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For a taste of French regional cuisine with an emphasis on the Beaujolais region, l'Opportun is the spot close to the Montparnasse metro station. With house specialties of veal and pork alongside wines handpicked by the chef.  The beef entrecôte, aged 21 days and weighing 400 grams, and the côte de bœuf for two (1.2 kilos) are perfectly cooked and served with cabbage sautéed with fat, streaky bacon and homemade fries that are golden brown and crispy.

Les Catacombes de Paris

The catacombs here reflect Paris´s hisrotory in a different sense from its artists and authors.  Origionally the remains seen here were housed at the cementary of the Innocent but under new restrictions were moved to an old Querry in 1786.  Napoleon and Lord de Artois are some of the famous guests who have made a point to visit.  After years of disrepair the catacombs opened to the public in 2005 and can be visited daily.  It´s a bit of a hike going underground and a workout going back up after the tour.  Expect to spend an hour and a half if going on your own and a bit more if taking a tour.  Entrance prices are just under six euros.

The Montparnasse district of Paris has a long history as being the setting for major changes in writing, art, philosophy and politics.  From Hemingway to Sarte, Edith Piaf to Susan Sontag, the area has long been considered a staging point for the next wave of talent to bide thier time or duck away from the public eye.

For more information about the artists of Montparnasse check out this guide from Spotted by Locals .   Montparnasse Hotels within walking distance and worth checking into include Timhotel Montparnasse and Hotel Concorde Montparnasse .


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