Montmartre might be the most distinctive quarter of Paris, but the ancient village contains a number of different areas itself. From quaint cobbled streets to bustling boulevards, here are 5 areas of Montmartre you won’t want to miss.
Abbesses is situated in the heart of Montmartre. The central point of the neighbourhood and boasting the iconic Sacré-Cœur basilica; in spite of being one of the most visited locations in the city, Abbesses maintains its modesty. With a myriad of eateries and cafes nestled down its winding cobbled streets, there are also many local tailors and jewellers and some of the best bakeries in the city.
The bending Rue Caulaincourt begins at the hubbub of Place de Clichy, but quickly transitions into somewhere much more tranquil. After crossing the famed Montmartre cemetery, the bending road heads quietly north. Lined by trees either side, the sweeping road is filled with local bars and cafes with outside terraces. Half way up Rue Caulaincourt cross Rue Lamarck, where a metro sits in the middle of a charming sub section of Montmartre. Peering over Paris from the top of the hill, the area also hosts Saint-Vincent Cemetery and Place Dalida.
Although Montmartre’s contemporary boundaries are not defined, it’s generally thought that Jules Joffrin is the areas northernmost point. Sat only ten minutes behind the Sacré-Cœur, Jules Joffrin feels like it is completely off the tourist track. Centred around the local town hall and a 19th century Catholic Church, the discreet area hosts a range of cheese, fish and wine stores. There is also a small park, Square Maurice Kriegel-Valrimont and an array of excellent patisseries. This is one area of Montmartre you really won’t want to miss.
Montmartre’s most westerly locale, Guy Môquet borders the neighbouring 17th arrondissement. Situated just north of the Montmartre cemetery, Guy Môquet has some of Montmartre’s best restaurants and bars and is almost entirely free of tourist footprints. A great place for a quiet drink or a morning stroll, the area comes alive on the cross section of Avenue de Clichy and Rue Championnet, where there are many hotels and a weekend market.
Montmartre’s busiest and most infamous area, the Boulevard de Clichy is home to world renowned Moulin Rouge at Place Blanche. Only a stones throw away, Place Pigalle is the home to the area’s enduring red light district. Lined with sex shops, strip clubs and Paris’s last adult cinema, the area os also a popular night spot for non-voyeurs. With a number of cabarets and concert halls, the bustling avenue never sleeps.
All of the above areas of Montmartre centre around a metro station of the same name. Abbesses, Pigalle, Lamarck – Caulaincourt and Jules Joffrin are on the Line 12, while Guy Moquet (line 13) and Blanche (2) stop at connecting stations.
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