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Paris Travel Guide:

Best Places to Visit in Paris - Montmartre

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This section of our Paris Travel Guide describes the best places to visit in the Montmartre neighborhood.  Click the links below to go directly to a specific place or just continue reading to explore this section of Paris.

Montmartre  Sacre Coeur  The Moulin Rouge

  • Montmartre and its attractions are world famous and worth seeing, but the area is a little frayed around the edges. In addition, the location is a little removed from the City's main attractions and, as a consequence, we would not recommend booking a hotel in Montmartre.

  • The Moulin Rouge continues to be a popular attraction, but attending a show is fairly pricey for two drinks, uncomfortable seats and being wedged in with people you don't know.  On the other hand, the Moulin Rouge is a Paris legend and the dancers are very good.

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Dinner and Show at the Moulin Rouge with Hotel Pickup

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Local musicians can tell a tourist a mile away! During a visit to Sacre Coeur, we were  gazing at Paris from the steps in front of the church, enjoying the view.  A wizened old fellow came around the corner, loaded up his accordion and serenaded us with “La Vie en Rose”.  It was like a scene in a movie and it worked just fine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Moulin Rouge

 

 

Montmartre (18 ém) (R) 24  is located to the north of L'Opera Garnier.)

Sacre Coeur   (18 ém) (R)  

Set on the bluff in Montmartre, this church is a well-known Parisian landmark.  The church was constructed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is characterized by its unique architecture.  The view from Sacre Coeur is  spectacular and the cathedral's stairs and terrace are often crowded with sightseers.

Sacre Coeur is surrounded by the winding streets of Montmartre made famous by the writers and artists who lived there.  The nearby Place du Tetre is a fanciful little square filled with artists displaying their paintings for sale.  Stop and have drink while soaking up some of the local ambiance. This is a fun place to visit.

 

 

The Moulin Rouge

Click for a gorgeous photo of the Moulin Rouge in Montmartre at nightLocated on the border between Montmartre and Pigalle 18ém (R)   (Bal du Moulin Rouge, 82 boulevard de Clichy)

The Moulin Rouge has an interesting history, including being featured in many paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec. The tickets for the performances are pricey and the densely packed audience consists, predominately, of tourists.  The show is fun, lively, and if you want to see the  "Can-Can" in Paris, this is the place to see it. 

  • Since April of 2004, the theater has been a no smoking zone.

  • The neighborhood around the Moulin Rouge is somewhat sleazy (not edgy).  Exercise caution at night, as pickpockets, hustlers, and pimps abound.

  • Cabs may be hard to find when the shows let out. You can catch the Metro at the Blanche Station, if your show lets out before the Metro shuts down around midnight (check the Metro for current schedules)

 

Paris Walking Tour - Montmartre
 
From Viator Tours

 

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Sacre Coeur is a well known Paris landmark

 

 
Paris by Night Illuminations Tour and Paris Moulin Rouge Show

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