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Things to do in Montmartre: Last updated on the 12th of September 2022 by Lena

 

Hey Paris Explorer! Are you looking for exciting things to do in Montmartre and are keen on not missing a thing in this wonderful neighborhood? Read on!

I love Montmartre. It is one of my favorite areas in Paris and honestly, if I don’t know where to go or what to do, I always find myself heading up north to have yet another walk in the beautiful Montmartre neighborhood. It is just never getting old and each and every time, I discover something new or rediscover something I’ve forgotten about. And this is despite the fact that I lived in Montmartre for a couple of years!

Eiffel Tower from Montmartre
Montmartre is also a good place for Eiffel Tower views

 

Montmarte is a hill in the north of Paris, famous for its artists and Bohemian culture. The hill is topped by the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, which offers stunning views over the city. The streets around the basilica are lined with art galleries and cafés, and there are often buskers and performers in the square. In fact, Montmartre is one of the neighborhoods that Paris is most famous for

Whether you’re an art lover or simply want to explore an iconic Parisian neighborhood, Montmarte is definitely worth a visit. The area is full of hidden gems, surprising street art, and an incredible vibe.

But truth be told, I am not the only one who fell in love with Montmartre and if you are planning on visiting and looking for things to do in Montmartre, you should be aware of a few things.

 

Practical Tips for your visit to Montmartre

I put together this complete guide to my favorite Parisian area to help you prepare for your visit to Montmartre. This guide includes information about how to get there, but most importantly what to see in Montmartre, recommendations on where to eat in Montmartre, and also where to stay.

At the end of this article, you also find a map with all the sights, that you can easily access from your phone to guide you when you are in Montmartre. Please do also read the section on scams in Montmartre and know what you need to watch out for!

 

Where is Montmartre in Paris?

When you are planning your trip to Montmartre, you need to know where Montmartre is in the first place.

Well, this sounds as if Montmartre was a side trip, but the district is actually in inner Paris, in the 18th Arrondissement.

Where is Montmartre
Montmartre is in the Northern part of Paris, in the 18th Arrondissement

Even though it looks like, Montmartre is far away from the center, it is not really. Paris is a surprisingly small city. For example, if you walked from Montmartre to the Louvre, in the very center of Paris, it would take you only 40 minutes.

 

How to get to Montmartre in Paris?

As said, Paris is small, and getting to Montmartre is straightforward. If you are not staying close by and can walk to Montmartre, it’s easiest to take the Metro.

Montmartre has 2 Metro Station, Abbesses and Lamarck-Caulaincourt. Both services by Line 12.

But this being said, the Metro Stations Place Blanche, Pigalle and Anvers of Metro Line 2 are just a stone’s throw away, and so is Barbès-Rochéchouart of Line 4 and Place de Clichy, Line 13

 

Funiculaire de Montmartre

When you are in Montmartre, you have also the option to ride a special train: The Funiculaire de Montmarte. Originally built in 1900, it is the only remaining funicular in Paris. The ride itself is short, but it gives a great view of the city.

The cars are small and often crowded, but it is still a fun ride. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience something different in Paris or who simply can’t or doesn’t want to walk all these stairs!

 

When to visit Montmarte?

Montmartre is of course fantastic no matter the season.

Be it in spring, with the first warm Sundays and the beautiful blossoms popping up everywhere, or in summer with outdoor picnics in front of the Sacré Coeur for nighttime Apéros. But also autumn, with its wonderful fall foliage that is especially nice in the lush Montmartre hill, and winter, with fewer crowds but mulled wine and hot chocolates.

Even though the seasons are not influencing the pleasure of a trip to Montmartre, the day and time certainly are.

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Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmarte – a street that is usually very crowded, unless you visit early

 

As a rule of thumb: favor weekdays over weekends and mornings over afternoons. 

Montmartre is a very popular neighborhood. If you visit on a sunny afternoon on a weekend, you might find yourself being shoved through the narrow cobblestone alleys, while you probably walk them alone on a Tuesday morning.

Well, I know that most of us are traveling over weekends and are not having too much of a choice when it comes to “avoiding the crowds”. A good compromise is, however, to simply visit as early as possible. 

 

Beware of the Scams in Montmartre!

