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Montmartre

A vibrant and artistic neighbourhood once home to Renoir and Gauguin, offering spectacular views over the city.

TravelCurious Tip

Remember that the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur, which should be visited at the end, sits on the crest of the hill, so as long as you are heading uphill there is little possibility of being lost for long.

Artists gather

Today Montmartre is talked about by Parisians the way New Yorkers talk about ‘the Village’: ‘it's not what it used to be,’ ‘it's like Disneyland,’ ‘the artists can't afford to live here’ are some common complaints. But in truth, most of the great bohemians left after the outbreak of World War I.

During what is referred to as the Belle Époque, many notable artists lived and worked in Montmartre from 1872 to 1914, where the rents were low and the atmosphere congenial to expression. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Raoul Dufy and Maurice Utrillo all shared the same address at different times - 12 rue Cartot - which is now the Musée de Montmartre. Renoir's famous windmill, the Moulin de la Galette, is at the top of the district.

Picasso painted one of his most important masterpieces, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, whilst living here; Vincent van Gogh, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Henri Matisse and Edgar Degas all worked in Montmartre and drew some inspiration from the area.

Keep it interesting

Montmartre still has a great feel, and is also home to two notable churches that are both well worth seeing: the Sacré-Coeur and Saint-Pierre de Montmartre. The district's high altitude - though not quite the mountain its name suggests, it is certainly quite a hill - offers views over Paris rivalled only by the Eiffel Tower.

Start your tour at metro Blanche and gradually enter the district on a pilgrimage into the place that nurtured France's great artists. Try to lose yourself in the steep and cobbled streets of one of the most historic and interesting neighbourhoods in Paris.


Nearby Attractions

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Saint-Pierre de Montmartre
An unsung gem of a medieval church, Saint-Pierre started life in the 12th century as a renowned women's monastery.
Moulin de la Galette
A windmill in the historic Montmartre district that has been immortalised in works by Renoir and Van Gogh.
French Boulangerie
Montmartre's pastry chefs and bakers are amongst the best in the world - and some of the best shops are hidden in plain sight.
Hearty brunch
Sit down with new friends and the bistro's local owner to indulge in a hearty, local brunch.
'I love you wall' Paris
A 40 square metres love-themed wall located in the romantic garden of the Square Jehan Rictus in Montmartre.
Bateau Lavoir
From 1889 the "Bateau-Lavoir" was the most famous place for artistic creation in the heart of Montmartre. A place to live and discuss for many painters, writers, actors and art sellers.

Related Tours

Private Bohemian Montmartre Walking Tour: Home of the Artists
Uncover the history and art of a quintessentially Parisian neighbourhood on this walking tour. 

  • Explore Bohemian Montmartre, the home of world-renowned artists, including Picasso and Renoir.
  • See the Sacré-Coeur (external only), Van Gogh’s former home, and the city's last vineyard.
  • See the home of the Moulin Rouge.
  • Experience some of the best panoramic views of Paris from the top of the hill.
  • Enjoy a tasty local treat from a French pâtisserie!

Bohemian Paris

In this fascinating walking tour of Montmartre, you will be immersed in Paris' most bohemian and intriguing neighbourhood, whilst exploring this unique enclave of the city. You will see first hand where some of the world’s most influential painters including Renoir, Picasso and Van Gogh, lived and worked on this beautiful hill towering above Paris. 

You will also have the pleasure of discovering the windmills and many monuments for which this area is famous. A highlight undoubtedly will be paying a visit to the famous  the Moulin Rouge, as well as traversing the highest point in Paris at the gleaming white Sacré-Cœur Basilica. 

Sacré-Cœur: Worship and War

Built in the 19th century in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War and the chaotic Paris Commune, the Sacré-Cœur emerged to become a symbol of the struggle between the conservative Catholic establishment and the secular republic radicals. Your expert city guide will explain the complex history of Montmartre, a place of devout worship spanning from the Druids of ancient Gaul right up to today. Make sure you have your camera as you are sure to be rewarded by a spectacular picture-perfect view of Paris below.
Private Half Day Driving Tour of Paris in a Vintage Car
Experience the highlights of Paris, the City of Lights and romance on this fabulous half-day private driving tour in a vintage 2CV with your expert guide. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of your private guide. 
  • Drive around the monuments and neighbourhoods of Paris in a vintage car. Surely the only way to see the City of Lights! 
  • Cruise along the famous Champs Elysées Avenue towards the Arc de Triomphe. 
  • Drive around Place de la Concorde, Les Invalides, Place Vendôme, Opera Garnier, the Musée d’Orsay, and the magnificent, still standing, Cathedral de Notre Dame.
  • Stop off for panoramic views of the city at various points with views across the domes and monuments of Paris. 
  • Take photos of the mighty Eiffel Tower at the best viewing platforms, and learn all about the most famous monument of Paris. 
  • Stop outside the Louvre for some fabulous snaps of the Pyramid and stunning French Renaissance palace, former home to the kings and queens of France.
  • Head up the hill to Montmartre, for wonderful panoramic views across the city. 
  • End in Montmartre. See the beautiful Sacre Coeur basilica, and wander through the bohemian, picturesque cobbled streets and artists squares made famous by the Impressionists. 
  • NB. The car picks up and drops off at the place of your choice.
Paris – the city of lights! What better way to tour this most romantic of cities than on a driving tour in a vintage 2CV! 

