Visiting Paris on foot is undoubtedly the best way to fully enjoy the City of Light! To explore its different neighborhoods, I will suggest several walking routes in Paris. So let’s start today with a walk in Montmartre!
You will thus have the opportunity to discover the must see places of Montmartre Paris where few curious people venture! It must be said that in this post-confinement period… Only a few Parisians flock to Montmartre in the early morning, which is very pleasant to discover this district usually invaded by tourists … The district is regaining its village soul, because Montmartre was a village before its attachment to Paris in 1860!
Montmartre is a romantic neighborhood full of cobblestones and sparkling plazas. Whenever I'm in Paris, I always stop here. If you’ve never been before, I highly recommend taking a guided tour. It’s the best way to get a sense of the history and local culture. This is the tour I took when I first visited. It’s the best! My guide was super knowledgeable and funny - he even told me where to find a favorite café of his! You can also find other options here.
Hidden gems in Montmartre Paris
Our walk in Montmartre begins at the exit of the Anvers metro station, at the foot of the Butte. Take rue Briquet, where you can admire several works of street art. You will see them all along your walk in Montmartre! Then join rue de Steinkerque, which leads straight to the foot of the Sacré-Coeur! You can go around the park to the right until you reach the pretty stairs that lead up to the basilica.
As you pass, you will walk along the Halle Saint Pierre, where couturiers flock to buy fabrics. A little further on, you have arrived at the foot of the Montmartre stairs, ready to climb the many steps of the hill which rises to 128 meters. These stairs are typical of the district and particularly picturesque: admire in particular the houses and small courtyards that border them …
Then continue straight on the pretty rue de l’Abreuvoir, one of the most photogenic in Montmartre with its pretty pink house. Immortalized by the painter Maurice Utrillo, she is undoubtedly one of the most photographed in Paris! Its pink color is certainly no stranger to this fame!
Then turn right and go up rue des Saules. You arrive in the alleys animated by restaurants and rustic taverns. Take rue Poulbot on the right until Place du Calvaire. You will pass the Poulbot, a restaurant that I highly recommend if you want to eat in the neighborhood. Because not all are equal in these touristy streets!
Don’t forget to admire the view from the top of the Calvary stairs, before turning left on the famous Place du Tertre! Famous for its artists who skillfully portray curious visitors, it still retains the special charm of a village square.
Montmartre, Paris things to do!
The square in front of the Sacré-Cœur allows you to admire a 180 ° panorama over the rooftops of Paris, and you can even see some famous monuments in the background. You will no doubt also be surprised by the whiteness of the Sacré-Cœur , which has not really changed since the end of its construction in 1923.
You can visit the basilica for free (except the dome and the crypt). And if you want to stop for a lunch break, the Cabanon de la Butte located to the right of the Sacré-Coeur is a very good address, with a nice view as a bonus!
Otherwise, go around the basilica on the left via Rue du Chevalier de la Barre. Then turn right on Rue du Mont-Cenis and go down the stairs to Montmartre. Then turn left on rue Saint-Vincent to continue our walk in Montmartre.
Rue Lepic will take you back down to Boulevard de Clichy, but don’t hesitate to take a look at Passage Lepic on the left. You can enter during the day by pressing the button to the right of the door. Because the district is full of passages and private “cities”. Once you arrive on the boulevard, you will come face to face with the neighborhood institution: the Moulin Rouge!
But continue along the sidewalk to discover the last city of this walk in Montmartre: the city of Véron. Its leafy street seems completely cut off from the bustle of the boulevard …
Our walk ends here, I hope you enjoyed it!
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