Once upon a time is was the place for the intellectuals, like Sartre, Hemingway and de Beauvoir. Today is not so much philosophy, it´s more home to fashionistas, antique collectors and literary lovers. It´s an upmarket area today with lovely boulevards and the beautiful the Jardin de Luxemburg.
Montparnesse lies to the south and its got a lot of nice cafes and restaurants but the once so artistic feeling is long gone.
Cimetière du Montparnasse
Montparnasse Cemetery is a famous cemetery. A alot of celebrities are buried here like Jean-Paul Sartre, Guy de Paupassant, Simon de Beavoir, Samuel Beckett and photographer Man Ray. You can get free maps from the conservation office.
Blvd Edgar Quinet & Rue Froidevaux
A place full of art, video, fashion, installations and photography by various artist. This place got a cool building that its worth checking out as well designed by Pritzker prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, who is also famous for Institut de Monde Arab, Musée du Quai Branly and Musée de la Publicité.
261, Boulvard Raspail – http://fondation.cartier.com
Jardin de Luxembourg is Paris largest public park and one it´s very popular among the Parisians.
The northern end of the park is dominated by the Palais du Luxembourg which was built in the 1620s and is now home to the French Senate.
The garden contains just over a hundred statues, monuments, and fountains, scattered throughout the grounds.
Free musical performances are presented in a gazebo and there is a small cafe restaurant nearby, under the trees, with both indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy the music over a glass of wine.