MONTMARTRE GUIDE

A day strolling in the most cinematographic district of Paris

PARIS MONTMARTRE GUIDE

Talking about the most famous hill in Paris where everyone can enjoy the romantic and stunning view of this beautiful city, the name of "Montmartre" will surely be the one. The hill of Montmartre is located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. From this hill, we can appreciate the epic panoramic view of Paris and also experience the artistic atmosphere where well-known artists like Picasso and Renoir used to spend their time creating their famous works of art. Apart from the Basilica Sacré Cœur that impresses the locals and the tourists at all times, the O’bon Paris team is now ready to share an easy guide that will help you better discover this area. 


Each stone of its narrow winding streets, every centimeter of its squares and parks preserves the history and memory of artists, writers ... Montmartre is its own world inside Paris, full of indescribable charm, a village that has preserved its atmosphere until now. A walk through the most popular quarter of Paris will bring great pleasure. We have compiled a guide for you in this beautiful area so that you can just navigate and find all the most interesting places for a walk, shopping, and a delicious dinner.

 

 

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AN IDEAL ITINERARY FOR MONTMARTRE IN ONE DAY

 MONTMARTRE ITINERARY 

Of course, when talking about Montmartre, everyone would think of the name of Sacré Cœur which is a white Byzantine basilica on the top of the hill. We will surely include this place in our itinerary but in order to show you some other hidden corners of this area, we will start off by having a look in the [1] Musée de la Vie Romantique to appreciate the artworks and objects under the movement of Romanticism in the 18th - 19th century. Then, we can have a walk to the cute small neighborhood called [2]“Cité du Midi” and get some nice photos from this street full of cute greenish plants. After that, let’s walk to the Place des Abbesses and enjoy another artwork [3]“Le Mur de Je t’aime” or “the Wall of I love you”. Not too far from the Abbesses square, we recommend you stop by the beret shop [4]Héritage Laulhère” in which you can find the best quality French beret in Paris. In less than 3 minutes from the beret shop, you will find the secondhand shop named [5]“Chinemachine” and just the next block, there is  [6]"SPREE" concept store that collects all the best-selected fashion items. These two places would be heaven for those who are fond of shopping and fashion. After shopping, you may want to get some souvenirs so we would suggest a chocolate shop named [7] A la Mère de Famille that sells chocolate and confectionery in a very cute decoration shop. Let’s continue our walk by going to a small street called [8] Villa Léandre. This street will make you feel like you are in the English neighborhood which is calm and cute. After a long walk, it’s time for lunch so let’s stop by a restaurant [9] La Boîte Aux Lettres or [10] Le Moulin de Galette which make your stomach full and ready to continue the day. Filled by the delicious lunch menu, we are now moving to [11] Place Dalida and walk straight to the famous [12] Maison Rose. From there, you can also walk to a museum called “Musée Montmartre” from where you can enjoy the story of the big artists and the view of vineyards of Montmartre. Now, continue walking to [13] Place de Tertre where located a lot of restaurants and street artists. Once you finish enjoying the liveliness of that square, you can get some snacks from a small nice restaurant [14] GRENOUILLES and be ready for the magnificent [15] Basilica Sacré Coeur and the panoramic view from the top of this byzantine basilica. Before finishing the day, we would invite you to grab a cup of coffee at the very well-known coffee shop [16] The Hardware Société. Then, let’s take the street in front of the square Saint Louise-Michel to the [17] Halle Saint Pierre to enjoy the art exhibition, a bookshop or even a cup of coffee. Just behind the hall, you will also find the big drapery store Marché Sainte Pierre that sells a lot of different types of textiles. Before going back home, we suggest you finish your day at [18] Parapharmacie Monge in which you can look for any skincare products and French healthcare products at the most affordable price. Voilà, that is how we sum up our Montmartre stroll. Next, we are moving on to talk about where to shop, where to eat and what to see in Montmartre.

 

WHERE TO SHOP IN MONTMARTRE ?

SHOPPING IN MONTMARTRE

Montmartre may not be the most popular area for shopping purpose but after having spent some time in Paris, our team has found out that Montmartre has actually offered us quite a lot of choices for souvenirs, clothing, textile and other unique vintage shops as well as a very likeable chocolate shop. Hence, we decided to give you the name of some spots where you can get a fun shopping experiences in Montmartre.


