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Paris - Around Town : Greater Paris (part 3) - Graves, Places to Eat

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Graves

Père Lachaise cemetery
  1. Jim Morrison, Père Lachaise Cemetery

    The American lead singer of The Doors rock band spent the last few months of his life in Paris and died here in 1971. Fans still hold vigils at his grave, which is covered with scrawled messages from all over the world.

    Jim Morrison’s grave
  2. Oscar Wilde, Père Lachaise Cemetery

    The Dublin-born author and wit died in 1900, after speaking his alleged last words in his Paris hotel room: “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.” His tomb is unmissable, with a huge monument by Jacob Epstein.

  3. Fredéric Chopin, Père Lachaise Cemetery

    The Polish composer was born in 1810 but died in Paris at the age of 39. The statue on his tomb represents “the genius of music sunk in grief”.

  4. Edith Piaf, Père Lachaise Cemetery

    The “little sparrow” was born in poverty in the Belleville district of Paris in 1915, less than 1,500 m (5,000 ft) from where she was buried in 1963 in a simple black tomb .

  5. Marcel Proust, Père Lachaise Cemetery

    The ultimate chronicler of Paris, the writer was born in the city in 1871. He is buried in the family tomb .

  6. Samuel Beckett, Montparnasse Cemetery

    The Irish-born Nobel prize-winning writer settled in Paris in 1937, having previously studied here. He died in 1989 and his gravestone is a simple slab, reflecting the writer’s enigmatic nature .

  7. Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Montparnasse Cemetery

    Joined together in death as in life, even though they never lived together, their joint grave is a remarkably simple affair. Both of these philosophers were born, lived and died in Paris.

  8. Guy de Maupassant, Montparnasse Cemetery

    The great French novelist and short-story writer died in Paris in 1893, and his grave with its luxuriant growth of shrubs stands out because of the open book carving .

  9. Charles Baudelaire, Montparnasse Cemetery

    The poet who shocked the world with his frank collection of poems Les Fleurs du Mal was born in Paris in 1821 and died here in 1867.

  10. Charles Pigeon Family, Montparnasse Cemetery

    This charming and touching grave shows Charles Pigeon and his wife in bed, reading by the light of the gas lamp he invented.


Places to Eat

  1. Le Pré Catelan

    Tucked away in the Bois de Boulogne is this high-class dining pavilion. Romantic setting and elegant service.

    • Route de Suresnes, Bois de Boulogne, 75016

    • Metro Porte Maillot

    • 01 44 14 41 14

  2. Gordon Ramsay au Trianon

    Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has won two Michelin stars for his restaurant, which opened in 2008.

    Hôtel Palais Trianon

    • 1 blvd de la Reine, Versailles

    • RER line C to Versailles

    • 01 30 84 55 56

    • Closed Sun–Mon & Aug

  3. Marée de Versailles

    Versailles may be a long way from the sea, but this restaurant serves the freshest seasonal catch. Its terrace is the perfect place for oysters and white wine.

    • 22 rue au Pain, Versailles

    • RER line C to Versailles

    • 01 30 21 73 73

    • Closed Sun pm–Mon

  4. La Coupole

    Near the Cimetière de Montparnasse is this Parisian landmark. Eclectic menu features dishes such as Welsh rarebit.

    • 102 blvd du Montparnasse, 75014

    • 01 43 20 14 20

  5. La Closerie des Lilas

    With its piano bar and terrace, this is a Montparnasse institution. The brasserie is cheaper and steaks are good.

    • 171 blvd du Montparnasse, 75006

    • 01 40 51 34 50

  6. Le Dôme

    Montparnasse’s prime fish restaurant, once frequented by Sartre. Great food and grand decor.

    • 108 blvd du Montparnasse, 75014

    • 01 43 35 25 81

    • Closed Sun–Mon & Aug

    Le Dôme
  7. La Gare

    If visiting the Bois de Boulogne, include La Gare on the itinerary. This stylish brasserie in a former railway station has a summer terrace.

    • 19 chaussée de la Muette, 75016

    • Metro La Muette

    • 01 42 15 15 31

  8. Ma Pomme en Colimaçon

    Handy for supper after a visit to Père Lachaise. The food is first class, from ostrich and fish dishes to pastas and salads.

    • 107 rue de Ménilmontant, 75020

    • Metro Gambetta

    • 01 40 33 10 40

    • Closed Sat L, Sun, Mon L

  9. L’Echappée

    Atmospheric neighbourhood bistro just north of Père Lachaise serving earthy, classic dishes and organic wines.

    • 38 rue Boyer, 75020

    • Metro Gambetta

    • 01 47 97 44 58

    • Open Wed–Fri L, Tue–Sun D

  10. Relais d’Auteuil

    At the southern end of the Bois de Boulogne is this gourmet restaurant. Sea bass in a pepper crust is just one delicious speciality.

    • 31 blvd Murat, 75016

    • Metro Michel-Ange-Molitor

    • 01 46 51 09 54

    • Open Mon–Sat L, Tue–Fri D, Sat D

Unless otherwise stated, all restaurants accept credit cards and serve vegetarian meals

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