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Top 5 things to do in Paris' Montmartre

The Paris neighborhood of Montmartre is famous for its bohemian flair, and many of its cultural offerings shape the city. It's a great place to relax and take in some art - what are some places you shouldn't miss?

Sacre Coeur

Paris' most famous basilica was completed in 1914 and shines like a beacon. After you've climbed its white steps, it will give you a breathtaking view across the city!

Dali Museum

This collection of sculptures and paintings is the only permanent Dali exhibition in France. It's really popular though, so get your skip-the-line ticket!

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Moulin Rouge

Not just a movie, Moulin Rouge is a legendary place you can visit - why not book dinner for two with a raunchy show there?

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Wall of Love

Visit the Wall of Love in the Jehan Rictus garden in the world's most romantic city! Made of molten lava, it's covered with the phrase "I love you" in over 300 different languages.

St. Martin Canal

The street life along this canal summarizes the Parisian lifestyle - leisurely strolls and afternoons spent sitting outside at cafés, sampling world-class food.

Our insider tips

Keep an eye on your belongings

Unfortunately, Paris' status as a world-class tourist city means it's also rife with pickpockets. Keep valuables stashed away deep inside a bag - especially on the metro - and don't flash them around at night.

Speak the lingo

While nobody's expecting you to master French before you arrive, learning some basic words here and there will get you places and cause locals to look at you favorably!

Make reservations

If you're keen to dine at a certain restaurant, reserve in advance to avoid disappointment - and remember that the French tend to eat dinner a bit later than Americans, around 7:00PM.

Skip the lines

You don't want to spend your vacation standing around, do you? If you have your sights set on one or two major museums, score yourself a skip-the-line ticket for priority entry.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open hours vary by attraction, so check online when you've decided what you need to see.
  • Is it expensive?
    Prices vary by attraction. You can see a lot without spending much.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It definitely won't hurt!
  • How to get there
    Take line 12 to Abbesses or line 2 to Anvers or Blanche stations. Or try the electric bus, Le Montmartrobus!
  • Additional information

    • Try to visit on a clear day, when the view extends for miles.

    • Be prepared to climb steps, and bring an appetite!

What people are saying about Montmartre

Good route to see lots of the sights in Paris

Very good to have our own headsets which fitted in to give us an English commentary as we proceeded around Paris

Reviewed by Sarah, 12/07/2017

The tour with Fred (tour guide) was exceptional good

We had our Montmarte tour yesterday afternoon, although it was drizzling with rain, so maybe not the best circumstances. However, the tour was amazing and Fred was really passionate about Paris and the Montmartre. We share his passion now! Highly recommendable tour with exceptional history and great stories. Thanks Fred, we enjoyed it very much.

Reviewed by Paul, 11/12/2017

Interesting, fun, and Onno was a great guide.

Our tour started at 6pm on a Friday evening in late October. It was light when we started and dark by the time we arrived at the Sacre Coeur. It was a magical time of day as you start to see the place come alive in the dark. Onno the guide was great, amusing and informative. This tour was definitely a highlight of our short trip to Paris

Reviewed by Carolyn, 10/26/2017

Holly told fantastic stories:great way to see so much more of paris!

We can recommend it to every one! You 'll see places you'll never find on your own. Thanks Holly, we love you!

Reviewed by Mirror, 10/22/2017

Interesting to get so near the monuments

The story in the first bus was not synched but came too late. Also, it was overloaded with uninteresting dates and other details. The part about the Invalides was interesting. The French story followed a sad tradition of reading too fast (like on television). The top floor got very cold and I am now down with flu, but that is hardly your fault.

Reviewed by Kerstin, 10/09/2017

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