A Guide to Paris’s Montmartre Neighborhood

March 17, 2022

Paris Montmartre Guide

Montmartre is a unique neighborhood in Paris and truly so charming thanks to its cobblestone streets, sweeping views of the city, winding streets and picturesque staircases. Set in the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre is often referred to as La Butte as it is on a hilltop in Paris.  

Paris Montmartre Guide

A Guide to Paris’s Montmartre Neighborhood

Montmartre was formerly an artists’ village – home to Picasso and Dali and today you’ll still see some artists at work in the neighborhood’s various squares. Of course Montmartre is most well known for the Sacré-Cœur basilica which towers over the neighborhood and plays host to many a local and a tourist hanging out on its stairs. 

I’ve been to Montmartre many times and used to live in a neighborhood adjacent to it so today I am sharing some of my favorite things to do and spots to visit when in the 18th.

I think Montmartre is best enjoyed on a clear day so you can take in the panoramic views it offers and I personally love to spend an afternoon there when the neighborhood becomes to vibrant and lively.

Pro tip for your visit: You’ll want to be sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes as many of the streets are cobblestones and you’ll be walking lots of hills!

View Paris from Sacré-Cœur

There’s a wonderful overlook in front of Sacré-Cœur and it is also a spectacular place to take in the sunset as well. It gets crowded so go early to get the best photos. You can also visit inside the basilica to marvel at the architecture – completed in 1914.

Wander Rue Lepic 

This charming street has loads of shops and cafes to enjoy – including Café des Deux Moulins made famous by the film Amélie. 

Paris Montmartre Guide

Have a drink at Terass Hotel

The Terrass Hotel, located at 12-14 rue Joseph de Maistre offers sweeping views of Paris high above from its terrace. 

Take a train ride

The little train of Montmartre is a wonderful activity if you have kids in tow. It slowly guides you up the hills and gives a 40 minute tour with commentary. 

Have brunch at Hardware Société

A bright and airy and delightful cafe serving up Aussie inspired fare, Hardware Société is tucked away on a beautiful street in Montmartre just under Sacré-Cœur.

Paris Montmartre Guide

Take a walking tour

The Montmartre Tourist Office can arrange a guided tour for you of the district. 

Visit the Musée de Montmartre

This small art museum traces local history & culture in a 17th-century house & garden where Renoir once worked.

Paris Montmartre Guide

Have a drink at Le Très Particulier

This hidden spot is a favorite among locals for cocktails. Located at the Hotel Particulier.

Get treats at Pain Pain

One of my favorite boulangeries in Paris, you can’t go wrong with anything you choose at Pain Pain.

Get bread at atelier P1

A wonderful bakery offering up freshly baked, organic goods. Grab a croissant to join you as you wander the various neighborhoods.

Paris Montmartre Guide

Snap a photo of La Maison Rose

Famous around the world for its charming pink exterior, La Maison Rose is also one one of the most beautiful streets in Montmartre.

Stroll Rue de l’Abreuvoir

It is one of the oldest and most historic streets in Paris.

Visit Place Dalida

Place Dalida is the square of Montmartre that is dedicated to French music icon Dalida. 

Paris Montmartre Guide

Walk the Rue du Mont Cenis Stairs

The ancient Rue du Mont Cenis leads from the north of the city all the way up to the Sacre-Coeur. These stairs are some of the most picturesque in the neighborhood.

Spot the remaining windmills

These are the only two windmills left on the hill of Montmartre but the neighborhood was once literally covered with them. See if you can spot them!

Stroll Rue Cortot

This is a famed street in the neighborhood and has been portrayed in many an artist’s work.

Paris Montmartre Guide

Visit the Place du Tertre

You’ll likely spot artists at work at this summit point of the neighborhood. Also legend has it is this is where the word bistro was coined.

Buy chocolates at À la Mère de Famille

This family run chocolate shop has locations around Paris and is a great stop to pick up some treats to take home.

Have coffee at Boris Lumé

This beautiful corner spot on Rue Caulaincourt has new owners who refreshed it with beautiful deco. They offer good coffee and clever pastries.

Paris Montmartre Guide

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I also have the most amazing crepe place in Montmartre but it’s an exclusive for those who book with me for Paris, Perfected!

Have you been to Montmartre?


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  1. Elizabeth Blunden says:

    Isn’t Montmatre famous for the Moulin Rouge?

  2. Emily Davis says:

    Oh my gosh, Pain Pain is the best. I still dream about the treats we got there. The wall of love (Le mur des je t’aime) was something fun we stumbled upon that I knew nothing about beforehand. Got some great pictures there.

  3. Kelly says:

    One of my very favorite pictures from my first and only trip to Paris (in 2019) was of my daughter standing right about where your shot of Rue Lepic was taken! We were on our way to Jeanne B (also in the shot) on a warm August evening. It was the last night of our trip and it was the perfect ending. (Looks like it has since closed though.)

  4. marie thornton says:

    lovely post , i would love to discover this place in Paris one day.


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