Montmartre is undoubtedly the most atypical district of Paris. It is essentially a real village with celebrated squares, flower filled streets and an incomparable atmosphere. Take a walk to discover the iconic monuments and landmarks but also the lesser-known places of interest off the beaten track. Attend the Fête des Vendanges (Grape Harvest Festival) in October to enjoy a time of conviviality and sharing.
Numerous monuments and remarkable sites have contributed to the worldwide reputation of this district, which was an independent village before being absorbed by the growth of Paris in 1860.
Climb to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, 130 metres above sea level, and discover the panoramic view of Paris to be enjoyed there.
Opposite, the Church of Saint-Pierre and the Calvaire Cemetery flanking it are classified as Monuments Historiques.
The Place du Tertre, in the centre of the old village, is surrounded by 13th century houses. It’s here that famous painters such as Picasso once lived and even today it’s a gathering place of artists.
Many legendary restaurants await, including the Moulin de la Galette and La Mère Catherine.
The Montmartre Museum, with its rich collection of paintings by Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and many others, as well as the Espace Dali, are a source of fascination for art enthusiasts.
Don’t miss the Lapin Agile cabaret. This place of French poetry and song once hosted the likes of Guillaume Apolinaire and Max Jacob.
Some unusual places
Among the lesser-known places there are some of particular charm.
In the Rue Durantin, many lovely old shop fronts have been preserved, such as the elegant black frontage of the Boulangerie Montmartoise.
The Villa Léandre, near the Avenue Junot, is a magnificent secret street built in the early 20th century to replace a slum. It has a decidedly English feel.
The Studio 28 Cinema in the Rue Tholozé, with its small 170 seat screening room, is a place full of history. Jean Cocteau, who created the chandeliers, said of it: "The room of masterpieces, the masterpiece of rooms". The décor, bar and small garden all add to the considerable appeal of this quirky movie theatre.
Many other surprises await you, such as the unusual sculpture created by Jean Marais located in the Place Marcel Aymé, or the pretty little Saint Vincent Cemetery hidden down the hill.
The Montmarte Grape Harvest Festival
The Fête des Vendanges returns to the hill of Montmartre from October 11th to 15th, 2017. It’s amazing to think that there is a 2,000 m² vineyard still remaining in Paris. Its first harvest festival was celebrated in 1934, sponsored by Mistinguett and Fernandel, and this event has remained popular ever since, especially during the auction of the wine that is produced here. Come along and enjoy five days of tastings and entertainment. Portugal is the guest of honour in 2017 with its unique wines and gastronomy. Concerts, exhibitions and a ball are some of the attractions of this joyful event.