Montmartre

Montmartre, Paris: Address, Montmartre Reviews: 4.5/5

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Located in the 18th Arrondissement, this elevated rural neighborhood on the outskirts of the city has a collection of upscale shops and cafés and still exudes hints of old village charm.
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The area
Neighbourhood: 18th Arr. - Buttes-Montmartre
How to get there
  • Abbesses • 4 min walk
  • Lamarck – Caulaincourt • 5 min walk
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Brian T
London, UK4,803 contributions
Nov. 2021
Montmartre is, without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite neighbourhood in Paris- for photography, exploration, dining, and just aimlessly wandering and browsing. I visit every time I’m in Paris, and so should you.

Montmartre is actually a hill, or ‘butte’, around 130 metres high, which gives its name to the surrounding neighbourhood which clings to its gentle slopes. It’s regarded as a quintessentially traditional Parisian neighbourhood. Thanks to its enchanting ambience, Montmartre has captivated Bohemian artists since the Belle Epoque period and continues to delight tourists today. .During the Belle Époque period towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the neighbourhood became quite an artists’ colony; many artists lived, worked, or had studios in or around Montmartre, including the likes of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Vincent van Gogh.

With its cobbled streets, stunning Basilica, artists, bistros, tiny leafy squares and lovely views across Paris, Montmartre is full of charm. The special atmosphere and sense of joie de vivre burst from every corner of the neighbourhood, from the old-fashioned merry-go-rounds and bustling sidewalk cafés to hidden pedestrian staircases and tree-shaded terraces where passersby can sometimes catch an impromptu street performance.

There seems to be a number of ways visitors approach this incredibly unique village within the city of Paris.

The first is unfortunate. Coming out of Anvers metro station and heading up toward the Basilica on Rue de Steinkerque, the first-time visitors are often confronted by a horde of scammers, tricksters and touts, all trying to relive them of their belongings. It can be overwhelming, for sure. Their response is to turn around and head back down to the Metro station, declaring the neighbourhood unsavoury and unsafe. Ignore them and keep going up towards the Basilica.

The second approach is to follow the herd instinct and stampede your way up the famous hill, take a picture of yourself on the steps of the Basilica, buy an overpriced coffee or drink at the Place du Tertre, get conned into having your portrait sketched, and walk back down clutching newly bought key-rings, postcards, gaudy T-shirts and feeling a little mystified about what all the fuss is about - whilst declaring that you have been to Montmartre, with no need ever to return.

The third approach is my approach. Just lose yourself in the steep and cobbled streets of one of the most historic and interesting neighborhoods in Paris. You won’t be lost for long; remember that the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur (the big white church) sits on the crest of the hill and it is visible from many points, so you can always head back there if you are unsure of your bearings. Such ‘aimless’ wonderings will truly reveal the delights of this neighbourhood. It's worth taking time to wander the many narrow, winding stone-paved lanes; a leisurely ramble will lead to discoveries of old churches, hidden squares, little bakeries, and inspirational ateliers. Of course you should climb to the stunning Sacré-Coeur Basilica on the highest point of 'Mont Martyr', where the martyr Saint Denis was buried. It may have a somber atmosphere inside the sanctuary, but outside, it's an exuberant celebration of life. Visitors snap photos; locals lounge on the grassy esplanade, and couples enjoy the romantic setting, as well as the splendid views. And yes, you should have a wander through Place du Tertre where, when the weather is lovely, artists will gather to paint and to sell their wares.

There are many other ‘must see’ things as you wander. My list of favourite things, as well as the Basilica and the viewing terrace at the front, and Place du Tertre, include the following: the pretty Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet directly behind the Basilica (it’s particularly beautiful in the autumn); the sublimely picturesque Rue de l’Abreuvoir with the bronze statue of Dalida at its western end; the windmill on Rue Girardon; the curious Passage de Abbesses and the Love Wall by Abbesses metro station; the fomageries along Rue Lepic; the numerous steep ‘escaliers’ (stairs) which are particularly atmospheric when the lamps are lit); and a plethora of little museums and art galleries. The are lovely views everywhere you walk, not the least being the view over the rooftops to the Eiffel Tower from Rue Saint-Eleuthere (to the west of the Basilica).

Make the most of this neighbourhood. It is a bit quirky and bohemian! Overlook the spots of trash and graffiti, but enjoy the often irreverent and poignant street art. Yes, you do need to have your wits about you, and to keep your belongings safe, but persevere and you will be rewarded. And like me, you may even keep coming back again and again.
Written 23 January 2022
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Camile M
4 contributions
Feb. 2021 • Couples
Beautiful church even was extremely cold with many steps until found out the stroller lol. Was a beautiful experience and at the end is what we have memories
Written 21 January 2022
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MacyandDan
San Diego, CA285 contributions
Dec. 2021
Loved strolling (Flaner) Montmarte. Nice energy, a bit more subdued than Paris central. Quick metro ride from central Paris. Sacre Coer, neighborhoods, cafes. Lovely.
Written 16 January 2022
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we3intampa
Kentucky23 contributions
Jan. 2022
We visited on New Years Day. As we stepped from the stairs of the Metro, imagine our delight to step into a wonderland! There was an old fashioned fair going on. Unexpectedly, we were enchanted. After a snack, we walked to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which is quite a walk uphill, just so you know, and were enchanted again. My daughters walked up to the dome and were treated to a lovely view of Paris. After filling my stomach with a ham and egg crepe, we left to go back to our hotel. The metro has a 146 step climb to the street but you're treated to really terrific murals as you climb. If you don't want to do the stairs, there is another metro stop, but I'm not sure which is which. If you don't want to climb, you should find out! Also, for a one way metro fare you can take the Funicular up or down to the Cathedral from the street if you're tired of climbing. Take the Funicular anyway. After all, it's a FUNicular!
Written 8 January 2022
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Sarah N
Erkelenz, Germany6 contributions
Jan. 2022
What a lovely quarter - quite crowded, but it is possible to escape the crowds...Watch out for "Amélie" - places :0)
Written 7 January 2022
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Juan Luis Benítez Muñoz
Province of Granada, Spain6 contributions
Dec. 2021
Strolling through Montmartre is simply a pleasure for the senses... the painters' square... its bars... brasseries... and the people... a visit to this neighbourhood is a great idea, you enjoy yourself and relax at the same time.
Written 3 January 2022
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hannasophia
Trier, Germany110 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
Very lovely and buzzing. Tiny streets lined with small shops and restaurants. The market is packed with all kinds of artists.
Written 31 December 2021
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Ron and Terry
Swansboro, NC10 contributions
Nov. 2021
Very crowded on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Would recommend going during the week. The charming cafes and shops were so crowded that we were not able to enjoy the visit to this neighborhood.
Written 29 December 2021
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Nayeli Vazquez
Frankfurt, Germany105 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
It is a beautiful and colourful place to visit. You feel like in the movies walking down in the little corners, but there is nothing else to see. It is also very expensive.
Written 21 December 2021
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Dusti W
Portland, OR134 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
This cathedral is so epic. We came to it from the backside to avoid the crowds on the steps. I am so glad!
I had been before but not inside and that was well
Worth it.
Written 13 December 2021
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