On this half tour of Parisian highlights, you’ll be picked up and dropped off at locations of your choice, then begin with a drive up the Champs Elysees. Paris’s famous shopping avenue, named for the Elysian Fields, and culminating with the iconic Arc de Triomphe, a monument to those who fought and died during the Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, and World Wars. 

Drive to Opera Garnier (site of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ for more snaps, and then the stunning Place Vendôme, home of the Paris Ritz, and featuring a monument to commemorate the victory at Austerlitz in 1805. You’ll drive around Place de la Concorde (the largest square in the city), with its obelisk marking the location of the guillotine, under which King Louis XVI was executed. 

Drive along the river Seine and see the beautiful Musée d’Orsay, a former train station turned art gallery, and of course, stop by the Louvre. The former royal palace of the French royals, with its modern glass pyramid and largest, is the grandest museum in Paris. 

Explore the wonders of the Latin Quarter, where Hemingway lived, and famed for its university and the Paris Pantheon. Stand in awe at the gothic masterpiece that is Notre Dame Cathedral – still standing despite the raging fire of 2019. See also the Conciergerie – a former palace, turned jail of the Revolution and today it is still the Paris judiciary. Take in the outside beauty of Sainte Chappelle (featuring the most impressive stain glass windows in the world). Then, visit the quintessentially French Trocadero where you will have the opportunity to snap some beautiful photos and catch some great views of the world-famous Eiffel Tower.

To conclude this epic tour of the great city of Paris you will head up the hill to Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur Basilica that looks over the city. Here, you’ll be able to stroll along the cobbled streets of this most colourful and bohemian of neighbourhoods, where you will learn more about the fascinating life and works of Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, all of whom lived and worked here. The perfect way to experience the city if you have limited time, and also a great way to find out what to focus on for the rest of your trip. 

Tours can be adapted to suit your needs and interests – just get in contact with us!
Private Montmartre Walking Tour at Night with Wine at a Local Bistro
Experience the city of lights at its best on this evening walking tour of Montmartre.  

  • Explore bohemian Montmartre at its prime time and get a sense of the lives of world-renowned artists, including Picasso and Renoir.
  • See the Moulin Rouge, Van Gogh’s former home, and the city's last vineyard.
  • Admire the views over the sparkling city from Sacré-Coeur
  • End the tour in a French Bistro with a glass of wine. 
Once a countryside village at the edge of Paris with roots dating back to the Roman Empire, from the second half of the XIX century the hill of Montmartre became home to many of the world’s leading artists.

Strolling around the cobblestone streets of the neighbourhood, you will find out where Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso lived, and the locations that inspired some of their most famous masterpieces, such as the Moulin Rouge and the Moulin de la Galette.

Your local guide will expertly navigate the winding narrow streets as you step off the beaten path and explore this charming neighbourhood. You will also visit some of the more unusual places, like the area's very own vineyard! 

After admiring the breathtaking views over Paris from the hills' highest point, Sacré-Cœur, sit down for a glass of wine in your guide's favourite local haunt!
Montmartre Brunch Tour for Foodies
What could be more Parisian than spending a morning in Montmartre with a chef, shopping at a market, then making and enjoying a meal in his restaurant? On your small group tour with a chef, you will:

  • Meet your chef-and-guide at a pre-arranged spot in the Montmartre section of Paris.
  • Wander through the market and local shops, picking up cheese, fruit, fresh bread, chocolate, and more.
  • Prepare a meal alongside the chef in the kitchen of his restaurant, including making a classic French dish. 
  • Learn to make a classic French dish – some days it’s escargot, others it’s Beef Bourguignon. It all depends on what’s in season and available – the true Parisian way!
  • Gather around the table to indulge in the four-course meal you’ve prepared, alongside four perfectly paired wine tastings

Wander the streets which were once home to Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso, shopping in the local markets and in a neighbourhood that has certainly earned a reputation as one of the most artistic and inspirational areas of Paris. On your tour, you’ll see Montmartre’s iconic sites with a local, passing by the tourist spots, as you dart in and out of cheese and chocolate shops. Then, enjoy the experience of a lifetime, cooking in a French restaurant kitchen with one of the city’s friendliest and most charismatic chefs. You’ll spend a few hours in his kitchen, alongside a handful of others (up to 12 people total), cooking and preparing a meal to share at the table together. 

After all the prepping and cooking, sit down to enjoy a luxuriating four-course meal, paired perfectly with four wine tastes. Your experience ends after the meal, where your chef-and-guide will give you his recommendations on the best way to continue your culinary indulgences in one of the world’s great food cities. 

