If you’re not looking to touch the graves of Oscar Wilde or Jim Morrison, why spend limited drinking and dining time heading all the way up north. Walk instead to the Cimetière Montparnasse in the 14th on the southern edge of the 6th. Here you’ll find graves of many, many notables and you will have time for few quiet moment without busloads of tourists. It’s also bite-sized, small enough to digest, but large enough that you can reward yourself with a nice pastry or lunch after.
Your personal pilgrimage may include some of these heroes:
- Jean-Paul Sartre
- Eugene Ionesco
- Paul Belmondo
- Marguerite Duras
- Simone de Beauvoir
- Susan Sontag
- Alfred Dreyfus
It’s also just a beautiful place.
After, have a crepe at one of twenty creperies nearby on the rue (not the big avenue) Montparnasse or a fancier lunch at our favorite, La Rotonde at the intersection of the Boulevard Raspail and Avenue Montparnasse.