The 7 best places to visit in Montmartre! A summary of hills overlooking Paris, security, and cafes

Montmartre is a city where famous painters such as Picasso and Monet have lived.

Detailed information on the café where Amelie worked, Sacré Coeur, Montmartre Hill, and more, complete with maps!

The author, who loves Montmartre, introduces 7 recommended sightseeing spots in Montmartre based on actual research, including the location, the nearest train station, and the times when it’s less crowded and easier to take photos!

★ This is a great way to learn more about the city and its people.

What is Montmartre like?

If you climb a little higher in the city of Paris, you will find a large cathedral perched on a hill in the suburbs. The dome of the Sacré Coeur Cathedral on the Hill offers a panoramic view of the city of Paris.

It is also the setting for many famous paintings, such as Amelie and Moulin Rouge, and the home of famous painters such as Picasso and Monet.

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7 Recommended Tourist Attractions in Montmartre

I love Montmartre so much, I’m going to recommend you 7 places to visit!

1.A 360° view of Paris! Sacré Coeur Temple

Visible from both the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, the chalk-white cathedral stands on the hill of Montmartre. From the top of the 83-meter high dome, you can see the city of Paris 360 degrees. The interior of the cathedral is also a must-see with its majestic atmosphere!

It is located at the top of Montmartre Hill, which I will introduce next. We recommend taking a walk up the hill, but there is also a cable car that will take you to the top of the hill, making it easy for those who want to take it easy or are not confident in their physical strength to get to the top.

The inside of the temple has a solemn atmosphere. It’s very mysterious with the morning sun shining through the very stained glass.

For more information on the Sacré Coeur Temple, click here!

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・Opening hours: Cathedral: 6:00-22:30; Dome (tower): May-September: 8:30-20:00; October-April: 9:00-17:00.
・Regular holidays: None
・Admission: Cathedral: free; Dome (tower): €6 *Not valid with Museum Pass
・Location (nearest station): 10-minute walk from Anvers Metro Station (Line 2).
・Recommended time to visit: around 7:30am to get a good shot of the exterior of the cathedral without people; around 8:00am, there are too many people to take a good shot.
・Official website: https://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/ (French/English)

 

2.The “Montmartre Hill” is a great place to take a walk and climb.

This park is located below the Sacré Coeur temple. This is also the park where Amelie, the main character in the movie “Amelie,” returned her album to Nino. There is also a cute merry-go-round at the base of the park.

From the top, you can see the whole city of Paris. However, due to its location, you can only see the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

There is also a cable car that will take you to the top, so those who want to take it easy or are not confident in their physical strength can easily reach the top.

The cable car is located to the left of the park entrance. It’s hidden by trees, but it’s on the left side of the park!


A cable car that can take you to the top of the hill. It’s pretty easy (laughs)

・Open hours: 8:00 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
・Closed days: None
・Entrance fee: Free. The cable car costs €1.9 (Carnet Navigo available).
・Location (nearest station): 5-minute walk from Anvers Metro Station (Line 2)
・Recommended time: During the day, the park is full of people. If you want to take your time, I recommend around 8:00am, just after the park opens.
・Official website: https://www.montmartre-guide.com/ (French/English)

 

3. “Tertre Square” where painters gather

Montmartre was once home to famous painters such as Monet and Picasso, and many of them still paint here today. It is fun to have your portrait painted as a memento.

Some of the paintings are (probably) printed, and are a bit more expensive than other places. Some of the paintings are printed and a little more expensive than other places, but it is safer to buy from an artist who is actually painting (or demonstrating).

・Business hours: Depends on the artist. There were already many of them around 9:00 a.m.
・Closed: Depends on the artist.
・Price: negotiable. The market price is from 8,000 yen. If you bargain too much, the painter will lose motivation, so be careful.
・Location (nearest station): 5 minutes walk from Sacré Coeur. 10 minute walk from Abbesses station on Metro Line 12, 15 minute walk from Anvers station on Metro Line 2.
・Recommended time to visit: During the day, the area is full of painters and tourists. If you go before the dome of the Sacré Coeur opens, there are fewer people.

 


Near the Place du Tertre, there is Café Le Consolat, where Monet, famous for his “Water Lilies,” used to frequent. This store has been in business for a long time.

4.The Wall of Jeu T’aime, which says “I love you” in 300 different languages

The words “Je t’aime” (I love you) are written all over the walls in 300 different languages. Of course, there is more than one, so be sure to look around and see what you can find.

