After getting off the subway stop and climbing several stairs, we arrived in what felt like an entirely different city. It was early in the morning, before shops had begun to open, and the streets were still empty. We pulled our suitcases along the cobblestone sidewalks, and up the steep staircase to Sacre Coeur. Before a light drizzle began, we took a seat at The Hardware Societe cafe where we enjoyed a savory and sweet dish along with coffee. The break and nourishment was much needed before we made our way to our Airbnb for the next few nights. With no plans other than to experience Montmartre, we rarely strayed far from our temporary abode, choosing to remain on foot as we explored this part of Paris.
For us, the best way to discover a new city is by foot, especially in a charming area. Montmartre is filled with ivy covered buildings, picturesque side streets, cozy cafes and views overlooking the city. In the summer time, the light begins to fade late into the night, so we often found ourselves falling asleep to the buzz of the fan, and the evening sky filled with shades of starburst pink and orange. But if you do end up staying up past 11pm, and have a view of the Eiffel Tower, then I recommend you leave your window wide open and stare at its twinkling lights, because Paris always shares its little surprises that leave an impression on you, and a longing to return.
For a short visit to Montmartre, I’d recommend these few tips:
Spend an early morning wandering to the Sacre Coeur Basilica. If you’re lucky, you’ll be one of the few people to walk the dimly lit basilica and admire the the delicate and heavenly sound of the choir. After, don’t forget to take in the views of the city or enjoy a delicious breakfast from The Hardware Societe, which is just around the corner.
Stroll along the popular instagram street, Rue de l’Abreuvoir, and take photos of the cute homes and the blush colored building, La Maison Rose.
Enjoy moules frites or a nutella crepe and espresso at Le Consulat while people watching.
Spend some time exploring the Musee Montmartre. Although a small museum, it is filled with interesting artifacts, and contains a quaint courtyard.
Wander the streets, and take in the beautiful details, while also hopping into a bakery or two for a pastry or madeleine to enjoy.
And if you feel like it, end the day where you started with views of Paris from Sacre Coeur. It might be crowded by then, but those views really are worth it. 🙂
Have you been to Montmartre? I’d love to hear your recommendations!