If there’s one arrondissement I just can’t seem to get enough of (and neither can any of you judging from Instagram!), it’s the 18e. But then again, wander around Montmartre and you’ll be greeted with cobbled lanes, trailing ivy and cute cafés… So what’s not to love? Here’s my Montmartre photo diary and memories of nostalgia from wandering around the pretty arrondissement…
Le Consulat Café
This cute little café is just a few minutes walk from the Sacré-Coeur and I can never resist snapping it when wandering past its pretty façade… And as one of the oldest cafés in the 18e arrondissement of Paris, it makes for the perfect place to stop and enjoy a coffee with friends!
Le Clos Montmartre
If there’s one spot I could return to again and again when it comes to Montmartre, it’s Le Clos Montmartre. This secret Paris vineyard is tucked away behind the Sacré-Coeur and away from the main touristic spots of the district. Established in the 1930s, this vintage vineyard produces a few dozen bottles of wine on an annual basis, all of which are sold with the profits going back into local community profits.
The Sinking House of Montmartre
The clever illusion of the sinking house of Montmartre is located in the very midst of where you’d least expect. If you head up the final set of stairs leading up to the Sacré-Coeur and look to your right, then you’ll see the set of houses directly in front of you. Tilt your camera slightly and you’ll have created the optical illusion…
If there’s one place I can never resist stopping at, it’s the beautiful square of ‘Place Dalida’. Named after a 20th Century singer, Dalida, who lived in Paris and loved Montmartre, the square sits on the intersection between rue Girardon and rue de l’Abreuvoir, here you’ll find a leafy enclave, peaceful bench and bust of the iconic singer.
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Musée de Montmartre
Nestled between two ivy-clad houses on a cute little-cobbled lane, you’ll find the sweet house museum of Musée de Montmartre. Once home to iconic artist Auguste Renoir, head here to find out all about the history of Montmartre and the many artists that once called the district ‘home’.
Read more: Feeling vintage at Musée de Montmartre.
While most people head to the Parvis de Sacré-Coeur to snap photos of the iconic basilica, this is definitely a mistake! After all, the best views of the shining church can be found in a little-known square known as Square Marcel-Bleustein-Blanchet. Of all the secret spots in this Montmartre photo diary, this small green space is easily the most offbeat Parisian destination. Head here to enjoy a picnic with friends or simply to enjoy some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle away from Montmartre life…