The 14th: An Overview
Perhaps you know the fourteenth arrondissement for the famous catacombs, where the bones of more than six million people are interred in labyrinthine tunnels stretching for miles beneath the city. Or perhaps you are more familiar with the enormous Montparnasse Tower, this highest skyscraper in central Paris, from with the view over the city is one of the best! (See the photograph above for an example!) Maybe you are more familiar with the Montparnasse neighbourhood itself, an area synonymous with artists and the Belle Epoque? Whatever you love about the 14th, you might find something new to love thanks to our list of restaurants, bars and coffee-stops to check out when you're next on the Left Bank of Paris!
A short disclaimer! As we all know, dining out is a very personal, nuanced affair, and our humble little list featured here - or indeed in any of our content - unfortunately cannot guarantee a spectacular, knock-your-socks-off, "Dear Diary" dining experience - as much as we would love it to! While we certainly aim to inspire, as always we recommend using these suggestions merely as a jumping-off point for your own Paris research. So with that out of the way - on we go!
A classic French bistro serving classic French fare - what more could you wish for? The cassoulet is a house specialty not to be missed.
181 rue du Château
Authentic, affordable, excellent quality Japanese fare.
67 rue de l'Ouest
If you find yourself craving traditional Italian while in Paris, check out Il Barone for some of the best pasta you'll find outside Italy.
5 rue Leopold Robert
Montparnasse is an area famed for its Breton history, so be sure to stop at one of the many creperies in the area - Jocelyn is amongst the most famous of these!
67 rue du Montparnasse
Le Petit Beigneur
A charming, retro-style bistro serving generous portions of the homemade classics. And at reasonable prices too!
10 rue de la Sabliere
You'll want to book ahead at this little restaurant with a big heart, serving home-cooked French dishes that keep patrons returning year upon year.
70 Boulevard Edgar Quinet
Bouillon Chartier Montparnasse
If you're in the mood for a quick, affordable and boisterous meal in historic interiors, then the Art Nouveau masterpiece that is Bouillon Chartier Montparnasse will tick the boxes. Sister restaurant to the original Bouillon Chartier at Grands Boulevards.
59 Boulevard du Montparnasse
Le Relais de l'Entrecote
Another classic address, Le Relais de l'Entrecote is where steak, sauce, salad and fries are the only thing on the menu. Expect a queue.
101 Boulevard du Montparnasse
For those in search of great fish in Paris, Le Duc is the address to know.
243 boulevard Raspail
Choose from a thoughtfully curated Menu of the Day by chef Sébastien Dragoneau, with dishes such as creamy Farmhouse guinea fowl casserole with apples.
34 Rue Gassendi
You'll need to book ahead to discover the excellent French cuisine at this chic restaurant, where Japanese chef Michihiro Kigawa puts his own spin on the classics.
186 rue du Chateau
Sip cocktails in the intimate, lowlit interiors of Rosebud, while following in the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre.
11 Bis Rue Delambre
You can't visit the 14th without checking out at least one of the historic Art Deco establishments of the belle époque. Opt for a cocktail at the bar of Le Dome and step back in time.
108 Boulevard du Montparnasse
La Closerie des Lilas
Speaking of which
Colourful and breezy without being twee, Cafe Bohème also boasts a huge terrasse, extravagant brunches, plates to share, burgers, and a whole lot more.
19 Boulevard Edgar Quinet
The first artisanal Breton beer bar in Paris, Ker Beer is for anyone who just loves their craft beer and is in need of a fix.
10 rue Vandamme
Planches, tapas, cocktails, wine, a laidback atmosphere and colourful Mediterranean interiors make for a relaxed apéro experience.
9 rue Vandamme
Roastery and coffeeshop, Hexagone lies a llittle further afield in the 14th arrondisement, pair it with a visit to the Catacombes not too far away!
121 Rue du Château
La Cave des Papilles
You can't miss the orange facade of this natural-wine store, a must for those looking to discover something new thanks to an expert selection and a friendly welcome.
35 Rue Daguerre