Montmartre Walking Tour: Best Neighborhood in Paris

Montmartre is Paris’s best neighborhood and is full of wonderful things to see and do. Montmartre has enough sights to spend a whole day here. Our walking guide will show you the biggest sights. Allow yourself extra time to explore, Montmartre is full of cool shops and small streets.

We stayed in Montmartre for 7 days on our Babymoon in Paris and used it as our home base to explore the city. Sacre Coeur is here, which is the stunning church on a hill which can be seen from all around. There is tons of history in Montmartre as well, if you know where to look.

Here’s a guide to get you started so you too can discover Montmartre!

Getting to Montmartre / When to Go

  • Metro Line 12 (Green one) to Abbesses station.
  • “Monday is the day Abbesses sleeps.”- As told to us by our Airbnb host. If you can visit this area and Montmartre in general on any other day, do it.

Pro-tip: When you exit the metro, wait for the elevator (you will see the crowd waiting for it.) Get off at the 2nd stop with everyone else, otherwise you would’ve had to walk up hundreds of steps! Abbesses is the deepest dug station on the whole of the Paris Metro.

Montmartre metro stop Abbesses | Montmartre walking tour

Morning – Montmartre Walking Tour

Coquelicot Bakery and Restaurant

The most delicious breakfast/brunch of your life. Coffee is served in a bowl. We couldn’t go anywhere else for breakfast, it was that great. Don’t forget to grab a baguette or tart or two on your way out for later. Friendly staff and Bilingual menu.

Need more French pastry ideas? Check out our guide!

Highly recommend: Croissant aux Amande, Croque Madam, Quiche Lorraine. Before you leave grab their placemat, it’s a free map of Montmartre with all of the best places numbered. They had no problem when we asked for one after buying breakfast there.

 

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After breakfast head out of the building and take a left. Walk to the carrousel, just near the subway exit. Walk to the left of the carrousel, to the little park with a gate.

Le mur des je t’aime

It’s a giant wall with ‘I love you’ written in every language imaginable. Take a few lovey pictures with your boo, friends, or family. Or even alone. It’s good to love yourself!

Montmartre, Paris - Love wall - Le mur des je t'aime
Just a couple of lovebirds in Montmartre at Le mur des je t’aime.

If you’re ready for a little shopping, this area has tons of vintage shops.

Exit the park and turn left, walk up the street one block and look to your right for..

Chine Machine

A nice vintage shop with a lot of different options. Their stuff changes daily so if you are in the area a few days later, go back and check again!

Exit the shop and turn right. Head down to the corner and follow the street around to the left. Start up the steps that are straight ahead of you. Turn left and the next set of stairs will be on your right. We’re making our way towards Sacre Coeur, which sits up high on a hill.

OR take a ride on the..

Montmartre Funicular

The Montmartre funicular is a train that will take you directly up the hill, thereby avoiding all of the steps leading up to Sacre Coeur. Look for signs pointing you to Funiculaire – Gare Basse. Head towards the base of the hill and there you will find the station.

The operating hours of the Montmartre Funicular are from 6 am – 12:45 am / 7 days a week.

Fun fact: The Montmartre Funicular has been in operation since 1900, and the ride up lasts 90 seconds. Source.

On top of Butte Montmartre

Congratulations! You’ve made it so far! Enjoy the view while you are here, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Place du Tertre

There are tons of restaurants here so it’s the perfect place to eat lunch. It’s a big square not far from Sacre Coeur. Supposedly this is where Toulouse Latrec and Van Gogh used to hang out. There are still artists here, a plethora of them actually, selling paintings and offering to do your portrait. Next, head over to Sacre Coeur, the hard part is over. From this direction you don’t have nearly as many steps as heading straight up the hill.

Montmartre, Paris- Best view of the city - Sacre Coeur
The view from the top of My Montmartre. Makes all of those steps totally worth it.

Afternoon – Montmartre Walking Tour

Sacre Coeur

Take your time here, this is the cherry on top! The view alone is amazing, you can take some great photos of the city down below. But just wait until you head inside, the church is amazing! Photography is not permitted, though you will see many people breaking the rules, just like anywhere else. I kind of wish I had taken at least one sneaky picture!

Montmartre, Paris - Sacre Coeur - Selfie on the steps
Sacre Coeur in Montmartre is amazing. Don’t miss it.

Head north with Sacre Coeur behind you up Rue de la Bonne. Turn left on Rue Saint-Vincent. Next up are two places: one, an old haunt of Picasso’s and the other is the last of its kind in Paris.

Au Lapin Agile

This is a famous Montmartre cabaret with nightly performances that used to be the hangout of many famous artists. Across the street is the last vineyard in Paris.

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Montmartre’s Lapin Agile. A famous hangout of 20th century painters. Now it’s a cabaret.

Le Clos de Montmartre

Surrounded by cute houses and on it’s own little slope, this is the last vineyard in Paris. The 1,000 bottles of wine produced here are auctioned off every year.

Head down Rue de l’Abreuvoir to Place Dalida. Check out the square dedicated to a French music icon and then turn left on Rue Girardon. 

Moulin de la Galette

This and Le Moulin Radet are the only 2 of the original 13 mills that used to be in Montmartre. Galette is now a restaurant with a unique atmosphere inside. Keep in mind, it is pretty pricey. The neighborhood is so charming and nice to walk around in.

Montmartre, Paris - Moulin Galette
Le Moulin de Galette – one of only 2 of the original windmills of Montmartre

Turn right on Rue Lepic. Walk around this street to admire the cute neighborhood. This street will wind around and end up back on Rue Abbesses. If you turn right on Rue Lepic you can see the cafe featured in Amelie! Cafe des Deux Moulins. Continue to Boulevard de Clichy and you will see the Moulin Rouge!

Restaurants in Montmartre

Walking around Montmartre hungry isn’t easy, there is tons of places to eat! We saw Italian, Greek, African, Chinese, Vietnamese, and of course all of the French food you could ever want. Here are a few that we would recommend.

A la Pomponnette

Recommended to us by our Montmartre host. We didn’t make it there but she highly, highly recommended it and said to try the mille feuille especially! Let us know how it is if you make it there!

Le Carroussel

We had a very nice and affordable dinner here one night. Friendly service and a nice atmosphere. Happy hour drink specials.

Tentazioni

Really great gourmet grocery store. They have a nice selection of takeaway foods that you can take to your room and heat up. We had one of our most delicious dinners with what we picked up from here and put together.

Greek Food

Same as above. Delicious takeaway food. The address is close to 45 Rue des Abbesses. Look for a blue awning that says Traiteur Grec.

Drinks / Nightlife in Montmartre

Montmartre has no shortage of brasseries and cabarets. From a wild night out to just having a few drinks or snacks, you can find what you are looking for.

Moulin Rouge

We didn’t enjoy walking down Boulevard de Clichy, there were just too many sex shops and peep shows. If you’re looking for this, then between Moulin Rouge and the Pigalle Metro station will give you more than you need. If this isn’t your thing, stick to the smaller streets north of de Clichy.

Montmartre, Paris - Moulin Rouge
The famous Moulin Rouge of Montmartre.

Le Saint Jean

Located on Rue des Abbesses right across from Coquelicot (our favorite breakfast and brunch place). This place was packed every night of the week we were in Montmartre. Good for a quick cup of coffee in the morning as well, but stand at the counter to get the best price.

 

We hope you enjoy Montmartre! We loved our time there and will definitely stay in this area again the next time we are in Paris. If you’re ready to get outside of Montmartre and have a few more days in Paris, check out this guide.

 

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