Late-Night Stroll Through the Montmarte

Montmarte

Though some may argue that it doesn’t retain the same charm it used to, the Montmarte district of Paris remains to this day a very special place. The neighborhood is a showcase of all the things that make Paris such a charming, beautiful, and lively place. Quiet, narrow, winding, cobblestone streets lead the way up the Montmarte hill, lined with terrace cafés, restaurants, bars, cabarets, and former brothels (though the prostitution remains). Oh, and it’s absolutely beautiful. In other words, it’s an artist’s paradise, or so thought artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso, all of whom at some point lived and/or worked in the Montmarte. It’s easy to see why so many artists were drawn to the neighborhood; the sights, the sounds, and the overall bohemian culture and atmosphere are unlike anything else. Though that exact vibe is no longer present, you can still get a good feel for it, especially at night; when the sun goes down, so do the tourists traps. To top it off (literally), at the peak of the hill stands the Sacré-Cœur, another beautiful, iconic Paris landmark. From there, you will get the absolute best view of Paris, rivaled only by the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Montmarte

Lapin Agile

Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) cabaret. To make a living, Picasso used to paint for the owner in exchange for meals.

Montmarte

Bohemian Cat

Bohemian cat

Montmarte

View from the hill

Moulin Rouge

At the bottom of the hill is the famous Moulin Rouge

Sacré-Cœur

And at the top, La Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur

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