The backstreets of Montmartre. One only needs to drift away from the throngs of tourists at the top of the hill to find some really charming areas. The small and winding back streets are perfect for strolling any time of day, but I think the evening is particularly atmospheric!
That some tourists only come in masses and head straight for the Moulin Rouge or Sacré-Coeur and not visit other parts of the neighborhood which are literary paces away from these overcrowded sites. The district has much more to offer!
The views. There are a few other former villages within the current Paris city limits, like Charonne, Buttes-aux-Cailles, Les Batignolles, or Passy, however, few other places in the city can boast the stunning views that can be admired from Montmartre. Always be on the lookout!
SyLon de MontMartre. This newish café is tucked away on a side street just south of rue des Abbesses so it’s more for locals in the know. It has a modern decor, however, a warm and cozy feel thanks to colorful cushions made of exotic prints and great coffee.
If you’re looking to soak up the neighborhood ambiance, then nothing beats the terrace of Au Petit Montmartre. The only café right on Place des Abbesses, you can order un verre de vin or pinte de bierre and watch the local Montmartois come and go.
Le Village. It’s small and most people can be found on the terrace, it’s perfect for a coffee in the morning or great value apéro at the end of the afternoon. It is a very popular tourist spot!
Coquelicot. It’s hard to beat the breakfast and quality at this great neighborhood bakery. They also have an excellent array of “formule” options to suit all levels of hunger, from un grand bol de café with a croissant to a decadent cheesy omelette with pommes sautées.
Bossue. On the end of rue des Abbesses when it becomes rue Joseph de Maistre is this fabulous modern café. They serve some great creative light lunch options and have a wonderful selection of pastries.
Ma Biche. Being located off the main drag of rue des Abbesses has helped this restaurant maintain its local character. It has a simple typical bistro decor and serves regularly changing dishes using seasonal, excellent quality ingredients personally sourced from producers.
Villa Léandre. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this picturesque “villa” street located off of Avenue Junot. The pedestrian lane is bordered by charming 2-3 story houses built in the 1920s, each different from the next. Look out for the small details, like windmills on the fences, some ceramic birds, and a nod towards our British friends at #10.
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