19 Nov The Most Instagrammable Places in Montmartre
Montmartre is a lovely district of Paris perched on the top of a hill in the 18th arrondissement. This neighborhood looks like a village within the capital city. It’s one of the most charming areas of Paris and it’s full of photogenic corners! I am sharing with you here all my local tips about this neighborhood: the Most Instagrammable Places in Montmartre, how to get there, some places to eat and where to stay.
Montmartre actually used to be a village and got annexed to Paris only in 1860. In the 19th and 20th century many artists used to live and work here, because the rents where low and the ambiance was convivial. Painters like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Maurice Utrillo, Raoul Dufy, Pablo Picasso or Amedeo Modigliani, and composers and other artists like Erik Satie, Josephine Baker, Le Corbusier or Django Reinhardt enjoyed this unique area.
The best way to discover Montmartre is to get lost in the streets, and to walk up and down the numerous stairs in the area. You will see that it’s very easy to get to one spot to another. So, without any further ado, follow me in the streets of Montmartre and discover the Most Instagrammable Places in Montmartre!
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La Maison Rose is one of the most iconic spots of Montmartre and one of the prettiest cafes in Paris! This cute restaurant with pink walls and green shutters will seduce you for sure! The facades of the villa surrounding it are covered with ivy. It’s absolutely charming and providing a nice change of colors throughout the seasons! That’s why it’s one of the most instagrammable places in Montmartre.
This pink house was built in the 1850’s and it used to be frequented by many painters. One of the paintings of Maurice Utrillo “La Petite Maison Rose” made it world famous in 1900!
My secret tip: I recommend taking pictures here early morning if you want to pose in front of it. The lady owning the restaurant do not appreciate people taking photos and might not be very kind to you if she catches you doing it! Many of my friends got yelled at…
Location: La Maison Rose
The Sacré-Coeur is a stunning basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the Sacré-Coeur is in fact the highest point in Paris and you can see it from afar!
Its architecture is quite unique, with white stones and mixing Ancient Roman architecture and Byzantine architecture! It was built between 1875 and 1914.
It’s the second most visited monument in Paris after Notre-Dame.
My secret tip: You can capture it from many angles, it will always look stunning! For sure it’s one of the best places to take photos in Montmartre!
Square Louise Michel
The Square Louise Michel is a green garden located right in front of the Sacré-Coeur. Here a double staircase with 222 steps leads directly to the basilica. From here you not only have a nice perspective of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. But you also have a fabulous view over Paris: one of the most instagrammable places in Montmartre!
My secret tip: If you do not want to climb the steep stairs, you can use one of the gently sloping paths running alongside the gardens. Anyway it’s still quite exhausting to go up!
Address: Square Louise Michel
On Place St Pierre, the square in front of the Square Louise Michel, you will find a cute vintage carousel! You can take a picture of it with the Sacré-Coeur in the background! It’s really photogenic and that’s why it has to be part of the most instagrammable places in Montmartre!
My secret tip: you can access the carousel and the square Louise Michel only from 8:00 to 21:30 in the week and 9:00 to 21:30 in the weekend.
Address: Place Saint-Pierre
Le Consulat is a typical French bistro located in rue Norvins, one of the busiest streets of Montmartre. Its traditional façade is very recognizable and quite picturesque. Therefore, this place is quite popular and one of the best photo spots in Montmartre! And it’s part of the most iconic cafes in Paris!
My secret tip: If you want to take a photo without too much crowd or get a table at the terrace it’s better to come in the morning during the week.
Location: Le Consulat
La Bonne Franquette
La Bonne Franquette is located right next door to le Consulat. With its beautiful green façade and its vintage style illustrations, it’s one of the prettiest restaurants in Paris and in Montmartre! It was built in the 16th century and famous artists (Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Monet, Zola, and more) used to visit it at the end of the 19th century.
My secret tip: come here in the morning at the opening during the week to take a photo without too much crowd or get a table at the terrace.
Location: La Bonne Franquette
Metro Station Lamarck-Caulaincourt
The Metro station Lamarck-Caulaincourt is one of the best metro stations to access Montmartre. It’s quite famous amongst photographers because of the two staircases ascending the hill of Montmartre surrounding the entry. In fact the top of the staircase offers a unique perspective! I also love the vintage metro sign and lamp post in front of the entry: all good reasons why this is one of the most instagrammable places in Montmartre!
