I have been to Paris a dozen times but never had the chance to explore the historic neighborhood of Montmartre! Montmartre is a charming neighborhood located in the northern part of Paris (18th Arrondissement!) that is known for its artistic and cultural heritage. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Paris, thanks to its stunning views, picturesque streets, and lively atmosphere!
My friend Samuel Lopez-Barrantes is a talented writer, musician, and artist. He also leads exciting historic walks through some of Paris’ most notorious neighborhoods. This was the perfect way to see a new neighborhood and get the historic context — as well as a local’s take! I couldn’t recommend Samuel’s walks more, check out the other walks he offers here! His wife Augusta is a wildly talented photographer. She tagged along on our walk and snapped some beautiful photos that I simply can’t get over — I love them so much!
Montmartre’s history dates back to ancient times, with its name originating from the Latin words “mons martyrum,” which means “the martyr’s mount.” It refers to the hill where Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris, was beheaded in the 3rd century. During the late 19th century, Montmartre became a hub of artistic and intellectual life, attracting artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso!
One of the most recognizable landmarks in Paris, Sacré-Cœur Basilica, sits atop the hill of Montmartre and offers breathtaking views of the city. The basilica was built in the late 19th century in a Romanesque-Byzantine style and is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. Place du Tertre is a picturesque little square located in the heart of Montmartre, famous for its outdoor cafés and street artists painting and sketching. The square is a lively hub of activity ( where visitors can watch artists at work and have their portraits sketched.
Montmartre Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous Parisians, including the writer Emile Zola and the composer Hector Berlioz. The cemetery is a peaceful spot with beautiful sculptures and architecture. It’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and reflect on the lives of those who came before us. The Musée de Montmartre is located in one of the oldest buildings in the neighborhood and offers a fascinating glimpse into the area’s artistic history. The museum’s collection includes works by famous Montmartre artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir. Their cafe, Renoir, is a great place to grab a mid-day coffee!
Located at the foot of Montmartre, the Moulin Rouge is a world-famous cabaret that has been entertaining audiences since 1889. The venue is known for its colorful shows featuring dancers, acrobats, and singers and has been featured in numerous movies and songs. Le Consulat is a historic café located on the picturesque Rue Norvins in Montmartre. The café has been a gathering place for artists and intellectuals for over a century and still retains its old-world charm and cozy atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine while soaking up the ambiance of the neighborhood. Rue des Abbesses is a bustling street in Montmartre, filled with shops, restaurants, and cafes. The street has a lively atmosphere and is a great spot to grab a bite to eat or do some shopping. Le Bateau-Lavoir was a bohemian artist’s studio in Montmartre where Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and other artists worked in the early 20th century. The studio no longer exists, but visitors can see a replica of the building and learn about its history at the nearby museum!
As the weather turned out to be perfect the morning of our walk, Anastasios and I decided to take our Loro Piano’s Summer Walks out for a spin. They’re an iconic and timeless shoe that has been now-replicated over & over… but the original is always the best! I will be living in my this spring and summer as they’re lightweight and slip-on, but still quite elevated! We also decided to sport some pieces from one of my favorite French menswear brands, Octrobre – they have solid menswear basics with a subtle French flair. Think…a boutique and quite French J.Crew! We’re wearing their “Tim Jacket” a take on the classic French worker jacket in vintage blue + green!
- Snack Attack – Snack Attack is a brand-new street-food restaurant about to open in Paris 9th arrondissement rue de Rochechouart. On the menu of Snack Attack? Sandwiches, salads, pastries, and mezzes inspired by Californian cuisine, as well as Mediterranean gastronomy.
- Glaces Glazed – The creations of this Parisian House have tempting and mysterious names: “Shake my nuts” (praline and milk chocolate hazelnut cookies) or even “Black sugar sex magic” (dark chocolate, wasabi, and ginger).
- La Maison Rose – This iconic restaurant is best known for its pink facade! This restaurant with traditional French cuisine is located in a picturesque pink maisonette.
- Citrons et Huitres – This cozy oyster bar located in the Hotel Rochechouart is serving up some simple but delicious seafood!
- Marcel – Located on one of my favorite streets in Montmartre, this cozy brunch spot is serving up everything from eggs to French Toast!
- Hardware Société – Fantastic Aussie breakfast and brunch spot!
- Le Babalou – Classic & creative pizzas, plus pasta & charcuterie, in a cozy, compact space with a retro vibe.
- Pink Mamma – A gorgeous and delicious Italian restaurant with a fun party vibe. Serving up some of the best Italian in Paris – with pasta and pizzas that will make you re-consider going to Italy for!
- Le Vrai Paris – Lively bistro in the style of the early 20th century, known for lamb shanks, steaks & risotto.
- Le Basilic – Traditional local cuisine presented in a charming, old-world establishment with a cozy ambiance.
- Le Bon Bock – Classic French fare & set lunch menus in a cozy restaurant with old-world decor & artworks.
- Brasseries Barbes – Bar & restaurant with an industrial-chic look, popular for cocktails & steaks on a courtyard patio.
- Bouillon Pigalle – Popular casual bistro serving traditional French mains & desserts with house wines by the glass.
- Hotel Amour Restaurant – This is a great spot for lunch or brunch – or just an afternoon drink! The restaurant recalls the spirit of the Parisian brasseries with it’s red leather benches.
- Le Carmen
- Terrass Rooftop Bar
- Le Trés Particulier
- No Problemo
- La Rennaisance
- Au Clair de Lune
- CO Paris 18
Coffee & Cafés:
- KB Coffee Roasters
- Café Ventura
- Two Doors Coffee
- Komorebi Café
- Pain Pain
- Les Deux Moulins – from Amélie
- Café Renoir (at the Montmartre Museum)
- Le Pain Retrouvé
- Le Café du Commerce
- Le Consulate
- See the Sacré-Coeur Basilica
- Visit the Montmartre Museum
- Catch a film at the Cinéma Le Louxor
- Go dancing at Mikando Dancing
- Guided walking tour with Samuel Lopez-Barrantes
- See the produce stand from Amélie
- buy some art at the Place du Tertre
- See the “I Love You” Wall
- Stroll through the Montmartre Cemetary
Montmartre is a neighborhood that is rich in history, culture, and artistic heritage. From the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica to the hidden vineyard, there are plenty of places to explore and discover. Whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, or simply someone who enjoys the vibrant atmosphere of a lively neighborhood. Have you explored Montmartre yett>
Photos by Augusta Sagnelli