Become an admirer of the hill and discover the bohemian side of Paris on the heights of Montmartre. Even though the area is one of the most touristic of the capital, it has managed to retain its charm and authenticity.
If you don’t dare to face the 237 steps up to the Sacré-Coeur basilica, then take the funicular railway to see the second most visited monument in France after Notre Dame. At the summit of the hill you will be able to marvel at one of the most beautiful views in Paris.
If searching for a romantic Montmartre, head towards Place des Abbesses and go on until Jehan-Rictus square to feel the passion in front of the Mur des Je T’Aime (The “I Love You” Wall). Go down rue des Abbesses and visit the tombs of Emile Zola, Degas or Berlioz at the Montmartre cemetery.
Walk along the small steep streets of Abbesses and discover the artistic Montmartre by having your portrait captured by the caricaturists in Place du Tertre. Next, go and mingle in the many bars and restaurants hidden in the area’s narrow streets.
Take some fresh air, and in October, go to the wine harvesting festival of Montmartre or come and admire one of the last windmills of Montmartre, the Moulin de la Galette, which was immortalised by August Renoir.
But it is the sails of different windmill which have gone down in history. Stop at Pigalle and go to the lead dancers show at the mythical Moulin Rouge to relive the great saga of Montmartre. Unless you prefer to move on to Place Clichy to enjoy tasty dishes in Art Deco surroundings at Charlot, the king of shellfish. Montmartre is a joyous mixture of styles : the diversity of this elevated district giving it its soul.