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Moulin de la Galette

A windmill in the historic Montmartre district that has been immortalised in works by Renoir and Van Gogh.

TravelCurious Tip

Whilst visiting the other attractions of Montmartre, pause here to do as the artists did and try a galette with a glass of red wine.

Birthplace of the galette

Le Moulin de la Galette is an area near the top of Montmartre, and at its centre is the windmill which used to grind the flour which gave the area its name: a galette is a rustic, savoury cake which accompanies a glass of red wine extremely well.

Indeed, the painters Renoir, van Gogh and Pissarro would agree. In the late 19th century, these celebrated artists, living in Paris at the time, would seek diversion atop Montmartre.


The origins of Impressionism

In the Musée d'Orsay, you can find one of Renoir’s most well known paintings, the Bal du moulin de la Galette. It captures a scene from a ball held in the area in 1876 and the lifestyle of the time - a Parisian existence becoming bohemian and relaxed; a time when male and female attitudes towards one another were becoming less formal. It also represents an iconic point in Impressionism which split the critics, some claiming it was ‘a page of history, a precious and strictly accurate portrayal of Parisian life.’ Others were not so kind, describing the painting succinctly as ‘blurry.’

Just two of the 14 windmills from that time survive; only the less famous Le Radet can be visited - the other remains on private land. There is however, a famous restaurant with the same name from which you can see the Blute-fin windmill, towering above the terrace, which itself provides a cool retreat on a hot day around Montmartre.


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.
Montmartre
A vibrant and artistic neighbourhood once home to Renoir and Gauguin, offering spectacular views over the city.
Hearty brunch
Sit down with new friends and the bistro's local owner to indulge in a hearty, local brunch.
Van Gogh's House
It's a hidden Gem in Montmartre, where Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Théo lived from 1886 to 1888.
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.
Le Petit Moulin Restaurant
A Traditional French restaurant in the heart of Montmartre.

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 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!
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