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Abbesses: Paris Neighborhood Walk

This former artist enclave retains its friendly bohemian spirit.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Half day

Overview:  The spirit of the area that once housed Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, and Raoul Dufy hasn’t completely died. Prim old ladies, jocular... more »

Tips:  Public transportation is by far the best bet for both cost and efficiency. Buy a carnet (a book) of 10 single-use tickets ($17), or... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Arnaud Delmontel

The 2007 winner of the Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris (the best baguette in Paris contest), Arnaud Delmontel’s namesake boulangerie (bakery) frequently has a line of customers extending out the front door. Inside this corner shop—one of Delmontel’s three Paris locations—glass display cases are filled... More

Head to the base of Montmartre for a taste of Parisian nightlife. Michou, the legendary man behind this retro-styled drag show, has hosted audiences for more than 50 years. As expected, décor is campy (think dim red lighting, mirror covered walls, and glitter). During the dinner show, celebrity doubles take to the stage, while waiter-cum... More

3. Ets Lion

Reminiscent of a French cottage, this tiny gardening and gourmet food shop is located in the heart of the Montmartre district on Rue des Abbesses. Open since 1895, the old-fashioned shop contains exposed brick walls, worn hardwood floors, and a fireplace topped with candles and set against orange-flowered wallpaper. The front of the store sells... More

Situated at the foot of Montmartre, this iron-and-glass Baltard-style structure was a 19th-century marketplace before it was converted into a cultural center in 1986. The hall is now home to the Musée d'Art Naïf - Max Fourny (Museum of Naïve Art – Max Fourny), which showcases more than 600 works of naïve art dating from the... More

5. Hôtel Amour

Created by the same manager behind the all-but-inaccessible nightclub Le Baron, this hotel’s restaurant, bar, and lush terrace serve as the Paris headquarters for many of the hottest names on the fashion and art scenes. The bar itself is somewhat spare, but details like the X-rated purple plastic Mickey Mouse that graces the reception desk set the... More

The five-room Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, on a leafy cobblestoned passageway, is a pint-size hideaway with outsize design. The three-story Directoire façade is pleasingly geometrical—lead urns march up the steps to the front door, which is framed by iron lanterns on brackets. But the artist-designed rooms add unexpected edge. One is... More

7. Spree

Visiting American fashion editors can’t get enough of this clothing boutique crossed with a Midcentury Modern furniture gallery. The shop holds a mix of European and Asian labels (Isabel Marant, Martin Margiela 6, Helmut Lang, Tsumori Chisato, Comme des Garçons Shirt).

Address:
16 Rue de la Vieuville
Paris
France

Phone:
33-1-42-23-41-40

8. Arnaud Delmontel

The 2007 winner of the Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris (the best baguette in Paris contest), Arnaud Delmontel’s namesake boulangerie (bakery) frequently has a line of customers extending out the front door. Inside this corner shop—one of Delmontel’s three Paris locations—glass display cases are filled... More

Head to the base of Montmartre for a taste of Parisian nightlife. Michou, the legendary man behind this retro-styled drag show, has hosted audiences for more than 50 years. As expected, décor is campy (think dim red lighting, mirror covered walls, and glitter). During the dinner show, celebrity doubles take to the stage, while waiter-cum... More

10. Ets Lion

Reminiscent of a French cottage, this tiny gardening and gourmet food shop is located in the heart of the Montmartre district on Rue des Abbesses. Open since 1895, the old-fashioned shop contains exposed brick walls, worn hardwood floors, and a fireplace topped with candles and set against orange-flowered wallpaper. The front of the store sells... More

Situated at the foot of Montmartre, this iron-and-glass Baltard-style structure was a 19th-century marketplace before it was converted into a cultural center in 1986. The hall is now home to the Musée d'Art Naïf - Max Fourny (Museum of Naïve Art – Max Fourny), which showcases more than 600 works of naïve art dating from the... More

12. Hôtel Amour

Created by the same manager behind the all-but-inaccessible nightclub Le Baron, this hotel’s restaurant, bar, and lush terrace serve as the Paris headquarters for many of the hottest names on the fashion and art scenes. The bar itself is somewhat spare, but details like the X-rated purple plastic Mickey Mouse that graces the reception desk set the... More

The five-room Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, on a leafy cobblestoned passageway, is a pint-size hideaway with outsize design. The three-story Directoire façade is pleasingly geometrical—lead urns march up the steps to the front door, which is framed by iron lanterns on brackets. But the artist-designed rooms add unexpected edge. One is... More

14. Spree

Visiting American fashion editors can’t get enough of this clothing boutique crossed with a Midcentury Modern furniture gallery. The shop holds a mix of European and Asian labels (Isabel Marant, Martin Margiela 6, Helmut Lang, Tsumori Chisato, Comme des Garçons Shirt).

Address:
16 Rue de la Vieuville
Paris
France

Phone:
33-1-42-23-41-40