Have you heard the phrase “Who did not see Montmartre did not recognize Paris”? This 130-meter hill along with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower is considered the hallmark of the French capital. About it will be discussed in this material.
Montmartre: general information
The first mention of Montmartre appeared back in ancient Rome. Due to its favorable geographical location and stunning panorama, the rich built houses and temples here. According to the chronicles, Saint Dionysius, the first Parisian bishop, was beheaded here. This is where the name of the attraction came from – “the mountain of martyrs.”
Montmartre in Paris fully embodies French antiquity. Around the hill there was an area with narrow curved streets, colorful buildings and Parisian serenity. Today life here is very measured. Locals slowly roam the flea market, drink coffee in cozy open-air coffee shops and have quiet conversations. If you want to see the real France, here you are!
Montmartre attractions on the map
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How to get to Montmartre
Montmartre is the highest point in Paris. Geographically, this is the 18th urban district (northern part of the capital).
You have 3 options for getting to Montmartre:
- Number 1. Metro. Line 12 (Exit at Abbesses Station (center), Pigalle or Marx Dormay); line 4 (Porte de Clignancourt or Barbes-Rochechouart); line 2 (Pigalle, Anvers or Blanche at Moulin Rouge); line 13 (La Fourche)
- No. 2. Bus routes 30, 80, 85.
- No. 3. Taxi. The trip will cost from 40 to 70 euros, depending on the area from which you start the journey.
Sights of Montmartre, France
On a small area, dozens of architectural monuments are located. The sights of Montmartre are picturesque. Together, they create an indescribable atmosphere, for which tourists come here. So what to see in Montmartre, what are the main attractions of this area?
Sacre Coeur Cathedral in Montmartre
The Catholic Church, built in the late XIX-early XX centuries, the main attraction of the area. It stands at the very top of the hill. The name of the basilica in translation from French means “the heart of Christ.” The architectural style is Byzantine. The temple is crowned by a dome, whose height is 83 m, and a 100-meter bell tower. The interior is beautiful: there are a lot of stained-glass windows, monumental mosaics, high ceilings, large windows. Spacious, bright, luxurious.
Opening hours Sacre Coeur: 6: 30-22: 30. Entrance to the temple is free.
Museum of Montmartre
Look for the Montmartre Museum at 12 Rue Cortot. It is located in an old mansion. The museum was founded in 1960. Today, 4 expositions operate on it on a regular basis, telling about the history, development, difficult periods and the most prominent representatives of the region. The museum is open for visitors from 10:00 to 18:00 in the winter, and from 10:00 to 19:00 in the summer. A visit with an English audio guide will cost you € 12. Guests from 18 to 25 years old – € 9. An admission ticket for young people from 10 to 17 years old will be even cheaper, € 6, and up to 10 years old and completely free.
Cabaret “Frisky Rabbit” and “Pink House”
Montmartre is well known for cabaret. “Frisky Rabbit” (Au Lapin Agile) is a place where local residents have sung songs and poems of their own production since the middle of the XIX century. In the 20th century, the elite began to meet in the cabaret. Picasso, Paul Verlaine, Renoir loved to come here. Cabaret is open today every day, except Mondays, from 21:00 to 01:00. Here you can watch bright original performances. Choice show with a drink – € 28.
Cabaret “Pink House” in the past – the most ordinary cafe with white walls. Once the artist Maurice Utrello came up with the idea to repaint a two-story building in a pretty pink color. This brought both fame. Popular among locals and tourists, the cabaret stands at the intersection of Sol and Abrevoir.
Monument to Dalida and House of Dalida
The famous French singer, the queen of chanson, Dalida, lived in the Montmartre district. Her records diverged in millions of copies. On Orsham Street is the house of Dalida on Montmartre. She lived in it for 25 years and committed suicide here. The singer was depressed for a long time and on the night of May 2 to 3, at the age of 54, she drank a large dose of sleeping pills and did not wake up anymore. Immediately after her death, the house was renovated: it was divided into several apartments, repainted. Fans demanded that a thematic museum be equipped here, but the city authorities refused.
There is a monument to singer Dalida on Montmartre Square. They say that if you hold your hand along the upper part of the statue, you will be lucky in love. It seems that there are also some other beliefs: with me, a foreign group of tourists laughed at the words of their guide and none of the group went to rub the bust of the sculpture 🙂
Moulin de la Galette
This is a windmill in the upper part of the district, a monument of architecture of 1939. It is under state protection. The mill was depicted on their paintings by Theodore Russo, Ramon Casas, Pablo Picasso and others (by the way, some of the paintings are in the Orsay Museum ). Now on this place is a restaurant.