Montmarte is a touristic hotspot, and you need to keep your eyes open to not fall for one of the popular scams that are going on there. Of course, there are as well pickpockets. I summed up briefly in the following the most common scams in Montmartre. However, I recommend you take a look at my post that explains in detail all Scams in Paris. 

 

Signature Scam

A group of -mostly- girls will ask you to sign a petition, sometimes they pretend to be deaf. While you sign their petition, you are very likely to be robbed without you noticing it. They won’t physically harm you or be violent. You see them especially on the stairs when going up or down to the Sacre Coeur.

Just keep on walking. Don’t stop, don’t engage, simply ignore them but keep your valuables close.

 

Bracelet Scam

I am not 100% certain to call this one really a scam, it is rather a sneaky way to force you to buy something. This scam goes like this: You walk up or down the stairs from the Sacre Coeur, and a person will take your wrists and start knotting a friendship bracelet around. Once he’s done, he wants you to pay a little sum for it.

If you know they are there, you’ll see them from far. Keep your hands close to your body or tuck them in your pockets. They are not dangerous, but rather friendly, chatty, and smiling. Just firmly walk past them, and they will leave you alone.

Scammers in Montmartre
A picture of the Bracelet Scam for you to know where to expect them.

 

TukTuk Scam

This is a new scam in Paris. On all sights are guys waiting in TukTuks and offering to give you a ride. Typical tourists rides, from one sight to another. Looks like fun and the price seems fair. Just when you arrive, they will show you a sign, that the price is actually per Person, not per ride. I believe they are linked to organized crime. My advice: Don’t take TukTuk rides, unless arranged beforehand with an agency.

 

Is Montmartre Safe?

Montmartre is a very touristic place and overall safe to walk around day and night, especially the area between Sacre Coeur, Abbesses, and Rue Lepic. But it’s a thing everywhere in Paris, that you are in a safe area, and you turn around two corners, and you see a complete change of scenery.

Montmartre is no exception. This being said and to put it in perspective, it isn’t a no-go area, far from it. Especially during the daytime. But if you are worried, just stay in the center of Montmartre and don’t walk out to the East.

I am talking especially about the area around and in between the Metro Stations Barbès – Rochechouart and Château d’Eau. But believe me, it is very unlikely that you end up there accidentally.

 

Pigalle

When visiting Montmartre, keep in mind, that Pigalle is just there as well. Pigalle is the Redlight District of Paris. While completely find during the daytime, there is a lot of Party going on in the evening, and you might want to stay away if you are with children or uncomfortable around nudity.

 

The Sacre Coeur in Montmartre Panoramic View
Sacré Coeur on top of Montmartre

 

Where to eat in Montmartre

Montmartre is famed for its street cafés and restaurants and is perfect for taking the occasion to enjoy lunch or dinner in this gorgeous neighborhood.

However, there is a plethora of restaurants in Montmartre to choose from, and to be honest, many of them are tourist places, especially around Place de Tertre

While I cannot comment on the quality of food, you certainly pay for the location. It’s safe to assume, that the higher you get on the hill, the more tourists and the fewer locals.

Personally, I ate in two restaurants in Montmarte and I feel comfortable recommending both of them:

 

La Maison Rose

I was hesitant, to be honest when booking a table at the famous La Maison Rose, half expecting to be served an overpriced low-quality meal. But not at all, it was wonderful.

The setting is of course incredible, but the service was also very friendly and attentive, and the food: excellent. My friend and I shared a vegan mezze as starters, and I had the plat du jour as a main, which was chicken, with a delicious honey and lemon sauce.

Maison Rose Restaurant
My dish at La Maison Rose – it was delicious

They also serve vegan and vegetarian dishes.  The restaurant is not a cheap eatery, but it was not outrageous either. I paid for half a starter, the main, and a glass of wine €30.

 

Comptoir Breizh

If you are looking for a more casual place that does not require a reservation and which is also a bit more budget-friendly, the Comptoir Breizh is a solid choice.

It’s located right by the Metro Station Abbesses, a bit off the touristic buzz and with more local vibes. It is a classic Crêperie with savory and sweet crêpes and savory galettes. I ate there many times already and always enjoyed it.

In case you never heard of Galettes, they are a French main dish from the Brittany region.  They are made from buckwheat flour and are usually savory, with fillings that vary depending on region and personal preference, but commonly include ham, cheese, and egg.

