Restaurants in Montparnasse

Our recommendations for the best restaurants in Montparnasse

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  • Photo tour: Montparnasse eats

    The hilly Left Bank neighbourhood dominated by its uncompromising tower is known for its regional galettes. Click on the arrow above to start exploring some of our favourites. Think we've missed a great restaurant in Montparnasse? Let us know in the comment box below.

    Photo tour: Montparnasse eats
  • La Cerisaie

    Nothing about La Cerisaie's unprepossessing red façade hints at the talent that lurks inside. With a simple starter of white asparagus served with preserved lemon and drizzled with bright green parsley oil, chef Cyril Lalanne proves his ability to select and prepare the finest produce. On the daily changing blackboard menu you might find bourride de maquereau, a thrifty take on the garlicky southern French fish stew, or cochon noir de Bigorre, an ancient breed of pig that puts ordinary pork to shame. Baba à l'armagnac, a variation on the usual rum cake, comes with stunningly good chantilly.

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    La Cerisaie
  • La Coupole

    La Coupole in Montparnasse is the grandest of grand Parisian brasseries. An Art Deco triumph on an extraordinary scale, its famously vast dining room was once regularly graced by the top tiers of the artistic Rive Gauche set like Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. People still come here from all over the world, to marvel at its splendour – all 1000 square metres and 33 pillars of it – and to people watch, a timeless La Coupole pastime. The terrace tables in particular are perfect for watching life go by over a coffee and a crêpe Suzette. If you want an absolutely classic Parisian grand brasserie experience without spending too much, try La Coupole.

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    La Coupole
  • Le Select

    For a decade between the wars, the junction of boulevards Raspail and Montparnasse was the centre of the known universe. Man Ray, Cocteau and Lost Generation Americans hung out at its vast glass-fronted cafés, socialising, snubbing and snogging. Le Select is the best of these inevitable tourist traps. Sure, its overpriced menu is big on historical detail, short on authenticity, but generally Le Select hangs onto its heyday with dignity.

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    Le Select
  • Charlie Birdy

    DR

    On the chic Left Bank, in the artistic centre of early twentieth century Paris is Charlie Birdy, a cool hangout which would no doubt have pleased the likes of Modigliani, Picasso and Matisse, as it does now today's equally hip locals. Sitting somewhere between New York loft and traditional London hotel, Charlie Birdy has that distinctive sprinkling of Parisian styling which makes it just that little more gorgeous. Sweeping pink banquettes lay underneath quaintly mixed and matched chandeliers, large Chesterfield sofas sit in a street-scene window and touches of black and velvet hint at a possible past life as a movie star's boudoir. With eclectic music playing, enjoy fabulous cocktails and simple European and American dishes in a bar giving new meaning to the words glam rock.

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    Charlie Birdy
  • Chez Clément

    Toptable

    Chez Clément bring their charming eccentricity to the Left Bank with this branch, set on one of the main boulevards, but feeling like a haven of peace and country tranquility. The provencal blue, the warm kitchen-y yellows, the sweet flowers, the collection of artefacts from around the world, the welcoming curved bar all combine to make this a comfortable and relaxing eating experience. The French menu varies with the season and includes dishes like starter of endive salad with curried apples, main course of platters of oysters and shellfish for oyster-lovers, and pudding of warm melted chocolate gateau with raspberry sorbet.

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    Chez Clément
  • Le Bar à Huîtres

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    When it comes to food, if it’s seafood which floats your proverbial boat, look no further than Le Bar à Huîtres restaurant. A fine oyster bar with a strong seafood menu, Le Bar à Huîtres brings a touch of sophistication to the humble shellfish with its combination of beautiful surroundings and kitchen skill. Take a seat in the shell adorned dining room by the vast lobster tank inside or bask in the sun on the bustling terrace as you enjoy the varied menu of freshly caught fish and seafood including simple oysters enjoyed with wine, seasonal market selections and rather decadent platters. Le Bar à Huîtres also offers excellent value set menus and children’s options too.

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    Le Bar à Huîtres

Photo tour: Montparnasse eats

The hilly Left Bank neighbourhood dominated by its uncompromising tower is known for its regional galettes. Click on the arrow above to start exploring some of our favourites. Think we've missed a great restaurant in Montparnasse? Let us know in the comment box below.


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