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MontmartreParis

Presided over by the Sacré-Cœur, this charming neighborhood is still reminiscent of its days as an enclave for some of the world’s greatest artists.

Providing inspiration for many films, including Amelie, Moulin Rouge and the Édith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose, Montmartre (Mountain of the Martyr) has long been associated with the Parisian artistic community. Originally outside the official boundaries of Paris, the village of Montmartre was a mid-19th century creative haven for artists including Dalí, Modigliani, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, Picasso and van Gogh.

Many of the places frequented by those famous artists are still standing. Musée de Montmartre, where Renoir once lived and worked, is now home to historic manuscripts, letters, posters, photographs and archaeological artifacts.

Nightclubs, cabaret and prostitution were woven into the area’s social fabric and still exist today, particularly along the gaudy Boulevard de Clichy. This is where you’ll find the Moulin Rouge, which opened in 1889. Today it has two shows nightly, complete with elaborate costumes, dramatic song and the high cancan kicks of the last century.

Montmartre’s most famous architectural highlight is the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart). This Catholic church is perched on the city’s highest hill, the butte Montmartre (“mountain of the martyr”). The basilica’s interior has one of the world’s largest mosaics, Christ in Majesty. Its grand pipe organ was designed by Aristide Cavaille-Coll, who also created the organs for Notre Dame.

While in the area, art lovers should stop by Espace Dalí a few streets to the west of the basilica. This is a permanent exhibition devoted to Salvador Dali. It features more than 300 of the artist’s works, including the country’s largest collection of his sculptures.

The best time to visit Montmartre is on a weekday when the streets are less crowded. In October, however, there is a time when you’ll be glad to mix with masses. During Fetes de Vendanges (grape harvest festival), Montmartre celebrates the pickings from its own tiny vineyard. There are parades of dancers and musicians, stalls of regional produce and a nightly fireworks display over several days.

Montmartre is located in the north end of Paris, atop a hill that reaches a height of about 427 feet (130 meters). You can take the stairs up the dramatic hillside, or drive into the neighborhood. This is an area that lends itself to getting lost. At some point during your visit, fold away your map and embrace its narrow, cobblestone streets. If the inclines are too much, catch Montmartre’s “Little Train.” It chugs its way through the major locations. A 35-minute round trip is a ticketed journey and leaves from Place Blanche regularly throughout the day.

Top hotels in Montmartre

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Plus Hotel Litteraire Marcel Ayme
Best Western Plus Hotel Litteraire Marcel Ayme
4 out of 5
16 Rue Tholoze, Paris, Paris

Located in Montmartre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Moulin Rouge and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. Place de Clichy and Casino de Paris are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (151 reviews)

"Absolutely a gem! I wish we had a chance to stay longer than our one night (2 days) in Montmarte. The location of the hotel is perfect -- all within 5-min walking distance of the several "must sees" in this arondissement: Scare Coeur, Place du Tertre, Place des Abbessses (Metro station there too), ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Litteraire Marcel Ayme
Le Village Montmartre by Hiphophostels
Le Village Montmartre by Hiphophostels
20 rue d'Orsel, Paris, Paris
€80
per night
3 May-4 May

Located in Montmartre, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Moulin Rouge. Grevin Museum and Galeries Lafayette ...

4.1/5Very Good! (157 reviews)
great place, great price

"We spend a week in a private room and was perfect! We made 3 reservations bc we weren’t sure how long we will stay and kept extending it. The front desk staff were super nice and made sure we were in the same room the whole time. Very centrally located, literally a 4 minute walk to the train and ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Le Village Montmartre by Hiphophostels
Terrass'' Hotel Montmartre
Terrass'' Hotel Montmartre
4 out of 5
12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, Paris, Paris
€195
per night
3 May-4 May

Located in Montmartre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Moulin Rouge and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. Opéra Garnier and Louvre Museum are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,262 reviews)

"Fantastic experience! We stayed for 7 nights and room was clean and due to length of stay we were updated to eiffle tower view room! Loved staying There and would recommend!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Terrass'' Hotel Montmartre
Le Relais Montmartre
Le Relais Montmartre
4 out of 5
6, rue Constance, Paris, Paris
€109
per night
3 May-4 May

Located in Montmartre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Moulin Rouge and Place de Clichy. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Casino de ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (706 reviews)

"Staff was very help full,property was clean & very close to the subway Blanche."…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2020

Le Relais Montmartre
Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre
Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre
4 out of 5
5 Rue Tholoze, Paris, Paris
€111
per night
4 May-5 May

Located in Montmartre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Moulin Rouge, Place du Tertre and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. Galeries Lafayette and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,077 reviews)

"The room was small but very charming and well organized. Everything worked perfectly and it was very easy to store and access my things. The bed was extremely comfortable, the room quiet. It provided a welcome respite after busy days."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre
Odalys City Paris Montmartre
Odalys City Paris Montmartre
4 out of 5
7 rue Saint-Vincent, Paris
€109
per night
3 May-4 May

Located in Montmartre, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Moulin Rouge. Place de Clichy and Casino de Paris ...

4.2/5Very Good! (214 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my stay at Odalys City in Paris Montmartre and it was really a lovely area to stay in and a great view of the city overlooking Paris. The room was very spacious as well as the bathroom. Room was very clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Odalys City Paris Montmartre

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Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris
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