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Top 5 things to do in Paris' Montmartre

The Paris neighborhood of Montmartre is famous for its bohemian flair, and many of its cultural offerings shape the city. It's a great place to relax and take in some art - what are some places you shouldn't miss?

  • Sacre Coeur

    1. Sacre Coeur

    Paris' most famous basilica was completed in 1914 and shines like a beacon. After you've climbed its white steps, it will give you a breathtaking view across the city!

  • 2. Dali Museum

    This collection of sculptures and paintings is the only permanent Dali exhibition in France. It's really popular though, so book your tickets in advance.

  • Moulin Rouge

    3. Moulin Rouge

    Not just a movie, Moulin Rouge is a legendary place you can visit - why not book dinner for two with a raunchy show there?

  • Wall of Love

    4. Wall of Love

    Visit the Wall of Love in the Jehan Rictus garden in the world's most romantic city! Made of molten lava, it's covered with the phrase "I love you" in over 300 different languages.

  • St. Martin Canal

    5. St. Martin Canal

    The street life along this canal summarizes the Parisian lifestyle - leisurely strolls and afternoons spent sitting outside at cafés, sampling world-class food.

Planning Your Visit

  • Keep an eye on your belongings

    Unfortunately, Paris' status as a world-class tourist city means it's also rife with pickpockets. Keep valuables stashed away deep inside a bag - especially on the metro - and don't flash them around at night.

  • Speak the lingo

    While nobody's expecting you to master French before you arrive, learning some basic words here and there will get you places and cause locals to look at you favorably!

  • Make reservations

    If you're keen to dine at a certain restaurant, reserve in advance to avoid disappointment - and remember that the French tend to eat dinner a bit later than Americans, around 7:00PM.

  • Skip the ticket lines

    You don't want to spend your vacation standing around, do you? If you have your sights set on one or two major museums, buy your tickets in advance to skip the ticket lines.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open hours vary by attraction, so check online when you've decided what you need to see.
  • Is it expensive?
    Prices vary by attraction. You can see a lot without spending much.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It definitely won't hurt!
  • How to get there
    Take line 12 to Abbesses or line 2 to Anvers or Blanche stations. Or try the electric bus, Le Montmartrobus!
  • Additional information

    • Try to visit on a clear day, when the view extends for miles.

    • Be prepared to climb steps, and bring an appetite!

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What people are saying about Montmartre

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,553 reviews

Our tour guide, Francois was exceptional! He was experienced, knowledgable and very entertaining. I would never have known the stories behind the area just walking around by myself. He was animated and put on a performance, acting out artists through different voices. So fun! The walk was beautiful and we went at an appropriate pace for the group. I would highly recommend this tour for the history lesson and a different side of Paris!

Our guide really knew his stuff. I kind of wish there was some accommodation or alternative for non-red meat eaters or vegetarians but I understand. The bits of history were appreciated and choices were delicious.

Great experience and a fun way to see some of the sights. Easy to find and some great photo opportunities. I will definitely use next time I’m in Paris.

Amazing tour around some of the most beautiful views around Paris, including many French traditional tastings. Our guide Nicolas was beyond exceptional.

Sara was the greatest tour guide Funny, informative, whatever she’s getting paid double it plus Highly recommend the tour