Montmartre, you were my favorite
When you think of Paris you think of cobblestone streets, a man serenading you with his accordion and La vie en rose, while you sit at one of the many cute local café’s drinking a glass of red. Wandering these streets it’s easy to imagine yourself straight out of a 1920s Paris film.
Hidden In the hills of the 18th arrondissement overlooking both old and new Paris, this district stole my heart, as it does everyone.
At one point, it was its own village out of Paris and traditionally a slower pace within the busy city known for artists, writers, and creatives still holds true to that today. Over the years the charm of Montmartre has stayed the same, except with the faster pace brought on my tourists.
Today there are local café’s, boutiques, vintage stores, galleries with artists showing off their art, family owned restaurants… dare I say one of my favorite places in Europe?
Here are some places in Montmartre you should see.
Monuments & Sight Seeing
The sacré-cour (sacred heart), is probably the first thing to pop into your head when you think of Montmartre… as it should be. This Basilica is propped up on the hill towering over all of Paris.
With the inside being beautifully designed with stain glass, and different sections within designated to specific saints, it’s worth the free-entry inside. During my few visits inside, I was lucky enough to be inside while a mass was going on, so as I admired the inside nuns were singing their religious hymns… it was quite the vibe.
Steps of Montmartre/ Louise Michel Square
After your visit to the Sacré-Cour... walk straight out and head to the steps of Montmartre. I spent quite a bit sitting on these steps, taking in the best view you can get in Paris, and of course while eating my toffee covered nuts from local venders.
*If you smell something of a warm toffee, chocolatey, nutty smell, go towards it! These were my favorite little dessert snacks to munch on while exploring Montmartre. I also could only find them in this area*
If you walk a bit further down from the first 2 sets of stars, you will find that there is a beautiful little park, with a lovely fountain to sit and (hopefully) enjoy the sun!!!
Place du Tertre
A cobblestone square located in the heart of Montmartre, this place almost feels as an outside art festival. There are artists set up left and right all showcasing their beautiful art, musicians serenading you with their musical talents, and the square is lined with café’s and crêpe stands, so you can sit, enjoy coffee, and watch as Artists get carried away by a new muse.
Musee du Montmartre
Located in the oldest building in Montmartre and also home to many familiar artists, like Auguste Renoir, this ‘tres petite musee’ gives you the charming history of ‘La Butte’ through a unique collection of paintings.
After visiting the collection on the inside, you can enjoy a walk through the Renoir Gardens. These gardens have such a unique character along with a gorgeous view of a nearby vineyard. In the gardens, you can take a mid-day break in Café Renoir, a classic glasshouse tea-room inspired café.
Shopping + Food
Around Montmartre you will find some of the coolest vintage shops and little boutiques. By Flowers and Chinemachine are two of the best vintage shops I came across in this area.
Must-Eats in Montmartre include…
Pain Pain is a local boulangerie that you MUST stop by!! After a day of exploring Montmartre some friends & I happened to pop into this bakery and I’m so happy we did. I tried their Croque Monsieur as well as a chocolate éclair, and the next time around there I got a chocolate-pistachio roll…. I would recommend them all!
Refuge des Fondue
A fun and cozy place to go indulge in a pot of melted cheese, as well as drink cheap wine that’s served out of baby bottles. Besides the good food and fun wine… it’s truly the atmosphere that makes this place amazing. Filled with energetic workers, graffiti on the walls ranging from signatures, money from around the world, and pictures of visitors, I wouldn’t want to get fondue anywhere else.
Au Clair De La Lune
I may be biased for including this into this post, but I visited Au Clair De La Lune because my mom took us here when I was 3 years old, and this restaurant serves such a memory for my mom and I.
Coming back 17 years later... this place has remained almost exactly the same. The inside was adorable, the staff was so welcoming, and the food was delicious. The only difference was that they switched owners.
Montmartre you have my heart,