Paris audio tour: Finding the Lost Generation in Montparnasse

Finding the Lost Generation in Montparnasse

Walking Tour

75 mins

About the Tour

This tour takes you through the haunts of writers and artists in 1920s Paris, including Ernest and Hadley Hemingway, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Amedeo Modigliani and Jeanne Hebuterne, Kiki de Montparnasse, the photographers Man Ray and Berenice Abbott, and Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare and Company. We'll see where they lived, where they partied, where they had affairs, and even where they fought.

Tour Producer


Philippa Campsie

Philippa Campsie teaches in the urban planning program at the University of Toronto and believes that urban planners need to get out and walk if they are going to understand any city. She and her husband visit Paris regularly and write about it on their blog, "Parisian Fields." Philippa has created tours in both Toronto and Paris.

Major Landmarks

  • Montparnasse Cemetery

  • Théâtre de l'Odeon

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts at the Port Royal station. This is on RER Line B. The RER is a commuter rail system, but inside Paris, you can get on it with a Metro ticket.

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Places to stop along the way

You will pass many famous eateries: Closerie des Lilas, La Rotonde, Le Dome, Le Select, La Coupole. Some are now restaurants rather than cafes, but most have places where you can sit outdoors and enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine.

The rue de Montparnasse is considered a good place to go for crepes and there are at least half a dozen creperies there. And Angelina's at the Musee du Luxembourg is recommended for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Best time of day

You can take this tour any time, but if you want to evoke the sense of the 1920s, try it when it is quiet -- early in the morning, or perhaps on a Sunday evening.


Cross the streets at marked crosswalks and obey the signals.


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Finding the Lost Generation in Montparnasse