Montmartre Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, you will learn first-hand what locals love about Paris from someone who knows the place inside-out. You will see first hand where some of the world’s most influential painters including Renoir, Picasso and Van Gogh, lived and worked on this beautiful hill towering above Paris. You will virtually travel to Montmartre where you will:

  • Experience some of the best panoramic views of Paris from the top of the hill.
  • Wander down the streets where Renoir, Picasso, and Van Gogh each called home for a season. 
  • Learn the neighbourhood contextual backstories and rumours which bring Paris’ Montmartre district to life.
  • Be immersed in Paris' most bohemian and intriguing neighbourhood, whilst exploring this unique enclave of the city.
  • Be explained the complex history of Montmartre, a place of devout worship spanning from the Druids of ancient Gaul right up to today. 
  • See the  Sacré-Cœur, which was built in the 19th century in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War and the chaotic Paris Commune. It emerged to become a symbol of the struggle between the conservative Catholic establishment and the secular republic radicals. 
Be immersed in Paris' most bohemian and intriguing neighbourhood, whilst exploring a thoroughly unique enclave of the city. Discover the windmills, cabarets, and many monuments for which this area is famous. Enjoy the neighbourhood which encompasses the artistry, history, and beauty that the capital has to offer.

Private: Paris Highlights Walking tour & River Cruise
Enjoy a three-hour private walking tour of Paris, and explore the highlights of the French capital, finishing with a river cruise of the idyllic Seine. On your private tour, you will: 

  • Meet your guide by the famed Sacré-Cœur church and spectacular viewpoint over Paris.
  • See the best of Paris from Montmartre to Notre Dame, including the Moulin Rouge, the Centre Pompidou, and Île de la Cité.
  • Visit Le Marais neighbourhood, Hotel de Ville, Palais de Justice de Paris (Conciergerie), Place Dauphine and the Pont Neuf.
  • Travel like a local – your guide will teach you all the tricks to taking the Paris Metro.
  • Enjoy complimentary river cruise tickets, which you can use at the end of your tour or even the next day. 
Start your tour immersed in one of the city’s most intriguing and bohemian neighbourhoods – an enclave of famous painters and artists, Montmartre. Then hop aboard the iconic Metro, where your guide will teach you all the tips and tricks for navigating it during your stay in Paris. 

Marvel at the famous Centre Pompidou building, described by its architect Renzo Piano as a "huge spaceship made of glass", and stroll through Le Marais neighbourhood. Once the city's Jewish Quarter, the area is today filled with hip boutiques, galleries, and cafes. 

Visit one of the two remaining natural islands in the Seine, the Île de la Cité, which is considered the historic heart of Paris. The medieval city of Paris was refounded here with magnificent Sainte-Chapelle and the former prison, the Conciergerie. While on Île de la Cité, you will have time to walk around the hauntingly beautiful Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, as she undergoes a renovation from the 2019 fire. 

Your tour finishes at Pont Neuf, where your guide will give you tickets to join a one-hour river cruise that will take you past the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. These tickets can be used any time, any day during your stay in Paris. 
Best of Paris Private Full Day Tour with Louvre Tickets
Experience the best of Paris on this full-day tour of its most iconic neighbourhoods and monuments, including a fully guided tour of the magnificent Louvre Museum. On your private tour, you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of your private guide.
  • Explore the quaint Bohemian artists' district of Montmartre.
  • Wander around the lovely and historic neighbourhood of Le Marais.
  • Explore the fascinating and beautiful Latin Quarter.
  • Enjoy a lunch break at (price not included).
  • Walk around Notre Dame de Paris and the Palais du Justice on the ile de la Cite. 
  • Enter the Louvre Museum with skip-the-line tickets (all included). See all the major highlights.
  • End your tour inside the Louvre to explore on your own if you so wish, or your guide can escort you to the exit. 
Enjoy a full-day privately guided tour of the cultural highlights of Paris – from Montmartre to Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter to the Louvre. 

Beginning at the top of the hill in Montmartre, you will explore this quaint and cobbled neighbourhood made famous by the Impressionist artists and of course the Moulin Rouge. Soak up the Bohemian atmosphere of Place du Tertre, filled with working artists and lined with bars. Walk past Renoir’s studio and Van Gogh’s apartment, and see the iconic Bateaux Lavoir where Picasso stayed and the Moulin de la Galette – star of Renoir’s iconic masterpiece.

Ride the Funicular to the mighty Basilica Sacre Coeur – learn about its controversy and enjoy some gorgeous views across the skyline of Paris.

Head to Le Marais, famous for its Jewish history and the delicious falafels to be found on the iconic Rue des Rosiers. Step into the mesmerizing Place des Voges where Victor Hugo lived. 

Cross the river to explore the fascinating Latin Quarter – home to Sorbonne University, whose students spoke and read Latin in the Middle Ages. Learn about the writers who lived here like Hemingway, and the luminaries buried in the Pantheon. 

After lunch head, onto the Ile de la Cite to see Notre Dame de Paris – still standing after the fire that ravaged it in 2019, and walk around the Palais de Justice and Conciergerie as you hear all about the French Revolution and the fate of King Louis and Queen Marie Antoinette. 

Finally, enjoy wandering over the river towards the Louvre. Enjoy a fully guided tour of the museum with its 300 rooms – including the must-see masterpieces of the Mona Lisa, The Winged Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo and the Coronation of Napoleon.
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