My secret tip: the platforms of the metro are 25 meters (82 ft) below the entrance. You can reach the exit by lift or by a spiral staircase. As there are 92 steps to climb, I highly recommend taking the lift!
Address: Metro Station Lamarck-Caulaincourt
In front of the metro station Lamarck-Caulaincourt there is a traditional French restaurant named le Refuge. This typical bistro with a red façade and a terrace looks very Parisian. And it makes a great photo spot in Montmartre!
My secret tip: come here in the morning if you do not want to have too many people sitting at the terrace.
Location: Le Refuge
Rue de l’Abreuvoir
Rue de l’Abreuvoir is one of the prettiest streets of Montmartre, hence one of the most instagrammable places! This is the street where you can find the famous Maison Rose restaurant. But it’s also bordered with other beautiful houses! You will find it very charming for sure: this is the kind of place that can make you forget that you are in Paris!
If you like TV series, you may recognize it from Emily in Paris as it’s one of the filming locations in Season 1!
My secret tip: come here in fall, as many houses are covered with ivy the colors are fantastic!
Address: Rue de l’Abreuvoir
Metro Station Abbesses
The Metro station Abbesses is one of the most picturesque Metro station in Paris! You will find it on the Metro Line 12 in the square Place des Abbesses in the heart of Montmartre.
It is the deepest station in the Paris Métro, at 36 metres (118 feet) below the ground! This glass-covered “dragonfly” entrance was designed by Hector Guimard. This is what makes it so unique and one of the best photo spots in Montmartre (and in Paris)! There are not many left like this in Paris. The Abbesses station was opened on January 1913, 108 years ago.
My secret tip: you will have to be patient to get a photo here without anyone going in and out of the metro station. Avoid weekends and rush hour (when people go to work in the morning or come back home at the end of the afternoon).
The Ivy House
What I call the “Ivy House” is the house located at the crossroads of Rue de l’Abreuvoir and Rue des Saules in Montmartre. It’s right close by the famous restaurant La Maison Rose. Because its façade is covered with ivy, it’s one of the prettiest houses of Paris! As a result this is one of the best photo spots in Montmartre. But this is a private property, so of course respect the inhabitants.
My secret tip: it’s even more photogenic during fall season!
Address: Ivy House
The Blue Door House
Not far from the Maison Rose Restaurant you will find a lovely house with blue doors and a façade covered with ivy! It’s a less famous spot but it’s really pretty! Nevertheless it’s a private property, so of course respect the inhabitants.
My secret tip: it’s even more photogenic during fall season!
Location: Blue Door House
Au Lapin Agile
Au Lapin Agile (the Nimble Rabbit) is the oldest bar-cabaret in Montmartre! It already existed in 1860 when Montmartre became part of Paris. And in the early 20th century, the Lapin Agile became a favorite spot for struggling artists and writers, including Picasso, Modigliani, Apollinaire, and Utrillo! Actually Pablo Picasso’s 1905 oil painting, Au Lapin Agile (“At the Lapin Agile”) helped to make this cabaret world-famous!
My secret tip: You can see some music and poetry shows there, make sure to book in advance.
Location: Cabaret Au Lapin Agile
The Ivy Wall
If you wander around Montmartre in autumn, you shouldn’t miss this beautiful wall. Covered with ivy, it takes the most incredible colors in fall season and has become very iconic! This is the Parisian wall captured the most in fall in Paris and one of the most instagrammable places in Montmartre at this time of the year!
My secret tip: Depending on the moment you go there you will see it from green to red, passing by yellow and orange: a nice fall rainbow!
Location: Ivy Wall
Because Montmartre is located on a hill, there are a lot of staircases in the area! Although they are not the easiest to walk up (or down), they are very picturesque and offer great photo spots in Montmartre! In total there are 38 staircases surrounding the hill. They are really part of the charm of Montmartre.
My secret tip: one of the best moments to take photos in the stairs is at sunrise.
- Some stairs are located on the right side of the Sacre Coeur, check rue Maurice Utrillo on Google map.
- And there are other ones behind the Sacré-Coeur close to the Parc Marcel Bleustein Blanchet.