Where to eat in Montmartre - Comptoir Breizh
A nice place if you are keen on trying Crêpes and Galettes

 

Other popular places in Montmartre are these, I did not eat there myself, though:

  • Le Consulat one of the iconic & historic restaurants in Montmartre and a good address for classic French dishes: snails, onion soup, omelet, and Croque Monsieur. Address: 18 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris
  • Bouillon Pigalle – There is no more traditional place to eat in Paris than in a Bouillon. These cheap eateries serve classic French dishes at a very low price, and they almost disappeared from the gastronomic landscape. But for a few years, they experience a revival and are so popular today, that there is always a massive queue.  Address: 22 Bd de Clichy, 75018 Paris
  • Grenouille Paris: – quick bites and raclette Sandwiches. Address: 55 rue du chevalier de la Barre 75018 Paris

 

30 Things to do in Montmartre

Montmartre is truly one of the most wonderful areas of Paris. No matter how much and little time you have in Paris, you always should make sure to plan in a few hours to explore Montmartre.

Montmarte has almost an overload of charming sites, historical attractions, and cute alleys to stroll through. To make sure you are not missing anything, here is my list of 25 things to do in Montmarte!

 

1. Visit the Basilica Sacre Coeur

The Sacre Coeur is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris. The church is located in the Montmartre district, on a hill that offers stunning views of the city. The Basilica was built in the late 19th century, and its white stone facade and onion-shaped domes are truly iconic and a centerpiece in the Parisian skyline.

You can explore the church’s interior, admire the stained-glass windows, you can even climb to the top of the bell tower for even more incredible views.

Sare coeur - spent one day in Paris and end your day in paris with a view over Paris by night
The recognizable Sacre Coeur

It’s a bit of work to climb there, but the view… oh the view. It’s worth all the struggle!

 

2. Visit the Montmartre Cemetery

Paris is known for its cemeteries, and maybe it is a bit morbid, but the Parisian graveyards are rather popular tourist attractions. To be fair, they are one of a kind. Maybe you are planning already to visit the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery

then it is important to know that the Montmartre cemetery is the 3rd biggest in Paris and that notable personalities are buried there. For example, the French Impressionist Edgar Degas, Émile Zolà, and also the singer Dalida.

Many believe even Alexandre Dumas, the creator of the Three Musketeers, is buried in the Montmartre Cemetery, but that’s actually not the case. He is in the Panthéon.

 

3. Say I Love You at “Le Mur de Je T’aime”

The “I love you wall” is basically what the name suggests: A wall filled with “I love you” – 311 times to be exact and in 250 languages. Well, it’s maybe not the most spectacular monument you can find in Paris, but there’s never anything wrong with love and neither with celebrating it.

It’s also a perfect place to snap a selfie with your loved one 🙂 You find the wall in a little park just next to the Metro Station Abbesses.

The I love you wall is just next to Montmartre Metro: the Montmartre Metro station Abessess is directly in Montmartre and if you wonder: how to get to Montmartre? that's your best bet.
The I love you wall is a quite new landmark in Montmartre.

 

4. Explore Montmartre with the “Petit Train”

If you absolutely want to make sure you miss nothing in Montmartre but are not especially up for exploring the hilltop neighborhood on foot, board the Little Train of Montmartre! It’s a rather budget-friendly thing to do in Paris and a great way if you don’t have much time, but you don’t want to miss the quintessence of Montmartre either.

 

5. Visit the Musée de Montmartre

This small but fine museum is absolutely unmissable if you are interested in the history of Montmarte and are keen on understanding where that special Montmartre flair is coming from.

The Museum is located on top of the hill, between the Basilica Sacre Coeur and La Maison Rose, and consists of several parts.

The museum itself is about the history of the renowned artist quarter, with many artworks and original pieces on display. But you have also the chance to attend a little shadow theater spectacle, which is adorable and interesting, and take a coffee or tea in the beautiful Café Renoir that belongs to the museum.

Musée de Montmartre
The Café Renoir in the Musée Montmartre

But that’s not all. To the Musée de Montmartre belongs a beautiful, lush garden that is inviting you to stay a bit and from where you have fantastic views over the Montmartre Vinyards.

And finally, you can visit the Atelier and the home of Suzanne Valdron and Maurice Utrillo.

