Montmartre - the quartier
Montmartre is a beautiful and vibrant village within Paris city, and is conveniently located. It has been made famous in many films
and works of art, with its stairs up the hill, its windmills, its winding cobbled streets, its pretty cafés, its cabarets, its artists’
studios, and its authentic village life.
Click for a map of Montmartre and its main attractions.
Montmartre is also home to the only city-centre vineyard in Paris!
The Montmartre Wine Festival (Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre) is held in early
October (for 5 days up to the 2nd weekend), where the local wine, Le Clos Montmartre,
flows freely! (All the profits from sales go to local charities.)
Montmartre cemetery is down the road from the apartment and is a fascinating place to
explore. It's the final resting place of, among others,: painter and sculptor Edgar Degas,
composer Hector Berlioz, film-maker François Truffaut, actor Sacha Guitry, physicist Jean-
Bernard Foucault, Russian ballet dancer Nijinski, cabaret dancer La Goulue (Louise
Weber – often painted by Toulouse Lautrec), Margaret Kelly (Miss Bluebell of the Lido)
and writer Stendhal (Henri Beyle).
Your Paris apartment is just a two-minute walk from the
Place du Tertre and the Sacré Coeur Basilica (which you
can see from the balcony).
The flat is situated on the quieter end of the rue Lepic. So
while you’re just minutes from all the sights of Montmartre,
you’re away from the noise of the crowds.
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It’s also an area of Paris that has attracted film-makers for decades: remember
Truffaut’s chase scenes on the famous steps?
Scenes from Oscar-winning La Môme (La Vie en Rose in English) about the life of Edith
Piaf, were shot right outside the front door of the apartment building!
While Montmartre is a major draw for tourists, it is also home to thousands of Parisians, many of whom
have been Montmartrois for generations. The quartier is home to the famous Sacré Coeur Basilica,
the Place du Tertre artists’ square, the Moulin Rouge
and the café made famous in the film Amélie.
This quartier is where painters such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, Modigliani and
Degas lived and worked. Picasso's studio, at the Bateau Lavoir, is just down the road
from the apartment.Also nearby, you can see many of the original works from the area
at the Musée de Montmartre, on rue Cortot.
Don't just visit the famous spots - Montmartre is full of hidden treasures, especially on the
other side of the butte, behind the Sacré Coeur. Explore the cobbled streets and
numerous half-hidden public parks, and, if you're travelling with children, you'll find a
number of public playgrounds.
Montmartre is renowned for its café life – and by café, we don’t mean just coffee. A café is
also a bar – and a great place to sit outdoors at any time of day or night sipping un
express or a glass of wine and watching the world go by. People-watching is a national
sport in France – it’s not just encouraged, it’s practically mandatory!