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Montmartre & the Sacre-Coeur Basilica

Last updated: 10 March, 2024

This large hill in Pari’s 18th arrondissement may be overrun with visitors, but the village-like neighbourhood of Montmartre is also incredibly charming, with its cute houses, artists’ studios and steep stairways.

It’s known for its long artistic history – in the 18th and 19th centuries many artists lived and worked or had studios in Montmartre, leaving it a unique bohemian charm.

Its other claim to fame is the sugary-white domed church of Sacre-Coeur, built in 1914 – the interior is a feast of glittering neo-Byzantine mosaics. It crowns Paris’s highest hill and offers the best panoramic views of the city from atop its dome (open to visitors).

The main square – Place du Tertre – is horribly crowded with tourists and packed with pseudo-artists, but there are still authentic corners to be discovered in the side streets lower down the hill. For a more laid-back side of Montmartre, explore the cafés and shops along Rue des Abbesses, Rue Lepic and Rue des Trois-Frères.

Other attractions here include Montmartre Cemetery, the Montmartre Museum, and the Dalí Paris Museum.

It’s a go-to for all tourists and first-timers, but the area still has charm and a wonderfully bohemian air.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 1 day

Getting there & doing it

Take the metro to Abbesses or Anvers, then walk or catch the funicular up the hill to the Sacré-Coeur. You don’t need a guided tour – just wander around and soak up the atmosphere.

For the best food, avoid the restaurants on Place du Tertre and instead head for classic brasserie La Mascotte on Rue des Abbesses.

When to do it

Montmartre is a huge tourist draw so there are always crowds, although first thing in the morning does tend to be quieter. Avoid weekend afternoons, or visit in the evenings, when old-fashioned, gas-lit street lamps and traditional bistros give the streets a pleasingly romantic atmosphere.

Who to go with: organised tours

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