Dedicated to contemporary creation, the Cartier Foundation was created in 1894 by the Cartier company. Based in Paris since 1994 in a stunning glass building designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, the Foundation hosts major comtemporary art exhibitions in a variety of media : painting, photography, live shows, fashion, video. 261 boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris.

he Montparnasse Tower: One of the tallest buildings in France. The 56th floor (altitude of 210 meters) and its panoramic observatory offer an amazing view over Paris. You will be captivated by the 360 ° panorama of course but also by the unique view of the Eiffel Tower and all the other monuments of the capital. When the sky is clear, the Observatory opens a view up to 40 km. This place is ideal to take beautiful pictures of the City of Lights ! 33 avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris.

The Montparnasse Cemetery:   Opened in 1824, the Montparnasse cemetery houses 35,000 concessions over an area of 19 hectares, making it the second largest Parisian necropolis, after the Père Lachaise cemetery. You will discover the graves of famous men and women such as Charles Baudelaire, Guy de Maupassant, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Marguerite Duras and Serge Gainsbourg. 3 boulevard Edgard Quinet - 75014 Paris.

The Catacombs: The largest underground ossuary in the world, the Catacombs of Paris offer you an unusual and fascinating visit: 6 million bones from various cemeteries in the capital rest in galleries 1,500 metres long and 20 metres deep. Access from Place Denfert-Rochereau - 1 avenue du colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy - 75014 Paris.

 

WALKS FROM THE HOTEL:

Stroll through the Luxembourg Garden and the must-see Latin Quarter of Paris.

 

The Luxembourg Garden : Created in 1612 at Queen Marie de Médicis’ request and landscaped by Le Notre, the Jardin du Luxembourg covers 23 hectares bordering Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. Divided into a French-style part and an English-style part, it is dotted with flower beds and statues and houses beautiful orchid greenhouses, a rose garden, an apple orchard, hives and fountains among which the very romantic Medicis fountain. You will also see the Luxembourg Palace, where the French Senate sits. Activities and facilities for children are numerous: puppets, rides, slides ... In the central basin, for more than a century, adults and children sail small sailboats. In the shade of old trees, Parisians and tourists play chess, tennis or bridge. Free exhibitions of photographs regularly dress the garden grills and its bandstand is animated by concerts. RER B: Luxembourg or Metro Saint Sulpice (line 4).

Quartier Latin : Parisians, students and visitors meet all year round in the lively little streets of the Latin Quarter in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The must-see sites are numerous there: Panthéon, Cluny museum, garden and museum of Luxembourg, Arènes de Lutèce ... During your walk, you will arrive in front of the emblematic university of the Sorbonne, the College of France, the Lycée Henri IV, the place of the Contrescarpe. Do not hesitate to explore the Mouffetard Street and its small cafes and restaurants and flip through the books of the many bookstores in the area. As for shows, the Paradis Latin, the Théâtre de l'Odéon and the Caveau de la Huchette are among the most famous venues in the capital.

 

Saint-Germain-des-Prés : Start your fast by the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church. Its tower and nave are among the oldest Parisian remains of the Romanesque era of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. In the midst of luxury shops and art galleries that enliven the neighborhood, sit on the terraces of the cult cafés of Saint-Germain-des-Prés: the Café de Flore, the Café des Deux Magots in the footsteps of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, or the brasserie Lipp - haunts of artists and intellectuals since the early twentieth century.

 

THE GOOD RESTAURANTS AROUND THE HOTEL:


The 14th arrondissement is a dynamic district full of good addresses: from the bistro to the gourmet restaurant, from the traditional cuisine to the flavors of the world ... all the taste buds will be satisfied!

Here is a selection of our favorite addresses:

 

Crêperie la Sablière : Classic and original French crepes. 56 Sablière Street - 01 45 43 95 36.

Auberge du Moulin Vert : French gastronomic cuisine served within a beautiful flowered canopy. 33 du Moulin Vert Street - 01 45 39 31 31.

L'Alexandra : Traditional French dishes that change according to seasons in a warm and lovely atmosphere. 6 Pernety street - 01 83 96 25 98.

Ayako Teppanyaki : Innovative dishes that perfectly feet with the traditional cuisine. 2 Pernety Street - 01 45 42 79 35. 

C'est mon Plaisir : Contemporary and generous cuisine that serves original flavors according to the seasons. 53 Didot Sreet- 01 45 43 18 87.

 

Pizza Roma : For pizzas and italian food lovers, this restaurant serves a fresh and innovative menu. 61 avenue du Maine - 01 43 20 11 85. 

Ô Bon Thaï : Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh products in a contemporary atmosphere. 46 street Didot - 01 45 43 70 56. 

Le Laurier : Innovative dishes that perfectly feet with the traditional cuisine. 2 Pernety Street - 01 45 42 79 35. 

