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Place des Abbesses

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Description: This charming and scenic square in the bohemian Montmartre district looks...
This charming and scenic square in the bohemian Montmartre district looks straight off a Hollywood set, but it offers a glimpse of authentic Parisian life. Just steps away are hip eateries, cafes and boutiques—and the Abbesses Métro stop stands right here, making the Place easily reachable for visitors.
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Small square but nice - go see the "Mur des Je t'aime"

The square has a carousel, a small park and (most notable) the "Mur des Je t'aime", a wall with "I love you" written in many languages. Also, as it's very close to Montmartre and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We have visited this little square a lot in winter and this time in summer. If you take the metro to this square then you can wait for the lift or walk up - warning there are lots of stairs. It is worth it as whatever the season it is a vibrant little square with lots to see nearby. it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The square has a carousel, a small park and (most notable) the "Mur des Je t'aime", a wall with "I love you" written in many languages. Also, as it's very close to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur, this makes a nice walk.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

closest station to sacre coeur, but a long climb from the metro to the top(250 steps)once you come out there is a beautiful church right opposite worth a look. then walk for another 30-45 min to sacre coeur and then wait in the queue or climb another 145 steps to get to scare coeur!!! real workout have loads of water... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

There are only two of these old metro entrances remaining in Paris and they are beautiful works of art. We used the Metro to this stop on the way to Montmartre which is a 10-15 minute walk uphill from here. There is lots of activity near the stop and is a great place for people watching.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Place des Abbesses is the focal point for this part of Montmartre and makes a good starting point for exploring the village's winding cobblestone streets. A line 12 Metro stop (Abbesses) is below the Place -- way below. This Metro station is the deepest in Paris, 118 feet underground. I can attest that the stairs leading up are an experience... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The street and the square are very charming. You find a lot of shops and cafes. It is the spirit of Montmartre. It is nice to walk along the street and enjoy the atmosphere. I find this area much more interesting that the rest of Montmartre as seen by tourists i.e. Pigalle and Place du tertre.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Exploring Place des Abbesses one sunny morning after a visit to Sacre Coeur was just absolutely what I dreamed Montmartre to be. Charming, quaint and filled with interesting architecture, little stores and places to eat and soak in Parisian life. Sit and journal your thoughts in the beautiful sanctuary of the Place des Abesses garden with the "I love you"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Great places to find excellent quality goods. Start at 47 rue d'Orsel shop called Bleu Tango. Gorgeous handmade clothing at reasonable prices. Also sells jewelry and shoes that are very UNIQUE! On the same street just down the ways a bit is a place called Dam Butons. This store has thousands of unique buttons in every color and shape you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

very nice vicinity. gives the impression of being in a village right at the heart of Paris. Montmartre is on one side of the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Place des Abbesses is one of the main starting points for exploring Montmartre. It lies on metro line 12 and boasts one of the best preserved art nouveau entrances by Hector Guimard. In the small park next to the station is a hidden attraction only a city like Paris would have. The blue tiled wall is the 'I love you'... More 

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Montmartre
Montmartre is a bustling mix of cultures, colors, and styles which changes from one street to another. Ride the funicular (or, for a real workout, climb the steps) to the sublime Sacré-Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) with its inspiring view of the city. The church is surrounded by provincial streets and piano bars where tourists, artists, and street entertainers thrive. At the foot of the hill, Boulevard de Clichy features shops not intended for young audiences, while residences are scattered to the north and east. The diverse population includes a large part from the Arab-speaking world, Africa, and Turkey. It’s a corner of Paris full of life and dynamism with charms that can’t be found anywhere else.
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