HALLE SAINT PIERRE PARIS

LA HALLE SAINT-PIERRE

This is a hall in which you can find the gallery, museum, bookshop and a café on the day visiting Montmartre. The place holds different exhibitions which are about the various types of art and cultural events. Visiting this hall, then, is a chance to go shopping for books, to enjoy a cup of coffee and to explore arts and culture as well.

 

Address : 2 Rue Ronsard, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 12 Abbesses Station/ Bus line 85 Rochechouart-Clignancourt stop/ Metro line 4 Barbès- Rochechouart Station

Opening hours : Monday – Friday 11:00 - 18:00, Saturday 11:00 - 19:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00

Telephone :  +33 1 42 58 72 89

 

 MARCHE SAINT PIERRE PARIS

MARCHÉ SAINT PIERRE

Marché Saint Pierre is big drapery store located behind La Halle Saint-Pierre. This should be the most favorite place for those who are interested in fashion or DIY clothes as it provides a lot of different choices of textile that you can use for the dressmaking or any other purposes. By entering into the store, you will be amazed by the tons of cloth rolls that you are free to choose and decide which one to take home for your fancy dresses.

 

Address : 2 Rue Charles Nodier 75018

Transportation : Metro line 12 Abbesses Station/ Bus line 85 Rochechouart-Clignancourt stop/ Metro line 4 Barbès- Rochechouart Station

Opening hours : Monday– Friday 10:00 - 18:30, Saturday 10:00 - 19:00, Closed on Sunday

Telephone :  +33 1 46 06 92 25

 

VINTAGE BOUTIQUE PARIS

CHINEMACHINE

This is a vintage shop in which you can enjoy trying on the second hand clothes of your choices. The price is also quite reasonable. CHINEMACHINE is a two-story shop surrounded by the lively music and the spacious area full of chic second hand clothes and accessories. After having visited the place, we have to admit that we are quite impressed with their second hand collection of jackets in the basement. If you are also looking for unique jacket for this autumn, CHINEMACHINE is obviously a place that you should visit.

 

Address : 100 Rue des Martyrs 75018 Paris 

Transportation : Metro line 12 Abbesses Station/ Bus line 40 Orsel stop

Opening hours : Tuesday – Saturday 12h00 - 20h00, Sunday 13h00 - 20h00

Telephone :  +33 1 80 50 27 66

 

SPREE CONCEPT STORE PARIS

SPREE CONCEPT STORE

SPREE is a concept store that gathers all the clothes from famous and the designer brands both local and international. The shop is decorated in a quite simple but modern way. The staffs with experiences in the fashion world are also more than happy to give you advice for the choice of clothes like how to mix and match each items together or to choose the suitable dress for different occasions. The shop owner also informed us that he would soon open the SPREE coffee shop across the street. We had a chance to visit his soon-to-be-ready coffee shop and to taste the cappuccino that would be served in the coffee shop. We looked at each other after one sip and all agreed that the taste of coffee is really impressive and that it lit up our energy for the stroll in Montmartre.

 

Address : 16 rue la Vieuville 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 12 Abbesses Station/Bus line 40 Orsel stop

Opening hours : Tuesday – Saturday 11h00 - 19h30, Sunday 15h00 - 19h00

Telephone :  +33 1 42 23 41 40

E-mail : [email protected]

 

HERITAGE LAULHERE PARIS

HERITAGE LAULHERE

French people and beret is something that cannot be separated from each other. Hence, O’bon Paris then thinks about putting the shop of beret like Héritage Laulhère into this article for those who are looking for a nice French original beret house. Héritage Laulahère provides you with various choices of beret from Laulhère brand; both classic and modern design. Laulhère is a French brand founded since 1840 and continue their activities until today with the traditional way of beret making. If you are eager to see more of Héritage Laulhère shop, we invite you to go to our article by clicking here. Apart from the information about the shop, we also provide you a discount of 10% which can be downloaded here.