 

6. Watch the Street Artists of Montmartre

In Montmartre, you find Art at every corner. Of course, galleries, and painters, but also street art, performance artists, and living statues. Keep your eyes open! Or better: Take a seat on the stairs below the Sacre Coeur and enjoy the show!

Editors Tip: There are often flying traders around that are selling drinks and I usually get something from them. It is surely controversial and a bit more expensive than if you stock up in a nearby supermarket. But I see the elevated price as a service fee for having a drink delivered directly into my hand. Either way, I don’t see them as scammers.

 

7. Eat ice cream at Bachir

If you are up for a sweet dessert or just a little snack, you can’t miss the ice creams from Bachir. The Lebanese ice cream parlor serves the most delicious organic ice creams, and you should not miss their specialty: Fleur d’Oranger flavored ice cream with crushed pistachios.

Ice Cream in Monmartre
It is as delcious as it looks

 

8. See a Cabaret Show at the Moulin Rouge

The famous Cabaret Moulin Rouge belongs to Montmartre, like the artists or the Sacre Coeur. If you visit the Musée de Montmartre, you learn tons of interesting stories about the early days of the Parisian Cabarets, but visiting actually one of them, certainly goes a step further.

Book your tickets well in advance – it sells out quick!

Personalize your Moulin Rouge visit 

 

9. Visit the last Vineyard of Montmartre

Paris has around 10 vineyards that are still operated, and the most famous of them is in Montmartre. While you can’t actually go ON the vineyard, you can still take a look at it and see the grapes and be surprised that there is actually a working vineyard on the south hill of Montmartre. I think that’s spectacular!

View over the vineyards of Montmartre
View over the vineyards of Montmartre from the Musée de Montmartre

If you wonder now where to buy a bottle of wine from this magnificent little vineyard, I have to disappoint you. The more or less 500l of wine that is produced are auctioned once a year and the benefit goes to local social initiatives.

 

10. Look for the Filming Locations from Amélie

One of the loveliest films about Paris is certainly Amélie. If you think you as well, you should head to the Café des 2 Moulins, the café where Amélie worked as a waitress. You find it at 15, rue Lepic, 75018 Paris.

 

11. Snap a picture of La Maison Rose

The Maison Rose is probably one of the most Instagrammable spots in Paris, and rightly so! The house sticks out with its pale rose paint and ivy-covered walls.

La Maison Rose was bought by the Catalan painter Ramon Pichot in the very early 20th century. He used it as his studio, but also welcomed his friend Picasso and Dalí there. However, it was his wife Germaine Gargallo, a well-known figure of Montmartre and model to many painters, who painted it rose and opened the restaurant “La Maison Rose”.

Maison Rose in Montmartre
The Maison Rose in Montmartre

 

12. Shake Hands with the Passe Muraille

The Passe-Muraille is one of the surprising landmarks in the Montmartre district of Paris. The life-sized bronze statue is a tribute to Marce Aymé, writer of the famous French novel  “The Passe-Muraille”,  “The Man Who Walked Through Walls”.

The protagonist of this novel discovers that he obtained the ability to pass through walls and uses his newly found talent to commit all sorts of crimes. He, unfortunately, loses his superpowers just when he is .. well, passing through a wall, as you witness for yourself on Pl. Marcel Aymé in 75018, Paris.

 

13. Get your painting done at Place Du Tertre

This place near the summit and just next to the Sacre Coeur is quite likely the square you have in mind when thinking about painters at Montmartre. Whether you want to get your portrait done or not – it’s fun to watch the artists at work!

Things to do in Montmartre
Things to do in Montmartre: Get your Portrait done

 

14. Find all 3 Windmills of Montmartre

Maybe you’re asked yourself already, why the Moulin Rouge is called like that, and what’s the story about the windmill on the roof of this famous cabaret anyway? Well, in the early 20th century, Montmartre had up to 30 windmills! They were used to grinding flour and grapes and were the characteristic symbol of the elevated Montmartre area.

You can see the windmills in many paintings in the Musée Montmartre, by the way!

Anyway, only 2 windmills survived the time.

