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Highlights of Montmartre

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Montmartre sets itself apart from the rest of Paris. The thriving village atmosphere which attracted artists Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso in the late 19th century, continues to draw the crowds today. This bohemian enclave has a wealth of treasures to be discovered within its complex network of lanes and stairways that are best explored on foot.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
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  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

12 Places

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12 Places

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Place du Tertre

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre

Churches & Cathedrals

Le Clos Montmartre

Wineries & Vineyards

Au Lapin Agile

Bars & Clubs, Performances

Le Moulin de la galette

Restaurants

Dalida Statue

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues

Le Mur des Je t'aime

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues

Montmartre Cemetery

Cemeteries, Historic Sites

Le Bateau-Lavoir

Historic Sites

Le Passe-Muraille

Monuments & Statues

Jolyon67's City Tips

  • Discover Walks offer a Montmartre walking tour departing daily at 11am & 2.30pm from Blanche metro station.
  • Montmartrobus passes close to all the sites mentioned in this guide. Stops are marked with a black Sacre Coeur silhouette on a pale blue background.
  • Le Petit Train de Montmartre is a fun way to avoid walking up the steep hill.
  • A Paris Visite travel pass is the best way to get around. It allows access to the metro, Montmartre funicular and Montmartrobus.
  • Abbesses and Anvers are the closest metro stations to Montmartre. Abbesses is one of the last remaining Art Nouveau originals designed by Hector Guimard.
  • If you intend use the Funicular or nearby steps in front of the Sacre Coeur, you must bypass dozens of scam artists trying to tie bracelets to your wrist. They congregate at the foot of the hill.
  • Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
    Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jolyon67 Says:

    The slender domes of Sacré-Coeur are the defining landmark Montmartre. The brilliant white basilica stands prominently at the top of the Mound of Martyrs. It provides unsurpassed views of the city and is the ideal vantage point to witness sunset. In contrast to the plain exterior, a magnificent golden mosaic inside shows Christ with arms outstretched with a row of historical French figures beneath.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Basilica is free but the Crypt and Dome charge entry. Access is down steps to the left of the main entrance.
    • If you hope to see sunset behind the Eiffel Tower, you need to walk around the corner towards Place du Tertre to get a clear view.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 2 270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great views 16/12/2018
    • Amazing view of Paris 16/12/2018
    • Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
    Address:
    35 Rue du Chevalier-De-La-Barre
    75018 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 53 41 89 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Place du Tertre
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jolyon67 Says:

    This picturesque little square is the commercial heart of Montmartre. Beneath shady umbrellas, dozens of portrait painters set up their easels and tempt passers by with the promise of being immortalised in paint or charcoal. Style and ability vary and you should agree a price in advance of sitting down to pose. This artists quarter is one of the most atmospheric places for an evening meal but expect to pay that little bit extra for the privilege.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ignore the wall of artists trying to get your attention as you enter the square.
    • Examples of contemporary street art are discretely hidden around the square. Look for faces emerging from walls, a space invader and a cartoon octopus.
    • The square's south exit leads to a stunning panoramic view over the city.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #212 of 2 270 things to do in Paris
    • Touristy but a Must Visit 14/12/2018
    • Truly forgettable 30/10/2018
    • Place du Tertre
    Other:
  • Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Jolyon67 Says:

    Few realise this is the oldest church in Paris and the only surviving part of the original Benedictine abbey of Montmartre. St Pierre was consecrated in 1147 and incorporates Roman columns from a Temple which stood on this site in the 3rd Century.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Paris's oldest cemetery Cimetière du Calvaire, lies behind the iron gate in the church forecourt. It is open for one day only on November 1st.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #110 of 2 270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful historic church and great photo stop in the mornings 19/10/2018
    • Old Church and Cemetery 12/10/2018
    • Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre
    Address:
    2 rue du Mont Cenis
    75018 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +3314665763
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Le Clos Montmartre
    Wineries & Vineyards
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    Jolyon67 Says:

    One of Montmartre's secret treasures. This fully working vineyard occupies one of the quieter street corners. Clos Montmartre pays homage to a time when the hill was covered in such vineyards. Established in Roman times, the vines slowly gave way to residential developments. Thankfully an artist in the 1930's saved this little pocket of land and prevented the industry from dying completely.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The grounds are open to the public once a year for five days in October during the Fête des Vendanges (Grape Harvest).
    • Souvenir bottles of Montmartre wine are available in the tourist office in Place du Tertre.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #509 of 2 270 things to do in Paris
    • vineyard in the city 27/09/2018
    • History, Wine 07/08/2018
    • Le Clos Montmartre
    Address:
    Rue des Saules
    75018 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 46 06 00 32
    Other:
  • Au Lapin Agile
    Bars & Clubs, Performances
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    Jolyon67 Says:

    Let the music and ambiance of this most intimate of venues transport you back to the late 19th century with a night of traditional French chansons. The atmospheric "Au Lapin Agile" or "nimble rabbit" is a diminutive cabaret venue that boasts Picasso and Utrillo among its former regulars. It has barely changed in the 100 years that have elapsed since.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Eat before you arrive, one drink is included in the price of the show.
    • Prepare for a long night, the completely French repertoire lasts over three hours.
    • Shows start nightly at 9pm except on Mondays when it is closed.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 469 Nightlife in Paris
    • What a Gem ! 11/12/2018
    • Long But Awesome Cabaret Show 24/11/2018
    • Au Lapin Agile
    Address:
    22 rue des Saules
    75018 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 46 06 85 87
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    21:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Le Moulin de la galette
    Restaurants (French)
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    Jolyon67 Says:

    This windmill is one of just two survivors of the original fifteen which graced the Montmartre skyline. They were favourite subject matter for the impressionists to paint and they often appear in the works of Van Gogh, Utrillo and Renoir. Today this one houses a restaurant but was once the most popular dance hall in town. It was immortalised in Renoir's "Dance at the Moulin de la Galette" from 1876, which now hangs in the Museé d'Orsay.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A gold plaque marks where French pop star Dalida use to sit.
    • The walls are adorned with photographs from the 19th century Dance Hall era.
    • This makes an ideal place to interrupt your exploration of Montmartre with an afternoon coffee in historic surroundings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 307 of 15 385 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Terrible,just avoid! افتضاح افتضاح افتضاح 24/11/2018
    • French cuisine at its best 24/11/2018
    • Le Moulin de la galette
    Address:
    83 rue Lepic
    75018 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 46 06 84 77
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$31
    Hours:
    Mon
    09:00 - 22:30
    Tue
    09:00 - 00:00
    Wed - Thu
    12:00 - 14:30
    19:00 - 22:30
    Fri - Sun
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Dalida Statue
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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    Jolyon67 Says:

    Hugely popular in France but less well known in non French speaking countries. Dalida was one of the most successful recording artists of all time. In later years she retreated to her Montmartre mansion close to Moulin de la Galette, where she tragically took her own life. The statue, not far from her house, can be found in Place Dalida at the end of Rue Girardon.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Dalida's mansion is a short walk uphill on Rue d'Orchampt.
    • Dalida is buried in Montmartre Cemetery, her elaborate tomb features a near life size statue.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #277 of 2 270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Place of Worship 09/09/2018
    • Nicer part of Montmartre 29/07/2018
    • Dalida Statue
    Address:
    Place Dalida
    Montmartre
    75018 Paris
    France
    Other:
  • Le Mur des Je t'aime
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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    Jolyon67 Says:

    Where else would an "I Love You" wall exist, other than the city of love itself. In Place des Abbesses head to the little park Jehan Rictus where a plain city wall has been decorated with this towering blue mosaic. On closer inspection you will see "I Love You" written in every language imaginable, 250 to be precise. The artists intention was to use a wall, a symbol of division, to bring people together with the common message of love.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Brush up on your language skills as you are handed cameras by couples from around the world, wishing to be photographed beside the wall.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #169 of 2 270 things to do in Paris
    • Perfect end to stroll in Montmartre 24/11/2018
    • Love the Love Wall 25/10/2018
    • Le Mur des Je t'aime
    Address:
    Square Jehan Rictus
    75018 Paris
    France
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Montmartre Cemetery
    Cemeteries, Historic Sites
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    Jolyon67 Says:

    Located below street level in a former quarry, Montmartre cemetery feels a world away from the sunny slopes of the Sacre Coeur. A viaduct harshly bisects the site, isolating the easternmost graves and plunging those below into perpetual darkness. Maps available at the entrance help you locate notable tombs which include Degas, Dalida, Truffaut and Nijinsky. The cemetery is also home to a sizeable cat population.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A bell is rung 15 minutes before closing to allow you time to leave.
    • Free laminated plans of the cemetery hang from the wall of the office just inside the main entrance. You can carry them around with you, just remember to place them back as you leave.
    • There is only one entrance. It is at the southern end of the bridge on Rue Caulaincourt.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 2 270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peace in middle of Montmartre Paris chaos 06/11/2018
    • Lovely, peaceful place to spend an afternoon 02/11/2018
    • Montmartre Cemetery
    Address:
    20 avenue Rachel
    75018 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 43 87 64 24
    Other:
  • Le Bateau-Lavoir
    Historic Sites
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    Jolyon67 Says:

    The simple window display at Le Bateau-Lavoir barely hints at the significant role the building played in the development of 20th century art. Here Modigliani and Picasso had their workshops and the Cubist movement began. The studios were flimsy wooden buildings reminiscent of creaky laundry boats that existed on the Seine at the time. There is no public access but around the corner is an authentic studio with huge windows, built to allow in as much natural light as possible.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Picasso's actual studio lies behind the door with Number 13 beside it.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #574 of 2 270 things to do in Paris
    • History of Bateau-Lavoir 08/08/2018
    • Nice historical area of Montmarte 24/06/2018
    • Le Bateau-Lavoir
  • Le Passe-Muraille
    Monuments & Statues
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    Jolyon67 Says:

    Magically emerging from a wall, this unconventional sculpture is a reference to a book by Marcel Aymé called 'The Man Who Could Walk Through Walls'. In recent years street artists have added other body parts which also appear to burst through the wall.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you touch the left hand of the statue you will be blessed with good luck.
    • Visiting on a cold day? The metro vent in front of the wall provides a welcome blast of warm air.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #203 of 2 270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Square 16/09/2018
    • Worth the Visit 15/08/2018
    • Le Passe-Muraille
    Address:
    Place Marcel Ayme
    intersection rue Norvins / rue Girardon
    75018 Paris
    France
    Other:
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