 

Address : 7 Rue la Vieuville, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 12 Abbesses Station/Bus line 40 Orsel stop

Opening Hours : Daily 11:00-18:00

 

PHARMACIE MONGE SACRE-COEUR

PARAPHARMACIE MONGE

Not far from Sacré Cœur, located the parapharmacy which is very popular among the tourists thanks to the reasonable price and the location which is easily accessible. Pharmacie Monge prepares staff who can advise you the products of choices for your skin and also any supplements for your healthy body. Recently, we also created an article to help you decide what to shop in pharmacy so you can have some references by clicking here. Moreover, you can be entitled to a 10% discount for shopping at Pharmacie Monge by downloading the coupon from O’bon Paris here.

 

Address: 70 Boulevard de Rochechouart et 2, Rue de Steinkerque, 75018 Paris

Opening Hours : Daily 8:00 – 21:00

Transportation : Metro line 12 Abbesses Station, Metro line 2 Anvers Station, Metro line 4 Barbès-Rochechouart

 

A LA MERE DE FAMILLE PARIS

A LA MERE DE FAMILLE 

This chocolate shop was first opened in 1761. The shop provides sweets, chocolate, cakes, pastries and also ice cream. The long history of this chocolate could be a guarantee for the taste and the quality of the products from their shops. As a souvenir, it is also nice to get some fancy candy jar, nougat or chocolate for your family and friends. The price of the confectionaries is also reasonable so this is obviously another good place to shop for any souvenirs. The shop itself is also outstanding by the cheerful green facades and the decoration of with the name of the shop in golden color. The atmosphere inside the shop is also very festive that you cannot resist but excited to try all of their chocolate.

 

 Address : 23 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 2 Blanche station, Metro line 12 Pigalle station

Opening hours : Monday-Saturday 10:00-20:00, Sunday 10:00-19:30

Telephone : +33 1 53 41 62 97

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WHERE TO EAT IN MONTMARTRE?

WHERE TO EAT IN MONTMARTRE

Walking around in Montmartre, we noticed a lot of restaurant and small cute café. The list of the places that you should not missed is provided below.

 

LE RELAIS GASCON PARIS

LE RELAIS GASCON

If you fancy a full French meal, we invite you to join the cozy restaurant named Le relais Gascon where you can enjoy the set menu of appetizer, a main dish and dessert at 17,50 € (only lunchtime, Monday to Friday) or you can go for the set of 27,50 euros as well if you are a real food lover. However, if the set menus seem too much for you, then the choice of Formule express (main dish + Coffee) would be recommended with the price of 9,90 euros but this Formule express is served only at lunch on Monday and Friday.

 

LA BOITE AUX LETTRES

LA BOÎTE AUX LETTRES

Having put this restaurant on the list, we expected the nice photos for our instagram posts but after having been seated in the restaurant, we were impressed by the warm welcome of the staff and the friendly atmosphere of the place. Then, we asked for the recommended dish from the waitress. She advised us that the menu called "Chèvre Betterave" which is the best one for photo and also the taste so of course, we went for this beetroot and goat cheese salad as an entrée. The recommended main dish is "Filet de Lieu Jaune, Chou Fleur et Sauge" . The fish was cooked very nicely. The dish was so tempting by the plate decoration full of colors from the stir fried vegetable and their special sauce. To end this lunch perfectly, we chose the Tiramisu after seeing an old couple in the restaurant enjoying this dessert and they looked so happy. We were not disappointed. This Tiramisu was obviously the one that completed perfectly our meal. However, we were noticed that the restaurant will be closed for 2 months (November-December 2019) due to the renovation. Hence, during this period, La Boîte aux lettres may have to be put out from your trip in Montmartre. Still, the staff there confirmed that the new La Boîte aux Lettres will always welcome you with the same warm and happy vibes.

 

Address : 108 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 12 Abbesses station, Bus 40 Abbesses stop

Opening hours : Monday to Saturday 10h30 - 02h00, Closed on Sunday

Telephone :  +33 1 42 51 76 84

Additional information : The restaurant is closed during November - December 2019 for renovation.

 

MOULIN DE LA GALETTE PARIS

MOULIN DE LA GALETTE

This restaurant has become popular thanks to the painting of Renoir called « Bal du Moulin de la Galette ». The highlight of the restaurant is a windmill on the roof which was originally used to produce the flour. Then, the windmill house was turned into the outdoor dance floor which inspired the famous painting of Renoir. Now, the windmill is used as a decoration and a symbol for one of the best restaurants called « Le Moulin de Galette ». At the same time, it also attracts a lot of tourists who follow Renoir’s inspiration for his paintings.

