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Place du Tertre

Montmartre… One of Paris’ most charming and iconic neighbourhoods. Parisians, on the other hand, have mixed feelings about this highly touristy district. Among its many hidden gems, place du Tertre and its surroundings offer a wide array of idle strolls, fun activities and unavoidable sights.

Dating back to the 14th century, this square was the center of the former commune of Montmartre. At the forefront of major events of Paris’ history, place du Tertre is where Montmartre abbesses raised their sinister pitchforks. It’s also where, at the end of the 19th century, part of the 171 cannons were stockpiled after the Paris siege. On March 18, 1871, an attempt to remove them sparked widespread riots, heralding the Paris Commune.

10 am – Coffee and croissants to get started

Café Montmartre

Don’t even think about starting your day without a good breakfast. A coffee and a couple of croissants is the ideal way to prepare for what awaits you. You’re in luck, we’ve got just the place: head to the Norvins streets and the Café Montmartre, a laid-back joint filled with nostalgia, and the ideal setting for a contemplative morning mood. Its front window is, in itself, an impressive token of Montmartre’s rich history.

Café Montmartre – 9 rue Norvins, 75018 Paris
Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (line 12)
Open every day (8.30 am – 7.30 pm)
01 53 41 66 32

11.30 am – A religious stroll in Montmartre’s heights

Paroisse Saint-Pierre de Montmartre

One could, of course, opt for the Sacré-Cœur. However, concealed in the shadows of Montmartre’s impressive basilica, many other architectural gems are just waiting to be discovered. Consecrated in 1147, the Sainte-Pierre de Montmartre parish is one of the city’s oldest churches and a wonderful token of gothic architecture. When exiting, you can also have a walk in the Calvaire cemetery.

Paroisse Saint-Pierre de Montmartre – 2 Rue du Mont Cenis, 75018 Paris

2 pm – A lunch with a view

Chez Plumeau

After such a busy morning, one only aspires to eat and rest. Rather than sitting down in any random restaurant, Chez Plumeau will give you an authentic sense of the neighbourhood’s life. Depending on the weather, you can sunbathe on the terrace and admire the wisteria-made roof. It’s the perfect place to try traditional French cuisine, sometimes revisited in a more original fashion. Several times a month, concerts are also organized there.

Chez Plumeau - 4 Place du Calvaire, 75018 Paris
Open every day (11 am – midnight)
01 46 06 26 29

4.30 pm – Getting your portrait done

Les peintres de la place du Tertre

Famous all over the world, the main square of the former village of Montmartre is the perfect place for an idle walk. Historically, place du Tertre was the heartland of the neighbourhood’s Bohemian lifestyle, the meeting-place for painters, singers and poets of all sorts. Today, artists continue to work alongside tourists on the square’s median strip, a “carré aux artistes” divided into 149 spaces of 1m² each. Despite the endless flow of visitors, you’ll always be able to get your portrait done in a heartbeat.

6 pm – Reuniting with one of the greatest artists of the 20th century

Espace Dali

Since the dawn of time, Montmartre has attracted countless artists. Therefore, nothing surprising in the fact the neighbourhood has decided to pay homage to one of the greatest painters of the 20th century: Salvador Dali. With over 300 works, the Espace Dali mainly comprises sculptures and engravings of the Spanish artist. An absolute must-see art collection.

Espace Dali – 11 Rue Poulbot, 75018 Paris
Metro: Abbesses (line 12)
Open every day (10 am – 6 pm)
01 42 64 40 10

9 pm – Dining in one of Montmartre’s iconic restaurants

La Mère Catherine

Spending a day around place du Tertre without stopping at La Mère Catherine is a grave faux-pas. Founded in 1793, the restaurant is hailed as “the oldest bistro in Paris”. Whether it is the 1814 Paris battle, the end of Napoleon’s empire or the Paris Commune, it’s safe to say this establishment is strongly associated with the city’s history. Many famous clients dined there, including Danton and his followers during the French Revolution. Rumour has it the word “bistro” was even invented there…

À la Mère Catherine – 6 Place du Tertre, 75018 Paris
Metro: Abbesses (line 12)
Open every day (11 am – midnight)
01 46 06 32 69

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