The post-World War I artistic and intellectual centre of Paris, the Montparnasse, dominates this district and extends to the 15th and 6th arrondissements. Montparnasse drew luminaries like Picasso, Miro, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Jean-Paul Sartre. Literary cafés, such as La Closerie des Lilas, La Coupole and La Rotonde, are still found here along with other lively restaurants and cafés.
Montparnasse is now mainly a residential and business district. Paris’s only actual skyscraper office building, the Tour Montparnasse, is found here. You can take in a wonderful view of the city from its restaurant or roof deck. The major railway station, the Gare Montparnasse, is found below. Also in 14e are such attractions as the Paris Catacombs, the popular shopping centre Galerie Gaité Montparnasse, and the charming Parc Montsouris. The Cité Universitaire is near Montsouris.