Montmartre is a little place like a village with authentic charm in the north of Paris (18th arrondissement) on the hill of Montmartre (la butte Montmartre).
It is different from the other districts of Paris because of its atmosphere. The famous Sacre-Coeur basilica is located at the top of the hill and, there, you can have a magnificent view of Paris.
In Montmartre, I enjoy getting lost in its narrow streets to feel the cultural and artistic life and the sweetness of this neighborhood !
The famous Place du Tertre is one of my favorite places in Paris. It is animated and some caricaturists use to propose drawings, portraits at the tourists. It is funny and specific of this place. You can also visit the Espace Dali (a fantastic and undeservedly little-known collection of the great surrealist artist). You will find plenty to interest visitors: arty and trendy shop windows in rue des Abbesses and rue Tardieu, shops in rue Lepic, the cosmopolitan rue de Steinkerque, Montmartre cemetery, restaurants… (see on the map below).
Probably because it is picturesque and apart from the real Paris, Montmartre has always attracted bohemians, political radicals and artists. Picasso, Dali, Toulouse-Lautrec and others famous artists lived in Montmartre.
Do you know the movy “The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain” by the French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet ? This film was shot in Montmartre and shows beautiful places of Montmartre: coffee terraces, small streets, small shops… It makes feel the special atmosphere of this place (nostalgic, romantic, retro, vintage…).
Montmartre Paris – Best places to see ?
- Place du Tertre (look at the video here below)
- The Sacre Coeur Basilic
- The Van Gogh appartment
- Montmartre Museum
- Picasso museum in Montmartre (be carreful because there is 2 Picasso museums in Paris)
- Dali Paris
Better is to look at this video and locations on the map below.
Montmartre Paris – Best things to do ?
- Climb up to the Place du Tertre, with its painters and cartoonists ready to draw you the portrait ;
- Or take the funicular, a glass subway climbing the assault of the hill. It should please the youngest! It will leave you rue du Cardinal-Dubois, from where, to the Sacre Coeur and you will contemplate all Paris…
- Or walk about 10 minutes on the promenade in the center of the boulevard to the station Anvers and from there, go up the small rue Steinkerque and its souvenir shops (take the opportunity to shop) to the Place Saint Pierre at the Sacré-Cœur ;
- Or take a ride with the Montmartre train (see below) ;
- Don’t forget to visit museums if you have enought time…
- Have a lunch break in a nice little restaurant ;
- Book a cabaret evening at the famous and mythical Moulin rouge ! Link for reservation
Montmartre Paris – How to get there ?
You can use this link to make your own itinerary : https://www.ratp.fr/itineraires
Metro stations in Montmartre
- Line 2 : Anvers ; Pigalle ; Blanche
- Line 4 : Château Rouge
- Line 12 : Pigalle ; Abbesses ; Lamarck-Caulaincourt ; Jules Joffrin
- Line 13 : Place de Clichy
The Funicular of Montmartre
If you don’t want to climb the 222 steps to reach the top of Montmartre hill, with a metro ticket, you can take the funicular :
Departure every 5 minutes.
- Low station : Rue Tardieu
- High station : Rue Saint Eleuthère
The touristic train of Montmartre
Also you can take the touristic train in Place Blanche (in front of the Moulin Rouge). You will arrive at Place du Tertre without walking and climbing…
Montmartre Paris restaurants – My favorites
You will not find a lot of restaurant adresses herebelow because when I love a restaurant, I always come back to the same…
Also, as I haven’t a lot of money, I just look at cheap restaurants. That is a big difficuty because more than being cheap the restaurant must offer french good cooking !
Restaurant Le Poulbot
It is located in the center of Montmartre and also near my 2 favorite hotels. Adress is : 3 Rue Poulbot. Montmartre 750018 Paris
In this restaurant, I have never eat the same menu. In fact, it is always renewed with the seasons and supplies. Furthermore, the POULBOT offers a wide selection of craft beers and a carefully selected wine list.
In this restaurant, you can enjoy very good french specialities for only 20 to 30 Euros.
Restaurant Le Moulin de la galette
It is located near my favorite hotel Maison Lepic Montmartre (in the same street). Adress is : 83 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris
I only ate once but I loved the setting, the traditional atmosphere, the typically French menu, the decor of the mill…
Montmartre Paris hotel – Which to choose ?
Hotel Ibis Paris Montmartre for his localisation and his price
What is good in Hotel Ibis Paris Montmartre ?
Its location is perfect ! Furthermore if you plan a dinner at the cabaret Le Moulin Rouge.
Metro station is only at 5 minutes, at 300 m from Moulin Rouge and a 15-minute walk from Sacre-Cœur basilica, lots of restaurants and cafes nearby.
This hotel is not expensive. It is is a good, clean, comfortable hotel also good value for money !
What is not good in Hotel Ibis Paris Montmartre ?
As in the majority of hotels in paris, rooms are small … but clean and confortable !
Maison Lepic Montmartre for his garden and terrace
What is good in Maison Lepic Montmartre ?
With the garden-terrace in the hearth of Paris, it is my favorite hotel in Montmartre !
Its romantic atmosphere : A few steps from the Sacre Cœur, Maison Lepic Montmartre is a dreamed hotel for a romantic stay in the heart of Paris ;
Cozy, clean, and very well equipped rooms ;
Big and rich breakfast buffet with fresh quality products and delicious pastries ;
What is not good in Maison Lepic Montmartre ?
The bathroom is too small.