It’s just a short walk from the station, and there’s also a park and a cute little amusement park, so it’s fun to just stroll around.


Japanese is also available. This is not the only one, so please look for others♪

・Hours of operation: 8:00 (9:30 on weekends and holidays) to 17:00
Closed: No holidays
・Entrance fee: Free
・Location (nearest station): 1 minute walk from Abbesses Station on Metro Line 12.
・Recommended time: If you want to take beautiful pictures, it is best to go in the morning when the park opens. If you want to take only a part of the picture, you can go anytime.
・Official website: https://lesjetaime.com/ (French/English)

 

5.Just like the world of Amelie! Cafe de 2 Moulins

A must-see spot for any fan of the movie “Amelie”! This is the cafe where the main character, Amelie, used to work.

The interior of the cafe is almost exactly like the world of the movie, and there are many Amelie goods on display, which is sure to excite any Amelie fan!

Of course, I’m also a big fan of Amelie, and my tension was at its highest when I cracked open the crème brûlée (¥945 = €7).

The store is filled with Americana goods. I heard that the director of Amelie sometimes comes here… I didn’t get to meet him (crying).


Try to break the okoge with the tip of a spoon, just like Amelie.

・Business hours: 7:30 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m.) to 2:00 a.m.
・Closed on the night of Dec. 24
・Location (nearest station): 5 minutes walk from Blanche Station (Metro Line 2)
・Recommended time: You can get in early outside of lunch and dinner hours. It is crowded during lunch time, but the turnover is reasonably fast and we were able to get in in about 5 minutes.
・Official website: https://cafedesdeuxmoulins.fr/ (French/English/German/etc.)

 

6. “Moulin Rouge,” the symbol of Montmartre

A symbol of Montmartre, famous for the movie “Moulin Rouge,” this store opened in 1889, and its bright red building and bright red windmills have been depicted in many paintings, so you’ve probably seen them before.

Incidentally, the name “Moulin Rouge” means “red windmill”! It is a cabaret where you can see a dance and singing show called French Cancan, but you should definitely go and see it just to see the exterior.

・Business hours: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
・Price: from 15,700 yen
・Location (nearest station): 1 minute walk from Blanche Station (Metro Line 2)
・Recommended time: If you want to enjoy the show, consult your wallet. If you just want to take pictures of the exterior, it is easier to take pictures in the morning when there are fewer people. However, the neon lights come on and the windmills start spinning after the doors open at 19:00.
・Official website: https://www.moulin-rouge-japon.com/(Japanese/reservations available)

 

7. Souvenir store

The Montmartre area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Paris, so there are many souvenir shops. There are many souvenirs of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe, not just Montmartre, so please try to find your favorite souvenir.

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・Opening hours: Varies from store to store. No stores are open around 8:00 a.m., and at night they were still open around 9:00 p.m.
・Closed: Depends on the store.
・Location (nearest station): 3 minutes walk from Anvers station on Metro Line 2.

 

Points to note when sightseeing in Montmartre

It’s a downtown area, so it’s not safe

During the daytime, there are many tourists and there is no danger in sightseeing, but there are many pickpockets who target tourists, so please be careful with your belongings.

Also, it is a so-called downtown area, which is not a very safe area. It is also an entertainment district and there are many shady stores, so women should avoid walking alone at night as much as possible.

Many scams and pickpockets

Pickpocketing: Be careful with your luggage as there are many tourists and it gets crowded.
Misanga: Black people hanging out on the Montmartre hill. Misanga: Black people who hang out on Montmartre Hill, forcing you to tie their misanga, saying “friend, friend” and demanding money. You can either run away or say no in a loud and clear voice. The force is strong.
Signatures: Mostly Gypsies, but some Asians seem to be increasing here and there. Many are women. Signatures: Mostly Gypsies, but there seems to be an increasing number of Asians. Sometimes they pickpocket you while you are writing or in the middle of a dispute.

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Enjoy strolling around the city that the painter loved.

Montmartre, a little suburb of Paris, has a different atmosphere from the center of Paris where the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower are located.

It has been a stage of history for a long time, with cafes and parks frequented by painters that everyone knows, and streets that appeared in Amelie.

The city is so full of charm that there is not enough to introduce. Please take a leisurely stroll and find your favorite Montmartre.

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