La grande Ourse : French refined dishes served the terrace for sunny days or in a modern room with shimmering colors. 9 Georges Saché Street - 01 40 44 67 85.

Le Petit Baigneur : In this restaurant, traditional French dishes are served within a typical "retro" style. 10 Sablière Street- 01 45 45 47 12.

PARISIAN MONUMENTS :

Hotel Ariane Montparnasse invites you to visit the most emblematic monuments of the capital. Not to be missed under any circumstances!

 

Montmartre et la Basilique du Sacré Cœur : In Romano-Byzantine style, the basilica crowns the hill of Montmartre. Begun in 1875, its construction was completed in 1914. Admission is free, but access to the crypt and dome is charged (about 5 euros). To save yourself a little fatigue, you can take the funicular. From the Antwerp metro station, start climbing up the hill to rue Tardieu where the funicular station is located. Until the 19th century, Montmartre was only a village, located outside the walls of the Parisian fortifications. The film Amélie Poulain gives you a nice overview of this place that you must absolutely visit... and which has no less than 7 museums!

Les Champs-Elysées : Only the Champs Elysees section from the "Place de la Concorde" to the "Grand Palais" deserves its nickname of "most beautiful avenue in the world". The rest of the avenue is lined with shops and restaurants. Try the side streets. Do not forget to visit the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the avenue, built in the mid-eighteenth century to commemorate Napoleon's victories. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily from April to October, and 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day from November to March.

 

L'Ile de la Cité: once known as Lutetia, l'Ile de la Cité is the oldest district of Paris. Located on the Seine between Châtelet and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, l'île de la Cité is home to many must-see sights: the Pont Neuf brigde, the Pont de l'Archevêché bridge, the Palais de Justice, the Sainte-Chapelle, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Conciergerie. When you have finished visiting all the sights, stroll along the banks of the Seine and stop to watch improvised concerts by wandering musicians. Ile de la Cité is also the perfect place for a riverside picnic and to enjoy the magic feeling of summer nights in Paris.

La Tour Eiffel : The "Iron Lady" of Paris was built for the 1889 World's Fair, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The Tower is 324 metres tall. Daily from June 21st to September 2nd from 9:00 a.m to 12:45 a.m to the rest of the year from 9:30 a.m to 11:45 p.m (for athletics types the stairways are open from 9:30 am to 6: 30 p.m)

PARISIAN MUSEUMS:

(Re) discover the masterpieces of the Impressionist painters at the Orsay Museum: Manet, Degas, Courbet, Renoir...

 

National art and culture centre Georges Pompidou:  : Also known as "Beaubourg", this great original building offers a modern art collection and houses one of the three biggest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. It also welcomes temporary exhibitions and offers restaurants, a cinema and show halls. The first European Public Library is located on several floors in the building. You may also enjoy breath-taking views of Paris on the last floor. Open from 11:00am to 9:00pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Orsay Museum: Located in the former Orsay Train Station, the museum is located on the Left Bank of Paris (7th district) and houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist master pieces in the world. Orsay Museum also presents the Western Art from 1848 to 1914 with sculptures, paintings, decorative arts, graphics and photographs. 4,000 works are on permanent display. Open from 9.30am to 6pm and until 9.45pm on Thursday. Closed on Mondays

Musée du Louvre : Certainly one of the most mythical places in Paris, The Louvre Museum with the famous Pyramid in the heart of Paris offers a collection of art and exceptional antique. With 60,600 m2 and more than 460,000 art works including the famous paintings of Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, the Louvre Museum is considered as one of the greatest museums in the world. Open from 9:00 am to 6:00pm. Nocturnes on Wednesdays and Fridays until 9:45 pm Closed on Tuesdays.

PARIS EXPO PORTE DE VERSAILLES

Looking for a show or exhibition?

 

Paris expo Porte de Versailles is Europe’s largest exhibition complex, renowned for hosting of large scale international events such as Mondial Paris Motor Show, Mondial of Tourism, Paris Healthcare Week,…
From the Ariane Montparnasse hotel, head towards the Pernety metro station (line 13) and reach the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center entrance in 20 minutes by metro.

From the Ariane Montparnasse Hotel, head towards the Pernety metro station (line 13) and reach the entrance of the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre in 20 minutes by metro. 


 

SHOPPING

Access the best Parisian stores easily and quickly

A few steps from the Ariane Montparnasse hotel, you will find the must-see places of the fashion capital.

 

Le Printemps and Galeries Lafayette: these two stores bring together the biggest names in Fashion, Beauty and Home. Your journey from the Ariane Montparnasse hotel is direct by metro from the Villiers stop (line 3) to Havre Caumartin station.

Saint-Germain des Prés, Sèvres-Babylone, rue de Rennes: here are mixed ready-to-wear and haute-couture boutiques.

Le Bon Marché: Left Bank Department Store and its Grande Epicerie, which offers a selection of exceptional products. 24 rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris.

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