  • The Moulin de la Galette, also known as Blute-Fin Windmill, was constructed in 1622. It is actually the only functioning windmill in Paris, but in private hands and not accessible by the public
  • and the Moulin du Radet from 1717, which is a restaurant today.
Things to do in Montmartre
One of the Windmills of Montmartre, Moulin du Radet

The 3rd one would be the windmill on top of the Moulin Rouge, but I am uncertain if that counts 🙂

 

15. Visit the Dalí Museum

The Espace Dalí is an unforgettable experience for any art lover. The museum near Place du Tertre in Montmartre houses 300 original pieces, among others three-dimensional sculptures representing some of the best-known surrealistic paintings by Salvador Dalí.

 

16. Look for Space Invaders

Maybe you have never heard of Space Invader, but I am 100% sure you’ve already seen them. Little colorful Mosaics that are attached to houses and walls and that are showing little figures. Well, these are Space Invaders and you find them all over Paris.

The fun thing is, that you can collect them using an App called Flash Invaders, and there are many of them in Montmartre.

Space Invader Montmartre
A screenshot of the app – as you can see, I found 370 out of 1473 Space Invaders in Paris!

 

17. Attend the Vine Harvest Fest

If you are in Paris in early autumn, don’t miss the annual grape harvest fest, La fête des Vendange.

it’s a wonderful festival located in Montmartre with solely one purpose: eat and drink! Well, it actually celebrates the harvest of the grapes and the wine of Paris, but you mainly eat and drink. You can read more about La Fête des Vendanges here

In 2022, La Fête des Vendange are scheduled for the 5 au 9 octobre 2022

 

18. Visit Église Saint Pierre de Montmartre

The Église Saint Pierre de Montmartre is one of the most beautiful churches in all of Paris, and it’s definitely worth a visit. The construction of this church started in 1133, and it is one of the oldest surviving churches in Paris.

It’s located right next to the Sacre Coeur, at 2 Rue du Mont-Cenis, 75018 Paris.

 

19. Take a Walking Tour

Frankly, there is no better place in Paris for a walking tour than Montmartre. Roaming around on your own in Montmartre is great, but you will only scratch slightly on the surface.

Montmarte is so full of charming hidden gems, anecdotes, history, and art. It is impossible to discover all this on your accord and to fully understand this quirky and surprising neighborhood. And the good news is: these tours are more than affordable!

Things to do in Montmartre, Stairs
Montmartre is perfect to be explore on foot

If you are opt-in for a walking tour through Montmartre, you have 3 options:

 

Montmartre Guided Walking Tour (on average 15€ p/P)

You can book this tour here

During this 2-3 hours walk through Montmartre, your local tour guide will share with you tons of interesting facts and stories about this fantastic artistic neighborhood.

You will explore the most important sights of Montmartre, but also the hidden gems. It’s the perfect tour to get an overall in-depth impression and background info of Montmartre and its highlights, without spending too much time aimlessly wandering around. Click here for details on prices and availabilities. 

 

Montmarte for Foodies: Cheese, Wine and Pastry Tour

Do you want to learn about the history of Montmartre but want to sample as well authentic French treats? Then this 3-hour foodie tour through Montmartre is perfect for you.

Indulge in delicious French pastries, and sample exquisite french cheese, cold cuts, and wine while your local expert guide unveils the magic of Montmartre for you. Discover Montmartre, culinary and historically! Get details about prices and availabilities here.

 

Montmartre: Romantic Exploration Game (Budget Tour)

Book this self-guided tour here

If you are seeking a budget option to discover Montmartre, that is also fun and engaging. Then you have to check out this Romantic Montmartre Exploration Game. 

You not only learn about Montmartre, and its history while following clues and hints, you’ll be unlocking the cute love story of a couple trying to reconnect in the city of love. Sounds interesting? Get more details here.

 

Are you traveling to Paris on a budget? Browse through these articles for the best tips:

 

20. Have a Café in one of the Street Cafés

You have not really been to Montmartre if you did not take the time to sit on a terrace, sipping a café and watching the world go by.

Things to do in Montmartre: sit on the tereace of a café
One of the many Cafés in Montmartre

 

21. Visit the beautiful Halle Saint Pierre

The Halle Saint Pierre is yet another spot in Montmartre that will look great on your Instagram profile. But apart from being a pretty building, it is first of all an cultural place: A library, a café, a museum, and a gallery. It hosts the permanent exhibition of d’art naïf Max Fourny, but also often temporary events and exhibitions.

