Hello again my darlings and welcome to another series of "Postcards from Paris" ! I have now officially been living in Paris for one month! Can you believe that? I certainly believe the occasion is deserving of a postcard to you ! With that being said, today, I'll be delighted to feature the charming district of Montmartre, located on a hill in the north of Paris.
Montmartre is for sure one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Paris. It has got the history, the art, the food and the charm that we all look for when visiting the French capital. To me, Montmartre is one of those neighbourhoods that feels authentic and truly Parisian. It is a place where you will see plenty of traditional bistros, bakeries, local Parisians strolling around and not a Starbucks in sight.
It is a place that has never failed to make me fall in love with Paris all over again regardless of how many times I visit!
Let's take a stroll now, shall we?
Montmartre is all about endless beauty. No wonder it was where many of the most famous artists such as Renoir, Degas, Picasso and Cézanne lived in or had studios in this area.
First on my tour I thought I'd take you along Rue de l’Abreuvoir, one of the prettiest and most scenic streets in France. I always felt that walking down this cobblestone street was as if reality just stopped and you are transported into a fairytale of the 1800's. Almost feeling like Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
Be sure you'll be getting loads for "Bonjours" along the way!
Along this street is a building I know you certainly will recognise! Being "La Maison Rose", a cute pink restaurant located in the top corner of this street, perhaps being the most photographed building in Montmartre, after the Sacré Cœur.
Montmartre was actually not a part of Paris until 1860, which is why I find has a different aura to it than the rest of the city, as it developed on its own having been secluded on the hilltop. As I mentioned earlier, this has always been a spot known to house the crème de la crème of artist, even until today. On every corner you will spot beautiful works of art and local crafts!
The area has also become known for having some of the most fantastic Boulangeries.
I suggest you visit Le Grenier a Pain whilst you're here! This bakery is well known around the streets of Montmartre as it is one of the only ones to have ever won best croissant and best baguette in Paris on two separate occasions. This occurred back in 2010 and 2015.
Whilst making my way up the hill, and closer to the famous Sacre Coeur, I decided to have a break for lunch at one of the local terraces with the most enchanting view. Anything cheesy in Paris is bound to be good. I mean that both literally and figuratively.
You turn the street from this point and you'll have arrived to the basilica. Immediately you will be mesmerised by the panoramic view of Paris. I wasn't able to capture it as it was a bit cloudy. So I suppose you'll just have to come over and see it yourself!
You can go down the hill by taking the steps or take the Funiculaire, as you probably will have become tired from climbing all the steps in Montmartre.
When you get down, you'll get an astonishing view of the hill along with this fairytale like carrousel!
Thank you for tagging along with me on my little tour around one the most charming areas of Paris.
Stay tuned as I'll be sharing loads more of beautiful Paris through this series!
Wish you where here,