Art, cabarets and lots of charm: discover Montmartre and discover what to do in one of the most charming neighborhoods in Paris, France
if Paris is already capable of drawing sighs from its unique atmosphere, it is in the neighborhood of Montmartre, north of the city, that the magic and charm gain even more evidence. Known as the neighborhood of painters, art and cabarets, the place played an important role in Parisian artistic life between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
To get an idea, Montmartre it was frequented by none other than Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Braque, Picasso, Van Gogh, among other renowned artists in the middle of the belle époque. Its narrow streets, staircases and a peculiar charm make the neighborhood one of the most authentic places to visit in Paris. The tourist soon realizes that every corner reveals a surprise, such as movie sets, churches and a pulsating cultural vein preserved to the present day.
In partnership with France among Friends, an agency specialized in receiving Brazilians in Paris, we prepare tips for must-see places to visit in Montmartre. The company performs custom tours through the main tourist attractions in France, in addition to having a modern fleet of cars and drivers who speak Portuguese.
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Attractions to discover in Montmartre – Paris
Basilica of Sacre Coeur
A postcard from Montmartre, the Sacré Coeur Basilica, or Basilica of the Sacré Coeur, stands at the highest point in Paris. Its construction, carried out in travertine marble, began in 1875 and was only completed in 1914. Its imposing facade displays statues of Joan of Arc and King Saint Louis IX and its bell tower, 83 meters high, houses a bell with more of 20 tons, considered one of the heaviest in the world. In addition to the beautiful details of its architecture, the basilica also offers the visitor a beautiful garden for meditation and one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Paris.
Place du Tertre
Considered the heart of Montmartre, Place du Tertre is a square for those who love art and culture. Surrounded by a charming atmosphere, it is here that 140 artists gather in a permanent exhibition and work alternately in small spaces, painting their works in the open air. Very lively, the square also offers charming restaurants with tables scattered along the sidewalks, cafes and bistros.
Dali Museum Paris
Montmartre it houses true gems and one of them is the Dalí Museum, whose collection presents more than 300 works by the emblematic surrealist artist. The permanent collection displays sculptures, prints, objects and furniture that were part of Salvador Dalí's peculiar universe. The museum takes the visitor on a true journey through the artist's colorful and ghostly world, giving the opportunity to come face to face with works such as “Space Elephant” and “Soft Clocks”.
Musée de Montmartre Gardens
The Musée de Montmartre relives a bit the history of the neighborhood, bohemia, cabarets and the important artistic names that lived there between the 19th and 20th centuries. that some of his most famous works were born, such as Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette. The museum's garden was recreated based on the works and canvases that the artist painted while he lived in the space, including the most minute details present in his paintings, as in his painting La Balançoire, which displays a delicate balance.
Montmartre it is also known for hosting the city's famous cabarets. The most famous and oldest in the city is the Moulin Rouge, which opened in 1889 and to this day preserves its iconic facade with a giant red mill that attracts crowds of tourists. Ideal for reliving the belle époque, the house offers a glamorous show where cancan numbers are shown, as well as a dinner with a pompous atmosphere. Boulevard de Clichy, the street where the house is located, displays an environment with several lingerie stores, sex shops and nightclubs, extolling all the fervor of Parisian nightlife.
Can you imagine discovering the same environment that used to be the meeting point for famous writers, poets, painters and actors at the end of the 19th century? Located on Place Émile Goudeau, Bateau-Lavoir is a building where some of the most important artists lived or set up their studios. Built in wood and brick, the space was occupied by talented young people of the time and came to house Pablo Picasso's studio in 1904, in addition to informally gathering other renowned artists. For those who appreciate art and culture, it is an essential point to discover in Montmartre.
Walking through the neighborhood streets
go out walking through streets of Montmartre is to be enchanted at every step, so a tip is: walk a lot there. There are several different places and some even iconic ones scattered around the neighborhood – in addition to those mentioned above – that escape the conventional tourist route.
If you love cinema, you can't miss the Café des Deux Moulins, Amélie's workplace, from the movie “The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain”. It is possible to enter the establishment, take pictures and taste a coffee, or maybe a delicious crème brûlée. As it is a famous spot, prices are usually a little higher compared to other cafes in the region.
For those in love, there is “Le mur des je t'aime”, a wall with the phrase “I love you” written in more than 200 languages. In addition to being an ideal place to make declarations of love, the photos look beautiful. And speaking of photos, Maison Rose is another very charming cafe in the neighborhood, perfect for those very Instagrammable clicks.
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