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Montmartre Paris Tour Guide

Updated on 4/02/2020

Montmartre is the legendary district that hosted the artists who frequented the cafés and bars where the bourgeois went to slum it in the 19th century. This Bohemian lifestyle has disappeared, but Montmartre retains its charming village character, and is one of the most visited places to visit in Paris.

The must-see places to explore in Montmartre

Abbesses Square

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.

75018 Paris

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

A stroll through Montmartre to discover less well-known places

Montmartre is part of Paris that is most visited by tourists, but there are still some less well-known places to explore on this hill while you're taking a pleasant walk.

The shopfronts on Rue Durantin 

In this charming street, especially between numbers 17 and 35, the shops have kept their charming old signs intact. For example, number 1 houses an accounting firm under the sign of the "Boulangerie Montmartroise" (Montmartre Bakery).

75018 Paris

Villa Léandre

Not far from the beautiful Avenue Junot, there is a small hidden cul-de-sac, paved and lined with English style cottages called the Villa Léandre. This charming complex was built at the beginning of the 20th century on the site of an old slum, the Maquis de Montmartre.

Access by 25 Avenue Junot, 75018

Studio 28

Studio 28, which, as its name suggests, was created in 1928, is an old cinema which is interesting to explore. This legendary spot has a decorated entrance corridor, a room with light fixtures designed by Jean Cocteau, who was a famous sponsor of the place, and a pleasant bar/winter garden. This 170-seat independent cinema is a technically advanced place to see the 10 art films it schedules each week. People who live in Montmartre are always aware of the cinema, since the district is classified in the top 10 most symbolic filming locations in Paris.

10 Rue Tholozé, 75018 Paris

The "I love you" wall

Paris is called the city of love and in Place Jehan Rictus Montmartre has a place dedicated to lovers. In 2000, the artist Frederic Baron created a piece called the "I love you" wall, where this declaration of love is written in 250 languages and patois. Over a surface of 40 m² you can see 311 versions of "I love you". An unmissable sight for lovers from all over the world.

Place Jehan Rictus, Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris

Place Dalida

The singer Dalida loved Montmartre and lived on rue d'Orchampt. The City of Paris paid tribute to her by placing her statue in a square, located near the Place Constantin Pecqueur, next to the Château des Brouillards, which is named after her. It's a place of pilgrimage for her many fans.

Place Dalida, 75018 Paris

Montmartre Cemetery

This famous cemetery is home to many famous people like Sacha Guitry, Émile Zola, Michel Berger and Dalida. Bask in the fabulous historical atmosphere of this 11-hectare area where 20,000 tombs have been recorded.

A stroll through Montmartre is something you'll never forget.

20 Avenue Rachel, 75018 Paris

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