Paris Rooftops

Tour

Due to the cheap rents for artists, the two main hills of Paris, Montparnasse and Montmartre have seen the birth of modern art. Discover two stunning views on the modern city, while following the footsteps of Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Modigliani.

The tour starts in the morning, with breakfast at the Ciel de Paris on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower. It ends at the Sacré-Coeur, the highest point of the City.

During this journey between these two amazing views, you will enjoy culinary intermissions, learn about the tastes of Picasso and his friends, and about their art, inspired by forgotten aspects of the city.

Cost per private group of 1-4

For reasons easy to understand, the architectural patrimony of Paris is heavily protected. The Tour Montparnasse is actually the only skyscraper in Paris and this is why it boasts one of the very best views in Paris. As we have breakfast on the 56th floor of the Tower, enjoy the flaky, buttery croissants, and learn the surprising history of the city development, as your private guide gets you acquainted with the layout of Paris.

After this introduction, we will walk through the eclectic area and visit legendary bars like La Coupole, where all the important artists of the early 20th century met. Then, a visit to the studio-museum Zadkine, will give you a glimpse of their everyday life. Discover the museum with the anecdotes that your guide will tell you as he brings back to life the exciting times of Picasso and Modigliani in the 30s.

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A taxi or metro will then take us to the other hill, where we will then stop to get a taste of traditional cuisine revisited by a young brilliant chef in a trendy bistro. Through the narrow streets of the Montmartre hill, you will pass cabarets, bars, and bistros, little corners of preserved nature, former cabarets, streets full of memories of artists, their models, and their bohemian habits. Take in the famous panoramic view over Paris from the stairs of the beautiful Sacré-Coeur, a focal point of this symbolic part of the city.

Finally, conclude this voyage across the food and arts of Paris at la Nouvelle Athènes, where you can sample some of the best pastries and chocolate around a cup of tea or a Champagne tasting. 

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He wrote Ulysses but had trouble reading the menu

'In Paris, Joyce and his family dined out every evening. His particular restaurant -this was in the early 'twenties - was the one opposite the Gare Montparnasse, Les Trianons. The proprietor and the entire personnel were devoted to Joyce. They were at the door of his taxi before he alighted and they escorted him to a table reserved for him at the back, where he could be more or less unmolested by people who came to stare at him as he dined, or brought copies of his works to be autographed.

The head-waiter would read to him the items on the bill of fare so that he would be spared the trouble of getting out several pairs of glasses and perhaps a magnifying glass. Joyce pretended to take an interest in fine dishes. He urged his family and the friends who might be dining with him to choose the best food on the menu. He liked to have them eat a hearty meal and persuaded them to try such and such a wine”.

Sylvia Beach, Shakespeare and Company, 1922.

- Continental Breakfast with a panoramic view onto the City of Lights in the highest restaurant of Paris.

- Guided walk through the history of the brasseries in the neighborhood of Montparnasse.

- Lunch in a typical Parisian bistro.

- Montmartre and the legendary view from the stairs of the Sacré-Coeur.

 

Info

Available: Daily
Start Time: 10am
Duration: 4 Hrs
Meeting Point: Exit of Metro Edgar Quinet
Includes: Private Guide
Excludes: Cost of Transfers, Meals,Tastings

Additional Info

 

"The cheese tasting with Virginie was magnificent! She went to so much trouble: the table was perfectly decorated and her cheeses were sublime! We couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming and charming hostess!"    
Jessica

Cafe in Montmartre

 

The new bistronomy has roots in the time just before the Revolution of 1789: at that time, the first French restaurants had only just started to appear. Following the uprising, the former servants of the aristocracy were faced with a drastically changed society, and had to find new jobs. Using their knowledge of cuisine and catering, the most enterprising became the first restaurant owners. They created the culture of gastronomy that we know today, no longer ostentatious and lavish, but a gastronomy that could be shared by all French citizens, and then by the whole world.

The creations of the new wave of bistros chefs are made up of local and seasonal products bought fresh from the day, far away from the stuffy atmosphere and painful bills of three stars restaurants.

 

 

The first restaurant in Paris opened in 1785. Its founder, M. Boulanger, came up with the new word “restaurant,” taking it from the verb “restore” (in French, “restaurer”). On the outside of his establishment a sign said in Latin : come all you who are hungry and I will restore you.