Wandering through the cobbled lanes of Montmartre, spying the unusual houses of the village, and even marvelling at the secret vineyard to be found there, is one of the greatest joys of visiting Paris. This is especially true when it comes to during the early morning when few people about, enjoying Autumn in Montmartre when the mornings are crisp, the leaves start to fall from the trees, and there’s no better time to photograph the 18th arrondissement!
Many visitors make the Paris mistake of seeing the Sacré-Coeur, strolling past the artists of Place du Tertre… and that’s about it when it comes to exploring Montmartre! As such, just a few streets back, along rue Cortot, rue de l’Abreuvoir, and behind them still on rue Saint-Vincent, there’s plenty of beautiful architecture and greenery to be spied with fewer crowds than those which swell around the Basilica.
Square Georges Marcel Bleustein-Blanchett
For those in search of a secret and secluded park while in the area, Square Marcel Bleustein-Blanchett provides one of the best Sacré-Coeur views and is an absolute delight to sit in for a little while to pause, chat with friends, or read a good book.
Come fall time, the trailing Wisteria and other greenery transform into an explosion of colour, framing the park and the Basilica beyond it in vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. It’s worth noting that while nothing is left of it today, this square was once the home of one of the lost windmills of Paris.
Directly linking the crossroads where La Maison Rose is to be found together with one of the main roads leading through the 18th-arrondissement, despite its lack of fame, there are a surprising number of beautiful terraced houses to be spied here, with oodles of trailing plants which turn golden come autumntime.
rue de l’Abreuvoir & Place Dalida
Just the other side of the crossroads from rue Cortot is the Instagram-famous ‘La Maison Rose‘. A café in operation for over a century, where even the most prominent of early twentieth-century artists once visited, the trailing vines covering the Montmartre establishment are ever so pretty to photograph.
Carry on along rue de l’Abreuvoir to the little cobbled square at the end of the Montmartre Street. Reach the end and you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic postcard-perfect perspective of the autumn leaves along the street, all the while capturing the Sacré-Coeur in the background.
PS, local legend has it that touching the bust of Dalida’s breasts will give you good luck which is why this part of the statue in the centre of the square is so worn! Visit at the same time as a tour group and you’ll soon be in a queue for snapping a photo together with the bust of the iconic singer.
When the summer season comes to an end, the air grows colder, and the nights shorter, Montmartre’s only vineyard transforms from vivid green to a burnt umber shade. Best-seen from just beside the Lapin Agile cabaret building during Autumn in Montmartre, this is one hidden gem of the 18th arrondissement you certainly won’t want to miss during your sojourn in Paris!
If you’ve ever seen a photo of a lamp set against a burning red set of fall leaves on Instagram, then this guide is here to show you exactly how you can capture the same stunning photograph! Once you’re at Clos Montmartre, close to the Lapin Agile, head along rue Saint-Vincent in the direction away from the Sacré-Coeur.
Just a few hundred metres down the street and you’ll soon spot the ‘Instagram famous’ lamppost surrounded by a sea of oranges and reds. When seeing the lamp, you can either go along the pavement at street level or alternatively head up some steps to enjoy a raised elevation perspective of the light. The space behind the wall is actually Cimètiere Saint-Vincent, a lesser-known burial site of the 18th-arrondissement.
Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival
Each and every year, the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre takes place, typically around the second weekend of October. While the vineyard is closed to the public for the rest of the year (though can be spied through the metal grillings which surround it), on this select weekend wine grown in the 18th-arrondissement is auctioned off, with profits going to local causes. Other events during popular festival include dancing, singing, and more!