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Montparnasse, Paris

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Once a labyrinth filled with artists' studios and roaring cafes, most of Montparnasse was flattened during the 1960s to accommodate a train station and Tour Montparnasse, the only skyscraper in the main part of Paris. Over recent years, the area has evolved into a neighborhood where you can find reasonable short-term rentals, budget cafes, and a down-to-earth vibe that's missing from many of the trendier neighborhoods. Put Montparnasse into our Paris vacation generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This is the most under-rated observation deck in the world. The view of Paris from here is the best. Don't waste time and money visiting Effile Tower, spend every penny to get on the top of this iconi...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    14. Tour Montparnasse observation deck and Montparnasse train station is also where there is a night view of the Eiffel Tower at night, especially the observation deck are true.
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  • August 1, 2017
    Montparnasse is a quiet yet lively quarter of Paris where you can enjoy a nice market both as a nice dinner at one of the many créperies which is near. Clean buildings, not too crowded and the market is highly recommended with many tasty food stalls with delicious local produce from all over France.
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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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