Montmartre
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Discover another side of Paris in Montmartre, a charming artists’ enclave filled with quirky cafes and shops. Enjoy a splendid view of the city from Sacré-Coeur, watch artists at work at Place du Tertre, visit the Wall of Love, where the phrase “I love you” is scribbled in hundreds of languages, catch the famous Moulin Rouge show or visit Paris’ oldest vineyard. For fewer crowds, visit Montmartre early in the morning. Wear comfortable shoes as the area is hilly with cobblestone streets. You can also hop on the white Little Train of Montmartre for free with the Paris Pass. – Tripadvisor
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Neighborhood: 18th Arr. - Buttes-Montmartre
How to get there
  • Abbesses • 4 min walk
  • Lamarck – Caulaincourt • 5 min walk
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  • Dave M
    Alkmaar, The Netherlands253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is Paris
    Must be the best part of Paris. Winding cobbled streets adorned with restaurants, bistro's and quirky shops make for a delightful and interesting mix. We had a tremendous few days here, and is a must for anyone visiting Paris.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Ana V
    Eugene, Oregon610 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best neighborhoods in Paris
    This is an enchanting part of Paris. It definitely has a different feel than the rest of Paris and you will love strolling the streets. I enjoyed the Montmartre Museum very much, but I did not like the electric train and thought it was unnecessary part of my experience for this area.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 7, 2023
  • BobKofAfton
    61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We want to come back.
    This was our first time experiencing Montmarte. We had high expectations and those expectations were exceeded. The entire “vibe” of that area of Paris was appealing. The cafes, the food, the wine, and simply walking the streets was top shelf.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2023
  • Hollyhead1
    126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get the macarons!
    What can I say that hasn’t been said before?! Sacre Coeur is beautiful. Pay the euros (€7 adult €4 child) for the walk up to the Dome) worth the views, especially on a sunny day. Lots of steps though, no lift. Go round Montmartre, see the artists. Buy a painting. Sit outside a cafe. But most importantly, 3 things. Visit the Wall of Love. Stop by the Moulin Rouge. And buy macarons at Christophe Roussos, at the bottom of the funicular. You won’t regret it. The most delicious flavours. Worth every euro.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Shraddha24
    Trier, Germany56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing vibe
    This area is near Basilica Sacre Coeur in paris and it's hustling bustling with lots of cafes and bars. It's on the hill and you get to see the whole Paris from this juncture. It has superb vibe. If you want to have good time do stop in there buy some chocolates, have some wine and watch people.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Ogi0
    Sofia, Bulgaria20,951 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big madhouse, not recommended on weekends
    We visited the neighborhood on a Saturday night, it was a big madhouse with crowds of people. Otherwise, the place is nice, with many restaurants and the iconic Church of the Broken Heart. From the platform in front of the church there is a great view of the whole city.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 18, 2023
  • llassocs
    Houston, Texas184 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can be challenging for the Handicapped but worth visiting.
    The Montmartre is the highest elevation land area in Paris. The Sacre-Coeur Basilica sits on its highest point as the crown jewel of the Montmartre. From the steps one can see all of Paris. I am a handicapped person and use a mobility scooter, therefore I write from the perspective of one with mobility issues. The Montmartre itself is not handicapped friendly, with its steep cobblestone streets and many stairs. Most of the galleries and museums do not have elevators and are not at street level. I do not recommend going if you are confined to a mobility device unless you are ready for a lot of challenges and discomfort and much you will not be able to see. That said, if you can handle all that, it is a fun place to spend a day, or half of one. There are artists, galleries, shops, eateries, windmills, gardens, and much more to explore. It is a great place for shopping. It is crowded everywhere you go, and, I understand, pickpockets to be wary of. The handicapped entrance for the Sacre-Coeur is from the street behind it. In the rear there is an iron gate with a speaker and button to push. Tell the person answering that you are handicapped and wish to visit and they will buzz you in. Once inside, the person at the desk will direct you to a lift (elevator) and tell you which button to push. When you alight, it’s easy to figure out which direction to go to the sanctuary. Keep in mind that there may be a service going on and you may not be admitted until it is over. This was the case when we visited. Again, I do not recommend the Montmartre for people with mobility issues unless you can do some walking.