 

22. Take the Funicularie de Montmartre

Montmartre is a hillside village on Paris highest elevation: The Butte de Montmartre, with 128.6 m. It is only understandable, that walking up the many stairs to the Basilica Sacre Coeur is not everyone’s idea of fun, especially if you’ve done already quite some walking in the previous days.

Luckily, there is the Funiculaire de Montmartre. It’s not going all the way up but helps skip the last steps to the top.  As the funicular is part of the public transport system, you can use a regular metro ticket for access.

 

Montmartre Dalida
The bronze Dalida sculpture on Place Dalida near Rue de l’Abreuvoir

 

23. See the Buste de Dalida

Dalida was a very famous and celebrated French singer. Despite being internationally successful, she suffered several private tragedies that led her to end her life in 1987. Dalida lived and died in Montmartre and if you visit the Montmartre Cemetery, you can pay your respects at her grave.

The Buste de Dalida on the lower end of Rue de l’Abreuvoir is Paris paying homage to her.

 

24. Snap a picture of the two vintage Carousels of Montmartre

You probably know about the carousel at the bottom of the Sacre Coeur because you have seen it in so many pictures. But did you know that there is a second one just next to the Metro Station Abbesses, by the Mur des Je T’Aimes?

Carousel Montmartre with Sacre Coeur
One of the Carousels of Montmartre

 

25. Watch the Sunset over Paris

Thanks to the elevated location of Montmarte, the area is THE perfect spot to see the sunset. Find a place on the stairs of the Sacre Coeur, or elsewhere, and enjoy the sky changing its colors.

By the way, the sunrise is stunning as well!

 

26. Walk the prettiest street of Paris: Rue de l’Abreuvoir

Rue de l’Abreuvoir is known to be the most gorgeous street in Paris and while I did not see every street yet, it’s easy to believe it. With the Maison Rose on top and the Dalida Buste below, the little curved street is the perfect photo to post with one of these brilliant Paris Instagram Captions.

Things to do in Montmartre: Visit Rue de L'Abreuvoir
Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre

 

27. Have a cocktail in one of the world’s Best Cocktail Bars

I am not exaggerating, the Dirty Dick is indeed listed as one of the 50 World’s Best Cocktail Bars, and it is just at Pigalle, in Montmarte.

 

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28. Take a picture of the Sinking House

I feel silly adding it here because it is… silly. But I want this guide to be complete, so…did you know that there is a house just next to the Sacre Coeur that, depending on your angle, looks as if it is sinking into the ground? Admittedly, it does like it.

Sinking house in Montmartre
It does look like it, right?

 

29. Don’t be scared of the Abbesses Metro Station

I see the Abbesses Metro Station often popping up on lists of things NOT to do in Paris and to be honest, it took me a while to understand why. I thought it was maybe too creepy or too dark, dirty perhaps? No, it’s because of the stairs!

Abbesses is the only Metro Station that is under Montmartre and hence, you need to get up to see daylight. 36 m to be exact, through a spiral staircase, but you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful Belle Epoche Metro station!

You can also take the elevator, though, just prepare yourself for queuing.

 

30. Find the hidden Lantern in Autumn

This sounds a bit similar to the sunken house, right? If you visit Paris in Autumn and you find yourself strolling around Montmartre, you might be stumbling upon a queue that formed in front of a street lantern. Then you know, you’ve found it. The lantern is half overgrown by Ivy which shines in the nicest colors of red during Autumn and became famous on Instagram.

Don’t think I am mocking anyone, I absolutely was in that queue already:

Lantern Montmartre
it is pretty, isn’t it?

 

31. See a Show at the Lapin Agile

The Cabaret Au Lapin Agile has been a Paris institution since it first opened its doors in 1860. Originally, the cabaret was known as the “Rendez-Vous of the Thieves” and later on the “Cabarat des Assasins”(it does hint that Montmartre was a rather tougher spot, doesn’t it?). Later, it was renamed after a sign painted by Andre Gill which depicted a nimble rabbit leaping over a fence.

Throughout the years, the cabaret has been frequented by many well-known artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. Today, it remains a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, offering a glimpse into traditional French cabaret culture. If you’re looking for an evening of entertainment with a bit of history, be sure to check out the Cabaret Au Lapin Agile.

