Last Updated on 16th October 2020 by Sophie Nadeau
If there’s one thing that signifies when summer is over and autumn has truly begun, it’s when the leaves change colour and pops of red, orange, and burnt umber can be found in the parks, gardens, and draping across buildings in the city of Paris. One of the most iconic locations is the Instagram lamppost of Montmartre, though in spite of its popularity, many people still struggle to find its exact location today.
Directions for where to find the Instagram lamppost of Montmartre
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! To reach the lamppost follow these directions.
Once you’re next to Clos Montmartre, on the crossroads where rue Saint-Vincent meets rue des Saules close to the Lapin Agile, head along rue Saint-Vincent in the direction away from the Sacré-Coeur (i.e. towards the West).
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.
If you have access to one, I particularly recommend bringing along a wide angle lens as this will permit you to fully capture as many leaves as possible (check here for a complete guide to my camera gear). The space behind the wall is actually Cimètiere Saint-Vincent, a lesser-known burial site of the 18th-arrondissement.
Nearby things to see & do
Throughout Paris, there are a number of vineyards which are still in operation, the largest of which is to be found in the 18th arrondissement. Every year, a grape harvest festival is held in the Montmartre vineyard, typically during the first or second week of October.
Unfortunately, the clos Montmartre remains closed to the public for the rest of the year, though it can still be admired through the grill gates that surround the vines. One particularly interesting feature of note is the door handle to enter the vineyard- it’s quite literally shaped like a wine bottle!
La Maison Rose
One of the most iconic locations in Montmartre is that of La Maison Rose, a café and bistro which was once frequented by the likes of Picasso, among others. Head to the corner of Rue de l’Abreuvoir and Rue des Saules and there it is…
A restaurant immortalised in artwork forever by the artist Maurice Utrillo who hailed from Montmartre, and painted ‘The Little Pink House’ in the 1930s, it’s one of the most delightful spots in the entirety of the city.
Visit today and you can expect al fresco dining on little green tables spaced around the cobbled lanes surrounding the restaurant. On the menu, there’s traditional French fare. Most recently, La Maison Rose was used as a filming location for the set of Emily in Paris.