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 22, 2023
  • Angelo Z
    Evant, Texas300 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved Montmartre
    Montmartre is in my opinion a must visit area Paris. The view over Paris is incredible but there's more. Walking the streets with the interesting shops and the history of the area with the many artist and poets that lived there. Home to the famous Moulin Rouge. Great food and bars to visit and enjoy. Make for a wonderful time.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Susan L
    Caceres, Spain63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sacre Coeur - plus the 292 steps to the top of the dome - for the fit
    The church Sacre Coeur is most definitely worth a visit, but be watchful for gypsies, and hold your personal belongings close to you. The best part was climbing the dome, 292 steps up a very steep and winding staircase to the top to have a full view of Paris, great photo opportunity and a good work out for the legs. Cost of a ticket was €7 for one, cheaper for groups. Then wander around Montmartre, we took a picnic lunch to avoid expensive cost to eat.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Christie F
    Tupelo, Mississippi22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beware of ripoff artists 👩‍🎨
    Montmartre is a beautiful area, definitely hard to walk around with so much foot traffic, but definitely worth the walk/climb. I would advise that if you are looking for an artist to do a portrait or caricature then to vet the artists more than I did. I walked to find an artist right there with all the others. I found one who was free who was showing his other work. Well let me tell you that this guy charged €50 for my portrait and before I sat down I asked if it would be like the one he had on display. He assured me it would. Well after about 20 mins the guy was done. So disappointing. In the picture you can see the display picture next to me on the ground and the portrait you see in the pic is essentially finished. What a joke. My son watched me and another portrait drawn next to me and he said that one was 10x better. 😤
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2023
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bananafishfever
Florida525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were sure to visit the Montmartre area on the hilly outskirts of Paris. The star of this neighborhood is the Sacre Coeur church. We didn’t make it up there until around sunset, but it was beautifully lit up and then we were able to look down on the twinkling city below. It’s a great vantage point to see the hourly light show of the Eiffel Tower. After an amazing dinner at L’Arcane, we walked along the cobblestone streets which we mostly had to ourselves. Lots of charming little streets here and it’s fun to think about all the famous artists who once lived here.
Written February 17, 2020
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Luisguiper
Bogota, Colombia1,016 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Nice area with its particular streets to walk by and atmosphere. Many tourists particularly concentrated at the Sacred Heart Basilica and around the Artists Square. Many restaurants and shops around. Many types of restaurants offer different options to visitors. Souvenir shops are everywhere, too. Interesting to see the spontaneous work of the painters at the Artists Square. Some art galleries and “ateliers” are found, too. I think it is preferible to visit this area early in the morning with less people walking around.
Written April 25, 2020
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Matthew D
Atlanta, GA69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Montmartre is stunning! My wife and I visited for our honeymoon and stayed in a hotel in the 10th arrondissement. The hotel was located about a twenty minute walk to Montmartre and of all of the locations we visited in Paris yes, even the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower) this was our favorite.

