What to do in Montmartre, Paris?

Top things to do in Montmartre

Gone are the days when Montmartre was a village packed with vines and windmills, although two ‘moulins’ (windmills) and a small patch of vines do still exist.Until 1873, when the Sacré-Coeur was built on top of the hill, it was a small village separated from Paris. Today, Montmartre is situated in the 18th arrondissement of Paris (north of the city). Perched high on a hill, the area is tightly packed with houses, around the white dome of the Sacré-Coeur. Despite the thronging tourists (chiefly around Place du Tertre) it remains the most unabashedly romantic part of Paris – a place in which to climb quiet stairways, peer down narrow alleys onto ivy-clad houses, and watch the world go by in atmospheric cafés – especially along Rue des Abbesses, Rue des Trois Frères and Rue des Martyrs. Artists have historically been attracted to Montmartre since Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec immortalized the cabarets here in the late 19th century; even today an arty vibe lives on thanks to the upwardly-mobile film, music and media types that have moved in. Thanks to its prominent location, Montmartre is one of the most noticeable landmarks in Paris.

What to do in Montmartre, Paris? Here are some suggestions of activities that Montmartre has to offer.

  • A show at the Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge is the world famous cabaret venue which opened in 1889. This was the time known as the Belle Epoque – France was not at war for a change, a century was coming to an end, creativity was blooming, and people were filled with the joys of life. What better time to launch a dance-hall of beautiful showgirls?
Moulin Rouge
82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris

  • A picnic with a view

Are you tired of always find yourself crammed like sardines in the Jardin du Luxembourg? You want to relax yourself just the time of a picnic far from the bustling city and its tourists?

We invite you to discover two very nice and little known places to enjoy a bucolic picnic as if you were there ! Just opposite to the Vineyards of Montmartre is a small green square formerly called “Freedom Square.” Surrounded on both sides by vines, this park is ideal for a picnic with your lover.
Vignes de Montmartre
Rue des Saules, 75018 Paris

  • A Chocolate Making Workshop

The Atelier C Chocolate Making Workshop is an opportunity for both individuals and groups to have a go at chocolate making, whether it’s for a special occasion – or just a want of new skills! They chocolate workshops give guests the chance to have fun and get creative with chocolate making and decorating, creating personalized chocolate treats to take home and enjoy

Photo credit: edwin.11 / Foter / CC BY

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