There’s a reason whimsical films such as Amélie, Moulin Rouge and Midnight in Paris have been set in Montmartre. With its cobblestone streets, ivy-clad buildings and spectacular viewpoints, the neighbourhood has a reputation for being one of the prettiest, most romantic areas in Paris. It’s also famous for being the home and workplace of renowned artists such as Picasso, van Gogh and Renoir.
With that in mind, make plans to wander (and maybe even get lost) around Rue des Abbesses, Rue de l’Abreuvoir and Place du Tertre. Each is lined with charming bistros, vintage cafés and quaint apartment buildings just dying for a spot in your Instagram feed. Of course, there’s also the Sacré-Coeur; no trip to Paris is complete without visiting this dazzling white basilica at the top of the hill that is Montmartre.
Travel tip: Take advantage of public transit if you’re staying here. The 18th Arrondissement is on the outskirts of Paris, so it’s not easy to walk to other districts from Montmartre.
Let’s be honest: no matter where you stay in Paris, you’re guaranteed to stumble upon famous shopping streets, luxurious hotels with stylish guest rooms and a conveniently located Metro station. Still, these are some of the best neighbourhoods and arrondissements — especially if you’re visiting the City of Light for the first time.
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