There are tons of great shops and restaurants nearby that are all worth going to. Close to the gardens is a restaurant called Le Refuge Du Fondue…make reservations there and make a day trip of Montmartre…you won’t be disappointed.

The sunset is beautiful there, the church is amazing, we saw musicians out playing classic French music with accordions and guitars, there are tourists but the crowds are way less than the Eiffel Tower and a fun activity, you can put a lock on the surrounding gates and railings that overlook the city…a must-do if you visit in my opinion. If you don’t want to carry a lock with you, there are people selling them at the top of the steps for 10 Euros and have markers to write on the locks with.

There are also cool little Pac-Man-like graffiti all over the area made of tiles that are fun to see. And the view at the top of the steps (yes, they’re a bit tiring to climb but we didn’t want to wait in line for the funicular) is amazing and in my opinion, better than at the Eiffel Tower and it’s free and you don’t have to wait in three hours worth of lines to get up there.

I highly recommend a day trip to Montmartre at the least, but if you like trendy areas and a bit more local culture than the tourists traps of other arrondissements, I would stay here and see what local shops, restaurants, bars, music venues, etc. this location has to offer. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in Montmartre, you might be able to walk ten minutes to a surrounding neighborhood and find it.

10/10 would recommend. We will be back.
Written August 22, 2023
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RDS61
Chester, UK1,721 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Montmartre is impressive with views overlooking Paris. The square close by is busy with street artists and the surrounding streets busy with shops and cafes. The church behind Montmartre has nice stained glass windows and is worth going into. I would also recommend wandering around the streets close by looking at all the different shops.
Written March 15, 2020
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Csaltpleez
Wilmington, NC220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Keep this area in mind for a late night activity. The Sacre Coeur is open until late, like 10pm, I believe. So... if you are looking for a late activity, you can visit the cathedral and walk around Montmatre. This area is where you can find restaurants that play the accordion and serve frog legs lol. Day or night, you should plan to spend a few hours roaming through.
Written January 5, 2020
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athy_a
london54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Stayed in Montmarte for 3 days to visit the area. Great area for walking around, history, views, restaurants, cafes and general food places. The mayor of Montmarte and locals do not allow chain supermarkets to open hence the survival of small food shops. Great for foodies. Monmarte build on a hill so expect some steep roads and steps to walk on joining parallel streets but great character, friendly, charming people. Great views from Sacre Coeur of Paris.
Written March 9, 2020
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Bea
Italy4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
One of the best place i’ve ever seen. Super worth it to visit. There’s an amazing view, especially during sunset hours. I advise to you bring your own food, because restaurants are a bit expensive and you eat bad. We took the taxi from La Bastille and they charged us around 27€ to go there.
Written August 21, 2021
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I've been to Montmartre many times, it's a place you simply must visit, so this time I went there with my kids who where overwhelmed with the Sacre Coeur beauty and terrific vistas of Paris from the terraces below it.
Although the usual approach is from Pigalle, from the Clichy Blvd either on foot or by a funicular (included in your day ticket), this time I approached it from the back, so it was a new experience for me also.
Due to Dec Paris transportation strikes we rented a car and parked beneath the Montmartre hill on the opposite side. A steep climb led us through very nice and peaceful streets and staircases with very few tourists, contrary to huge crowds on the front side. After some 15 min climbing an imposing Sacre Coeur back appeared in front of us.
The Roman-Byzantine Basilica is a marvel, both outside and inside. Don't be discouraged by big line to enter it, it moves quickly and you'll be rewarded with terrific interior.
Besides the Basilica you should visit its terraces below with great city views and Place de Tertre, the artist's square as well the streets around it.
Written January 23, 2020
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llassocs
Houston, TX184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The Montmartre is the highest elevation land area in Paris. The Sacre-Coeur Basilica sits on its highest point as the crown jewel of the Montmartre. From the steps one can see all of Paris. I am a handicapped person and use a mobility scooter, therefore I write from the perspective of one with mobility issues. The Montmartre itself is not handicapped friendly, with its steep cobblestone streets and many stairs. Most of the galleries and museums do not have elevators and are not at street level. I do not recommend going if you are confined to a mobility device unless you are ready for a lot of challenges and discomfort and much you will not be able to see. That said, if you can handle all that, it is a fun place to spend a day, or half of one. There are artists, galleries, shops, eateries, windmills, gardens, and much more to explore. It is a great place for shopping. It is crowded everywhere you go, and, I understand, pickpockets to be wary of. The handicapped entrance for the Sacre-Coeur is from the street behind it. In the rear there is an iron gate with a speaker and button to push. Tell the person answering that you are handicapped and wish to visit and they will buzz you in. Once inside, the person at the desk will direct you to a lift (elevator) and tell you which button to push. When you alight, it’s easy to figure out which direction to go to the sanctuary. Keep in mind that there may be a service going on and you may not be admitted until it is over. This was the case when we visited. Again, I do not recommend the Montmartre for people with mobility issues unless you can do some walking.
Written April 22, 2023
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Betty Jean
Lillooet, Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
By all means walk up to the church, admire the view, have a look inside at the windows, sculptures and mosaics. But when you are done with this grandeur, head off on the streets to the side and rear of the church for a stroll through charming streets. If you are lucky you will find the Montmartre Museum and the studio of Suzanne Valadon. The museum has a few nice paintings, but more interesting is the extensive history of the area, including the birth and growth of the cabarets. Suzanne's studio is a treat as you get to see the living and painting conditions that were common, not just for her. Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and many more artists spent time in the neighbourhood in similar situations.
Written March 16, 2020
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