Stroll in Montmartre : discovery of an emblematic district in Paris

Stroll in Montmartre : discovery of an emblematic district in Paris

March 29th, 2023

Among the different districts of Paris, Montmartre is probably the most charming. With its picturesque village look, it has always been a source of inspiration for all artists, from painting to cinema, from sculpture to music. The Cadet Residence, your apartment hotel in Paris 9, invites you to discover this district, the time of a pretty stroll in Montmartre.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart: the flagship monument of Montmartre

As soon as you take a little height in Paris, either on the Eiffel Tower, or on the Montparnasse Tower, you can observe in the distance the imposing basilica of the Sacred Heart. Installed on the top of the Montmartre hill, it dominates the 18th district of Paris, and subjugates by its beauty. It must be said that this building, built in the 19th century, surprises by its entirely white facade, and its Romanesque-Byzantine style. Inside the place of worship, you can admire the largest mosaic in France (480 m²).

To get to the basilica and enjoy a breathtaking view of Paris from the Sacré-Coeur square, you can take the funicular of Montmartre, on the Place Saint-Pierre, or climb the stairs and lawns of the Square Louise Michel. And for an even more breathtaking view of the capital, you can even climb the dome (300 irregular steps).

A Parisian district with the appearance of a small bucolic village

What surprises tourists when they visit the Montmartre district is the peaceful, almost rural atmosphere. In the heart of Paris, one discovers a district where gardens and spaces are numerous, but where one also finds the only vineyard of Paris intra-muros: the Clos Montmartre. Wine lovers like to go there to celebrate the traditional harvest festival.

This bucolic setting reminds us that less than 200 years ago, the Montmartre hillock was occupied by a dozen mills. You will be able to find 2 of them, still standing: the Moulin de la Galette and the Moulin Radet. But the most famous mill of Montmartre is undoubtedly the Moulin Rouge, this famous showroom which saw the birth of the French Cancan.

A neighborhood that inspires film directors

Montmartre and its romantic setting have always sparked the imagination of creative minds. In the world of cinema, directors have had a field day. From The Crossing of Paris (1956) to The Great Mop (1966), through Midnight in Paris (2011), the scenarios taking place in Montmartre are numerous. But the film that best showcases this neighborhood and its atmosphere is undoubtedly Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain. Between the small grocery stores, the cobbled streets and the small cafés, all the charm of the district is perfectly transcribed through a magical and unusual scenario.

Montmartre, the muse of the greatest artists

For a long time, the district of Montmartre was full of artists’ studios. The Montmartre hillock was indeed the place of residence of many painters, writers, sculptors, photographers… The atmosphere, favorable to the artistic creation, saw then big names settling in the alleys of the district, such as Modigliani, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, or Manet.

To discover this artistic past, go to the Montmartre museum, where you can learn more about these artists’ studios and the history of the neighborhood. And lovers of surrealism can go to 11, rue Poulbot, at the espace Dali Paris.

Even today, artists like to meet in Montmartre, and make the charm of the district. The Halle Saint-Pierre and the Place du Tertre are the high places of artistic meetings.

French gastronomy and romantic terrace

After a stroll through the small cobbled streets of the Butte Montmartre, why not take the time to lounge on the terrace of a typical Parisian bistro, or to taste the good French gastronomy? There is no lack of good addresses in the Montmartre district. Go to the Café des Deux Moulins, made famous by the movie Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, to sip a good glass of wine. And to treat yourself, several addresses are to be remembered: Au Cadet de Gascogne, place du tertre, À la bonne franquette, rue des saules…

Discover the district of Montmartre differently

If you like unusual experiences that are a little off the beaten path, you can easily visit Montmartre in a fun and unexpected way. Of course, the famous little train of Montmartre takes you to the heart of Montmartre for a commented visit of the bohemian district of Paris. But you can also try the experience of visiting Montmartre in a 2CV, and then continue to discover the greatest monuments of the capital. Finally, several organizations also offer to learn about the history of the district through treasure hunts around the leading characters of Montmartre, such as La Goulue, the star of the French Cancan.

La Cadet Résidence : your apartment hotel near Montmartre

Only a 20-minute walk or 15 minutes by public transport from Montmartre, the Cadet Residence is an ideal apartment hotel for a stay with friends or family. Discover the district of the great painters and famous artists in complete serenity, before returning to the comfort of your hotel room.

A fully equipped apartment hotel in Paris 9

In the 9th arrondissement of Paris, Cadet Residence offers a warm and welcoming apartment-hotel concept where independent apartments and studios are available for one or more nights. Everything is fully equipped to ensure you an unforgettable stay in Paris: quality bedding, fully equipped kitchenette, living room with TV, private bathroom, unlimited Wifi Internet…

A residence in the heart of Paris

Ideally located near the most important tourist sites of Paris, and very well served by public transport, the Cadet Residence is the ideal base for visiting Montmartre. Afterwards, nothing prevents you from discovering the other districts of Paris: the Marais, the Bastille, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Latin Quarter, the Butte-aux-Cailles…

Montmartre is the bohemian district of Paris. It has a picturesque atmosphere that has always inspired the greatest artists. Take advantage of your stay at the Cadet Residence apartment hotel to discover the secrets and beauties of Montmartre.

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