Le Petit Moulin Montmartre: A Traditional French Café & Bistro in the 18e

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Last Updated on 19th June 2018 by Sophie Nadeau

Away from the Sacré-Coeur and streets apart from the cobbled lanes that make up the touristic area of the city, Le Petit Moulin of Montmartre is a quintessentially French café. Located between two Haussmannian style blocks, this vibrant building appendage serves typically Parisian fare on a daily basis (with the exception of Mondays when the café is, in fact, closed).

Le Petit Moulin of Montmartre, 17 Rue Tholozé, 75018 Paris

This tiny little restaurant, bistro, and bar is located in the shadow of an arrondissement which is best-known for its winding lanes and village vibe. Here in the 18th arrondissement, you don’t have to travel far to find the best of vintage Paris. Instead, traces of this arrondissement’s past can be found around almost every corner.

The bistro’s motto | pour une terre et un consommateur plus sain (for a healthier world and consumer)

From the former Montmartre Windmills turned restaurants to the leafy alleyways behind the basilica, one of the best ways to enjoy the best of Paris of old can be found in visiting traditional bistros. And one of the quirkiest of these is Le Petit Moulin. Inside this minuscule establishment, you’ll find a wine cellar and wine bar serving food from lunchtime onwards.

The café itself seats few people indoors and tables scatter out onto the nearby pavement. The atmosphere is friendly and the vibe laid back. Apart from traditional French cuisine and wine, there are also plenty of charcuterie platters and cheese dishes if you’re looking for a lighter snack in between exploring…

Le Petit Moulin Montmartre: A Traditional French Café & Bistro in the 18e

Other attractions near Le Petit Moulin

Maison de Van Gogh: Surprise! The iconic impressionist artist Van Gogh (you know, the guy who painted ‘The Starry Night’ which now hangs in the Musée d’Orsay) lived in the 18th arrondissement and his former residence can be found in the form of Auberge Ravoux.

Located in the cobbled lanes of Montmartre and home to a blooming cherry blossom tree in the spring, the house museum is open from Wednesday through to Sunday. Today, the final resting place of Van Gogh is located in the Île de France region in Auvers-Sur-Oise.

Villa des Platanes: Although most of this beautiful villa is actually closed to the public, the non-Haussmannian architecture of its façade can still be admired from the roadside. It’s also worth noting that unlike Le Petit Moulin, the Village des Platanes is actually located in the Pigalle area of Paris.

villa des platanes

Cimetière de Montmartre: While other cemeteries in the city are more famous (Père Lachaise is the final resting place of Heloise and Abelard), the Montmartre cemetery is unusual and unique in that part of it is, quite literally, located below the main road!

Moulin Rouge: If you’re looking to see all of the iconic Parisian photo spots while in the French capital, it doesn’t get more touristic than heading to the Moulin Rouge (literally ‘red windmill’) to take that snap. While also technically in the Pigalle area rather than that of Montmartre, the Moulin Rouge is less than a ten-minute walk from Le Petit Moulin.

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Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!

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