 

Address : 83 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 12 Lamarck-Caulaincourt station, Bus 40 88, Rue Lepic stop

Opening hours : Daily 12h00-23h00

Telephone :  +33 1 46 06 84 77

 

 THE HARDWARE SOCIETE PARIS

THE HARDWARE SOCIETE PARIS

A cup of coffee with some light snacks is the nicest combination for an afternoon break in Montmartre. We introduce you now one of the most famous café in Montmartre. There is no surprise if you go there and see the long line waiting in front of the shop. It is normal as the features of their food on instagram is so tempting that the locals and the tourists come to taste their brunch menu and the various choices of coffee and drinks. This coffee shop presents their look as simple and easily accessible for all.

 

Address : 10 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 4 Château Rouge station, Bus 85 Muller stop

Opening hours : Monday 09h00 - 16h00, Thursday and Friday 09h00 - 16h00, Saturday and Sunday 09h00 - 16h30, Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Telephone :  +33 1 42 51 69 03

 

KB COFFEE ROASTER

KB COFFEE ROASTER

Although, this coffee shop is located in the 9th district, we consider it one of the places in Montmartre as it is very popular among the Parisians and not too far from the streets in Montmartre. This coffee shop is called “KB caféshop”. Apart from coffee and drinks, this coffee shop also prepares a nice brunch menu to be served all day. This shop is also well known for their carrot cake. This is much recommended to try. The shop itself is decorated in quite a loft style and very simple so the guests can feel relaxed and enjoy the cute corners for instagram photos or the seats outside that offer the street view where you can enjoy the Parisian vibes on a nice sunny day.

 

Address : 53 Avenue Trudaine 75009 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 7 Le Peletier station

Opening hours : Monday to Friday 07h45 - 18h30, Saturday to Sunday 09h00 - 18h30

Telephone :  +33 1 56 92 12 41

 

 GRENOUILLES RESTAURANT, PARIS

GRENOUILLES PARIS

Easy baguette sandwich is definitely a better choice to help avoid the long queue for the restaurant. GRENOUILLES is a small sandwich restaurant that serves you with a big smile of staff and the great quality of ingredients. The shop may look small but you will not regret entering into this small studio. The easy cooking sandwich will surprise you with the smell of French baguettes, the taste of dried ham and sausage plus with the delicious sauce that is put in their baguette to spice up your sandwiches.

 

Address : 55 Rue du Chevalier de La Barre, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 4 Château Rouge station, Bus 85  Muller stop

Opening hours : Monday to Friday 09h00 - 20h00, Saturday 09h00 - 22h00, Sunday 09h00 - 20h00

Telephone :  +33 6 65 13 95 67

 

 

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WHAT TO SEE IN MONTMARTRE?

Being called an artistic district, Montmartre is full of cute corner for photoshooting and also the place marked with some historical events. Let's find out what to see in Montmartre.

 

MUSEE DE LA VIE ROMANTIQUE PARIS

MUSÉE DE LA VIE ROMANTIQUE

Despite the location is in the 9th district of Paris, Musée de la vie romantique is considered as one of the places that you can spend some time walking to enjoy the artwork or paintings created under the movement of Romanticism like the work of Delacroix or Chopin for example. Once entering in the area of the museum, we can feel like we are in the countryside thanks to the trees and the garden around the museum. At one side of the museum, located the small café in the garden. The café provides the seats both inside the glass room and outdoors in the garden.

 

Address : Hotel Scheffer-Renan 16, Rue  Chaptal 75009 Paris 

Transportation : Metro line 7 Le Peletier station, Bus 74 Pigalle-Chapelle stop, Bus 40 Gustave Toudouze stop

Opening hours : Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 18h00, Closed on Monday

Telephone :  +33 1 55 31 95 67

 

CITE DU MIDI PARIS

CITE DU MIDI

Located not far from the metro station Pigalle, “Cité du Midi” is considered a nice calm street in the middle of crowded touristic district like Montmartre. The street is about 100 meters long but full of the houses in the Mediterranean with plants, small bushes and cute corners for photos. “Midi” in French can also referred to the region in the south of France which can be related to the atmosphere and the relaxing style of the houses on that street.The street is open to the public.However, we prefer to recommend you to make sure not to disturb the inhabitants in the area when visiting this cute little street.

