What is called Montmartre is actually almost a little village in the very heart of Paris, perched on a hill, with two sides, and different neighborhoods. If the area is always crowded with tourists, it is also full of secrets known only to the locals. Here is a plan for your day in Les Abbesses village.
Start your day by exploring two of Paris’ most precious museums. Le Musée Gustave Moreau, set in what used to be the Symbolist painter’s house and atelier, displays souvenirs he has gathered through his life, many drawings, and paintings, such as the masterpice Jupiter et Sémélé. The famous Musée de la vie romantique, devoted to Georges Sand and mementos of the Romantic Era, is an oasis of calm. The garden is the perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee, or even a quick lunch.
Then head up to the butte. On your way, grab a juice at JuiceLab (84 rue des martyrs); it will give you the energy you need to explore the surroundings. If you’re in for a little shopping, many vintage shops await you there, such as the famous ChineMachine, an « oasis of cool garnments ». Explore the streets from rue Lepic to rue Gabrielle, get lost in the stairs, going up and down and on again. Stop by la Librairie Anima, a great old fashioned library, and go read your newly acquired book on a bench in the sun at the Square Jean Rictus.
When the night falls on the hill it’s time to go for drinks at La Fourmi, the perfect spot for apéro beer. For dinner ? May we suggest L’écaillier, the very chic bistrot where you can enjoy amazing seafood. Then head to Chez Camille, the cool kids’ hideout and let the Montmartre night lead you where it wants.