How to spend a day in Montmartre

A day in Montmartre

A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without spending a day in Montmartre. With its winding cobbled streets, local shops, lively cafes and street artists, Montmartre is the epitome of French character. 

Spend a day in Montmartre and you’ll find a village that is quite unlike anywhere else in Paris. Despite being quite touristy in areas, Montmartre is a designated historic area and has managed to retain much of its authenticity and romantic charm. 

A walk through Montmartre feels like you’ve stepped back in time. Most visitors head to Montmartre to see the Basilique du Sacré Coeur, the Place du Tertre and of course, Moulin Rouge. But there is so much more to this neighbourhood than these famous landmarks. I’ve put together the following guide to help you explore this charming area on your next trip.

A DAY IN MONTMARTRE

Montmartre is one of my favourite areas in Paris. I would often spend a day in Montmartre just wandering around the different streets, trying new cafes, and listening to the locals’ lively conversations. It’s a romantic area with lots of character.
 
In this guide, I’ve rounded up some of the places that make Montmartre so charming. You’ll find a map with all of these locations at the end of this article.
 

1. Rue de l’Abreuvoir

There are so many beautiful streets in Montmartre but Rue de l’Abreuvoir is my favourite. This picturesque, cobbled street is a popular place for painters.

Standing at the bottom of the street, you can almost picture Monet, Picasso and Van Gough all sat with their easels painting this pretty scene when they lived in Montmartre.

A day in Montmartre
Walk to the bottom of the cobbled street and look back up for picturesque view of Sacré Coeur.

2. La Maison Rose

Located at the top of Rue de l’Abreuvoir, La Maison Rose is an important part of Montmartre’s history. The restaurant was opened in 1905 by Germaine and Ramon Pichot and was frequented by generations of famous artists, including Maurice Utrillo, Modigliani and Pablo Picasso, who was friends with the owners. 

Its pastel pink façade and green shutters have made it an Instagram favourite but it’s also worth going inside to see the vintage décor and sample some of the traditional French dishes.

A day in Montmartre - La Maison Rose
A walking tour of Montmartre wouldn't be complete without a stop at La Maison Rose. This little restaurant has played an important part in Montmartre’s history.

3. Rue Cortot

Just across from La Maison Rose lies another fairy tale street, Rue Cortot. There is something very enchanting about the cobbled street with its ivy covered buildings so don’t miss this street when you spend a day in Montmartre. 

Rue Cortot is also home to the oldest building in Paris, Bel-Air House, which now houses the Musée de Montmartre. Built in the 17th century, the former residence was a meeting place for many artists including Auguste Renoir who had a studio here.

A day in Montmartre - Rue Cortot
Further up the street you’ll see the old water tower and the stone clock tower which look like part of a castle from a distance.

4. Clos Montmartre Vineyard

Just down the road from La Maison Rose, you’ll find Le Clos Montmartre, the oldest working vineyard in Paris. Montmartre was once full of vineyards but many were destroyed during the French revolution. Clos Montmartre survived and was renewed in 1933 as a way to protect the land from property developers.

Today, the vineyard produces about 1500 half-litre bottles of Gamay and Pinot Noir each year which are sold and auctioned for local charities at the annual wine festival, La Fête des Vendanges, which takes place in October.

The vineyard is closed to the public but you can still wander round the outside of the railings and admire the colours of the vines.

5. Rue du Mont-Cenis

Built on a hill, steps and winding stairways can be found around every corner in Montmartre. Lined with lampposts, the steps at Rue du Mont-Cenis always make me feel like I’ve walked into an old Hollywood film, especially at night when they’re lit up and create a soft glow.

On a clear day you can get a lovely view towards the North of Paris from these steps.

6. Le Consulat

Wander along any street in Montmartre and you’re sure to stumble across some of the cutest cafes in Paris. Le Consulat café is just a few minutes from Sacré Coeur and has plenty of vintage charm.

The café has served a number of acclaimed artists and writers over the decades, including Picasso, Monet and Van Gough. If you’re looking for somewhere to relax and watch the world go by, this is the place.

This historic restaurant has a rich history and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. To get the best photos and tables, make sure you go early on a week day.

7. Le mur des je t’aime

Located on the square at Place des Abbesses, this beautiful mural was designed by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito and has become a must-see for people visiting the city of romance. The mural is made from 511 dark-blue enamel tiles and features the phrase ‘I love you’ in nearly 250 different languages. 

The splashes of red over the mural are said to represent parts of a broken heart which the wall tries to bring back together.

This unique monument is dedicated to love and says ‘I love you’ 311 times.

8. Lamarck-Caulaincourt Metro Station

You’ll probably recognise this metro station from the numerous Instagram photos. It’s another Parisian icon and one of the most photogenic metro stations in Paris with steps running up both sides and le Refuge bistro across the street.

If you enjoy street photography then this is a great place to come as there’s a real buzz and vibrant feel as people go about their day to day activities.

This is a great spot for street photographers. Try to visit early in the morning when the restaurants are starting to open and there is a real buzz.

LOCATION DETAILS

You’ll find all of the places listed in this article on my map below. To save this map, click on the star on the right hand side of the title. This will save the map to “Your Places” in the Google Maps so you have it for your next trip to Paris.

WHERE NEXT?

Paris is one of the most romantic and photogenic cities in Europe. Over the years I’ve found some beautiful places so I’ve put together a guide to the most instagrammable spots in Paris to help you plan your trip. I also have a guide to the best panoramic viewpoints in Paris if you’re looking for more Paris inspiration.

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LOVE FROM STEPH






2 Comments

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    • lovefromsteph
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      23 June 2019 / 10:17 pm

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