 

Address : Cité du Midi, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 12 Pigalle station or Metro line 2 Blanche station

 

THE WALL OF JE T'AIME PARIS

THE WALL OF JE T'AIME

Before going straight to the basilica of Sacré Coeur, take some of your time to see another artwork called “Le mur de Je t'aime” or “The wall of Je t’aime”. It is the big blue wall full of ‘I love you’ in 250 languages.This was created by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito. Apart from the ‘I love you’, you will also notice the small red fragments which refer to the pieces of broken hearts that are supposed to be healed by the love words.

 

Address : 14 Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 12 Abbesses station 

 

MUSEE DE MONTMARTRE PARIS

MUSÉE DE MONTMARTRE

Montmartre is well-known for being a gathering place for artists especially in 19th century. This museum also used to be the place where the big artist like Suzanne Valadon spent her time to create her artworks. The famous painting like  Bal du moulin de la Galette by Auguste Renoir also finished up here in this area of the Montmartre. The indoor museum will impress you by the artworks of the well-known artists and the scene of each rooms that used to be the atelier or the studios where those artists spent their time painting and living during the time they were alive. Then, you can go out of the building and enjoy the garden which gave the relaxing moment in Montmartre with the view of the vineyard near the museum.

 

Address : 12 Rue Cortot 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 12 Lamarck-Caulaincourt station, Bus 40 Les Vignes stop

Opening hours : Daily 10h00 - 19h00

Telephone :  +33 1 49 25 89 39

 

PLACE DU TERTRE PARIS

PLACE DU TERTRE

Place de Tertre is the lively square near the basilica of Sacré Cœur. This square is full of restaurants and you can always see the street artists carrying their paint board around and offer the service of portrait paintings. Apart from the painting service and the restaurants in this area, you can also buy some souvenirs from Montmartre and go inside the Church of Saint-Pierre of Montmartre which is considered one of the oldest churches in Paris.

 

Address : Place du Tertre, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 12 Abbesses station, Bus 40 Orsel stop

 

LA BASILIQUE DU SACRE-COEUR PARIS

LA BASILIQUE DU SACRE-COEUR

The walk Montmartre could not be completed without the basilica of Sacré Coeur.  This is a spot where you can usually hear the music played by the street artists and get stunned by the panoramic view of Paris. The small grass field on the way up to the basilic called Square Louise-Michel is also a nice place to relax especially in summer you will see a lot of Parisians having picnic with friends and family.

Sacré Coeur is a byzantine basilica built on the ground of the victory of France over the Prussian army and to build the moral support. To make this guide more impressive, we decided to climb up 300 steps to get to the top of the basilica. We knew that this would not be easy but let’s think about the view and you will be more motivated. During our way up to the basilica, we stopped from time to time for a break in a quite narrow stairway. It cannot be avoided to say that it was hard work to climb up there but once we saw the view, we all agreed that it was “magnifique” 

Apart from those main places that we mentioned, there are also other spots full of history and photogenic corners like “Villa Lénandre” which is a calm neighborhood that looks a lot like English town. There is also a square called “Place Dalida” where you can appreciate the nice view of Sacre Coeur dome and the street that lies to the popular Maison Rose café. Then, just on the same street of Maison Rose, there is a vineyard that will make you confused by its existence in such a big city like Paris.

 

Address : 35 Rue du Chevalier de La Barre, 75018 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 4 Château Rouge station, Metro line 12 Abbesses station, Metro line 2 Anvers station, Bus 85 Muller stop

Opening hours : Daily 06h00 - 22h30 (timing can be differed on All Saint’s day)

 

LA MAISON ROSE PARIS MONTMARTRE

O’bon Paris' Tip

Despite the stunning romantic atmosphere, Montmartre can also be dangerous for the tourists. It is recommended to avoid talking or having in contact with the crew having the small rope in their hands. This crew is normally gathered on your way up to Sacré Cœur, around the square Louise-Michel. These people will play with your hand by using their rope and then will ask you to pay them as the rope is the souvenir from Montmartre. Then, that can be hard to leave them without paying as your hand is already tied up by rope.

 


Words and Photographs by O'bon Paris Team

Drawings by Fangfang