Montmartre, a whimsical village sitting on top of a hill in the 18th arrondissement that has been home to some truly talented artists and dreamers over the years. Visiting this charming part of Paree is always worth the stairs involved with its lovely architecture and gorgeous views of the city.
Whilst there are definitely a few tourist traps in this part of Paris there are some hidden treasures waiting to be discovered if you aimlessly wander the quiet side streets. Prepare to get wonderfully lost and if you are ever in doubt just simply look up and head back uphill towards the Sacré – Coeur.
To get you started here are a few of my favourite places to explore in Montmartre.
Rue de l’Abreuvoir:
My favourite street in the 18th arrondissement with a view of the Sacré – Coeur, gorgeous greenery and pastel toned architecture, including the adorable La Maison Rose cafe.
The last remaining vineyard in Paris, which offers 27 wine varieties is located on the corner of Rue de Saules and Rue Saint-Vincent. A great time of year to experience this adorable vineyard and the wine it produces is during the Fête des Vendanges. A grape harvest festival, which occurs each year on the second weekend of October.
Le mur des je t’aime:
A truly wonderful declaration of love (in 250 languages no less) in the form of a wall in Square Jean Rictus, Place des Abesses. This park is one of my favourite places to take a lunch break (with delicious treats from Pain Pain) and partake in some delightful people watching.
Sacré – Coeur:
Undoubtedly the most tourist dense part of Montmartre (particularly on weekends) but nonetheless worth the visit. Sit on the steps and take in the breathtaking panorama of dreamy Paree.