If you're going to visit Montmartre, there are several places you absolutely must see if you want to capture the spirit of this very charming district.
Place de Abbesses
The Place des Abbesses is the most well-known square in Montmartre. It hosts flea markets, folk festivals, a merry-go-round and concerts in both winter and summer. The Wallace Fountain and the Art Nouveau metro station, adorned with an entrance shelter designed by the architect Guimard, characterise this square bordered by trendy boutiques and cafés with terraces.
Place Des Abbesses, 75018 Paris
The Moulin de la Galette
The Moulin de la Galette, built in 1640, is one of the original buildings on the hill of Montmartre. You can admire it from Lepic Street. It has been called Le Moulin de la Galette since 1860, when it became a popular bar and dance hall. It has inspired many artists, including Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso. A famous painting by Renoir called "Bal du Moulin de la Galette" can be seen at the Musée d'Orsay. Now a music hall, television studio and restaurant, it has welcomed artists from all walks of life.
83 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris
La Place du Tertre
This is the historic village square where you can weave through the crowds along the restaurant terraces and among the painters' and portrait painters' easels, which occupy 140 sites. In 1790, the Montmartre's town hall was located at number 3 and the headquarters of the free municipality of Vieux Montmartre, founded in 1920, was at number 19. Among the must-see places are the Chez la mère Catherine café and the Saint-Pierre de Montmartre church, which houses the Romanesque remains of the Abbaye des Dames.
Place du Tertre, 75000 Paris
The Montmartre hill
This name evokes mythical stories such as the one of the Bateau-Lavoir, in Place Émile Goudeau, where Picasso created Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and fabulous places such as Amélie Poulain's café, the café des 2 Moulins, at n° 15 rue Lepic. The Sacré-Coeur Basilica can be reached by taking the funicular or by energetically climbing the 222 steps, crossing Place Louise Michel. From the top of the hill, the view of Paris is magnificent.
The Clos-Montmartre vineyard
The hill of Montmartre was lined with vines well before the year 1000. Today, from rue des Saules or rue Saint-Vincent, you can explore the last remaining pocket of the Parisian vineyards. Red and white wines called La Goutte d'Or or Le Picolo are marketed by the 18th arrondissement's Comité de Fêtes.
Rue des Saules, 75018 Paris
The Cabaret Le Lapin Agile
Based in a building dating from 1795 that once housed a hostel called Au rendez-vous des voleurs, (“the thieves meeting place”) in 1869 the cabaret was known as the Cabaret des Assassins and featured a gallery of engravings of famous murderers. Its current name dates back to 1880 and it quickly became a popular place to go in Paris because artists, poets and songwriters rubbed shoulders with both thugs and the aristocratic young. Nowadays, it has the status of a living Conservatory of French Song which conserves the French heritage and encourages the emergence of new talents. Everyone who goes there loves its old-fashioned atmosphere.
22 Rue des Saules, 75018 Paris