Au Lapin Agile - cabaret in Montmartre
The recognizable exterior of the Cabaret Au Lapin Agile

 

Map of Montmartre: The top sights

Knowing the best sights is one thing, finding them when exploring Montmartre on your own is another. To make it easier for you, I marked all sights I mentioned in this article on this map.

To save for yourself, just click on the little square in the upper right (maybe it’s supposed to be a camera symbol) or send it to your email address via the share button.

 

Where to stay in Montmartre

For a complete hotel guide of Montmartre, check out this post.

Without being biased, the Montmartre neighborhood is a great location to stay when spending your vacation in Paris. There are plenty of things to do and see, and there is surely some hype, but after all, Montmartre is just a lovely neighborhood.

If you chose Montmartre as your base, you can take a peek behind the tourist destination and discover the real neighborhood. Where its inhabitants buy their Baguette at the local boulangerie and do their groceries at the merchants of Rue Lepic. It’s a gorgeous quarter and staying there while in Paris is certainly nothing you’d regret.

If you are looking for a Hotel in Paris, you will be interested in these articles:

 

As I wrote a bit earlier, Montmarte can be a bit rough on the edges, and many Hotels ad Montmartre to their name, even though they are not in the district, at all.

To have you on the safe side when looking for a hotel in Montmartre, I did some research and found these hotels, that are absolutely gorgeous and exactly where you like them to be:

 

Hostel: Le Village Montmartre by Hiphophostels

Budget Hotels in Montmartre

If you’re looking for a great base to explore Paris without breaking the bank, look no further than the Le Village Montmartre! This Hostel is just a 10-minute walk from the Sacre Coeur, and it’s located in a safe area. The hotel has air conditioning, which is great for hot summer days. Plus, the Metro is very close by, so you can easily get around the city.

→ Check for availabilities & rates on Booking.com or Agoda

 


Budget: Regyn’s Montmartre

The Regyn’s Montmartre Hotel is a great place to stay when visiting Paris. It’s centrally located right by the Place des Abbesses, and some of the rooms have stunning views of the Sacre Coeur or the Eiffel Tower. The metro is right in front of the hotel, so it’s easy to get around and explore the rest of Paris. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the rooms are clean and comfortable.

→ Check for availabilities & rates on Booking.com or Agoda

 


Midrange: Hotel Basss


Hotel Basss Hotel View

The Hotel Bass is a great place to stay when visiting Paris. It’s located on beautiful Rue Lepic, a central road a little off the buzz but surrounded by many cute cafés and restaurants. The Sacre Coeur is 10 minutes away, and the Metro station Abbesses is only 200 m away.

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Upscale: Terrass” Hotel

The Terrass” Hotel in Paris is a great 4-star hotel with fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower. The hotel is elegant and has a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy the views even more. The hotel is also conveniently located near many attractions and restaurants. I definitely recommend staying here if you’re looking for a great place to stay in Paris!

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Luxury: Hôtel Particulier Montmartre 

Hotel Montmartre - Things to do in Montmartre and where to stay

The Hôtel Particulier Montmartre is a charming luxury hotel located in a beautiful garden in the heart of Montmartre. The hotel has a restaurant and bar with a good cocktail menu. The Hotel’s garden is a great place to relax after a day of sightseeing and enjoy the calm. The rooms are spacious and airy, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Overall, the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre is a great choice for a relaxing and sumptuous stay in Paris.

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FAQ: Things to do in Montmartre

  • What are the three things Montmartre is best known for?

Montmartre is known for its artistic history, the Basilica Sacre Coeur, and its unique flair as a result of cobbled stone alleys, stunning views and street artists.

  • Can you see the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre?

Yes, Montmartre gives you one of the nicest views of the Eiffel Tower.

  • Is Montmartre very touristy?

Yes, the weekends and afternoons are usually very crowded. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit Montmartre as early as possible.

  • How much time do I need in Montmartre?

Allow at least 2 hours for your Montmartre visit. If you sit down for a drink, visit a museum and the Sacre Coeur, plan in 4h.

 

If you have any questions about Paris or need some advice and how to plan your trip, don’t hesitate to reach out!  I created a Facebook group for this matter and I am available to help you out! Click here to join the private Salut from Paris Facebook group!

 

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