The vineyard, with an area of 1560 m², stands at the intersection of de Sol and Saint-Vincent. Several thousand vines grow here. Each year they receive 500 liters of wine. The total number of grape varieties is 27 species.
On the first Saturday of October, a big celebration is taking place in the area – the New Wine Festival. A fair is organized where wine and other local products are sold, live music is played, the godfather and mother are elected, who set the tone for the festival. Colorful noisy sight!
For Amelie fans
The cult film directed by Jean-Pierre Genet was filmed in the Montmartre area. The main female role went to the incomparable Audrey Taut. According to the script, the girl worked as a waitress in the cafe “Two Mills”. The building still stands at: st. Lepik, 15. Almost half of the film took place in it. The cafe after the tape has become very popular, and every year thousands of fans of the cinema masterpiece come here.
Another attraction from Amelie is the house in which the heroine Audrey Tautou lived. Look for him at the address: st. Troyes-Frere, 15. The whole building is decorated with photographs of the actress and newspaper clippings.
The fruit shop, the workplace of Ameli’s friend, is still functioning today. It sells ripe tasty fruits and berries at affordable prices. The shop is located near the house. It is there alone, do not pass by.
Man walking through the wall
An unusual monument is located on Place Marcel Aymé. He is an accountant stuck in a wall. Made of bronze. The author of the project was actor Jean Mare. He dedicated the sculpture to his comrade, Marcel Aime, a famous French writer who wrote a work about a man passing through walls.
Wall of love
Another beautiful landmark of Montmartre is the Wall of Love. Not far from Abbes Square is an ordinary concrete wall, all generously decorated with love confessions in 200 languages of the world.
There is a quiet cemetery in the area where famous people rest: Stendhal, Dalida, Emil Zola – only 20,000 graves. Established in 1825. The cemetery covers an area of 11 hectares. There is a lot of greenery, 700 trees planted. Admission is free from Rachel Avenue. Schedule: 9: 00-17: 30.
To get to know the place better, I suggest going on one or more guided tours
Popular Montmartre Restaurants
There are several good restaurants in the area. I advise you to dine in such places.
Le Relais de la Butte, 12 Rue Ravignan
A traditional French restaurant with great views. Montmart Hill is opened to the eye. The institution was founded back in 1672. The interior is austere, light shades prevail. Come from 8:00 to 01:00. The menu is rich, many dishes for vegetarians. Tasty live beer, fish and seafood appetizers. For a three-course lunch (vegetable salad, mushroom soup, meat dish and coffee), pay about 40 euros per person.
Café des Deux Moulins (Two Mills), 15 Rue Lepic
Renowned after the release of the movie Amelie, the cafe today offers guests French and European cuisine. The institution was opened in the first half of the XX century. The interior is fully consistent with the style of the 50s. On the central wall there is a thematic corner with posters and photos from the film. For breakfast of scrambled eggs, coffee, orange juice and rolls, give 18 euros. By the way, only male waiters work here, not women, as shown in the film.
Bouillon pigalle, 22 Boulevard de Clichy
Small but cozy diner in Montmartre. There is a menu in Russian. Authentic setting. One drawback is the small distance between the tables. The portions are large, the food is delicious, the service is unmatched. Prices are among the lowest in Paris. A hearty three-course dinner + a glass of good dry wine ≈33 euros. Water and bread are served free of charge. Yes, get ready to defend a rather big line at the entrance!
Bistro L’Homme Tranquille
A family-style establishment specializing in home-cooked meals. The chef is the hostess of the establishment, her children and relatives are the rest of the cafe staff. The dishes are simple, tasty, decoration to a minimum. Quiet music plays, twilight in the hall, a lot of candles. The walls are decorated with mirrors and stained-glass windows. Payment only in cash. Cheese, chicken in cream sauce and fresh juice – € 29.
Bistro A la Pomponnette
Good cafe with polite staff and an experienced chef. The only thing is that almost no one speaks English. The menu is not too extensive, but the dishes are delicious, beautifully decorated. The average bill for dinner is € 45.
Montmartre fully conveys the spirit of France. This beautiful and generous place for sightseeing is a must-see!