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
Terrass'' Hotel
Terrass'' Hotel
4 out of 5
12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥14,334 per night

Located in Montmartre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of La Machine du Moulin Rouge and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. Palais Garnier and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"The Terrass'' Hotel made our wedding anniversary magical. The view and interior design are devine. Vive la France. The. view of La Tour Eiffel is priceless. We also had a room facing Cimetière de Montmartre, where people are lining. up to pose with the headstone of famous singer Dalida, real name ..."…"

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Terrass'' Hotel
Citadines Montmartre Paris
Citadines Montmartre Paris
3 out of 5
16 Avenue Rachel, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥9,776 per night

Located in Montmartre, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of La Machine du Moulin Rouge and Place de Clichy. Le Trianon and Basilica of the Sacred Heart ...

4/5Very Good! (1,147 reviews)

"Great price for a great location. Basic hotel but has everything you need and is clean. Staff are very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Citadines Montmartre Paris
Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre
Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre
4 out of 5
5 Rue Tholoze, Paris, Paris
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,222 per night

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (978 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 Mar 8, 2020

Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre
Hotel Regyn's Montmartre
Hotel Regyn's Montmartre
2 out of 5
18 Place Des Abbesses, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥8,678 per night

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

4.1/5Very Good! (453 reviews)

"Great location and very clean. Close to bars and restaurants as well as the metro."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Hotel Regyn's Montmartre
Luxia Hotel
Luxia Hotel
2 out of 5
8 rue seveste, Paris
The price is ¥6,041 per night

Located in Montmartre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Le Trianon and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. La Machine du Moulin Rouge and Grevin Museum ...

3.5/5Good! (166 reviews)

"Very close to the bus station And the metro station"…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Luxia Hotel
Le Village Montmartre by Hiphophostels
Le Village Montmartre by Hiphophostels
20 rue d'Orsel, Paris, Paris

Located in Montmartre, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Le Trianon and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. La Machine du Moulin Rouge and Grevin Museum ...

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 Oct 15, 2019

Le Village Montmartre by Hiphophostels

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