- Additionally you will find the rest of them by walking around the hill in Montmartre.
The Sinking House
What we call the Sinking House is in fact the coolest optical illusion of Paris! This house is located right next to the Sacré-Coeur. Check the band of grass on your right-hand side when you walk up the final steps to get to the basilica: the building will be right in front of you!
My secret tip: to get the sinking effect, tilt your picture to the left to have the band of grass at the horizontal level! This cool trick is the reason why it’s one of the most instagrammable places in Montmartre.
Location: The Sinking House (this is the address of the building but the best spot to take the photo is explained above).
Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet
The little park Marcel Bleustein Blanchet is located right behind the Sacré-Coeur and offers a very nice perspective of the basilica. You will find there a shady arbor with benches. You will love the scenic views of the Sacré-Coeur from here, the reason why it’s one of the most instagrammable places in Montmartre!
My secret tip: the arbor is covered with wisteria and take the prettiest colors in spring and in fall!
Location: Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet
Rue du Chevalier de la Barre
Rue du Chevalier de la barre is a street leading to the Sacré-Cœur. Because of its ideal location it offers a very nice perspective of the basilica! Therefore it’s a great photo spot in Montmartre.
My secret tip: this street is quite touristy so better to go there early in the morning if you want to have it to yourself.
Location: Rue du Chevalier de la Barre
Le Mur des Je t’Aime
Le Mur des Je t’Aime, Wall of Love in English, is one of the most romantic places in Paris! This 40m² wall made of 612 squares of enamelled lava, features “I love you” (“je t’aime” in French) 311 times in no less than 250 languages!
My secret tip: le Mur des Je t’Aime is quite touristy so it’s more crowded during the week-end and the holidays.
Location: Mur des Je t’Aime
Le Vrai Paris
Le Vrai Paris is a charming cafe near the metro station Abbesses and le Mur des Je t’Aime. With its vintage style and its floral decor on top of the facade, it’s one of the cutest cafes in Paris and one of the best places to see in Montmartre!
My secret tip: come in the morning on a weekday, it’s easier to get a table on the terrace!
Location: Le Vrai Paris
Le Moulin de la Galette
Le Moulin de la Galette is a surprising restaurant located inside an ancient windmill! It’s super original and therefore it’s one of the most iconic restaurants in Paris and one of the places you should see in Montmartre! They serve typical French dishes here so you can eat there if you want to try French gastronomy.
My secret tip: if you want to capture the windmill it’s quite easy at any time of the day as the street is rather quiet.
Location: Le Moulin de la Galette
The Vintage Photo Booth
There is a vintage photo booth in Montmartre! This is one of the coolest ways to create memories in Paris! If you want to have fun and get your own series of black and white pictures, you know where to go!
My secret tip: it costs 3 euros for a series of 4 photos and you have to wait 4 minutes to get them!
The Chambers of Secrets
Did you know the entrance of the Chambers of Secrets was in Montmartre? If you are a fan of Harry Potter you will for sure want to have a look for this mural! It was created by the street art agency WYVI (Urban Culture Agency) in 2020. And it will for sure become one of the most instagrammable places in Montmartre!
My secret tip: the mural is on the left wall close to entrance of the Hotel Becquerel in the step street.
Location: The Chambers of Secrets
How to get to Montmartre
Here are the different metro stations to reach Montmartre:
- Lamarck-Caulaincourt: metro line 12
- Abbesses: metro line 12
- Pigalle: metro line 2 and 12
- Anvers: metro line 2
- Chateau Rouge: metro line 4.
You can also come with a taxi or Uber. But if you are driving a car you might have some difficulties to park, as there are not so many parking spots available.
Best places to stay in Montmartre
Here are some suggestions for the best places to stay in Montmartre! I can only recommend to stay in Montmartre during a trip to Paris: this area is quiet and also full of charm!
Hôtel Monsieur Aristide: this 4-star hotel located near metro station Abbesses features a pretty garden and nicely decorated room. You can get great cocktails at the bar of the hotel!
Le Relais Montmartre: this 4-star hotel is cozy and homy. You will find it in a quiet street at only 3 min walk from the Moulin Rouge.
Hotel des Arts Montmartre: another 4-star hotel located close to Abbesses metro station. It’s modern with a lot of character.
Aparthotel Adagio Paris Montmartre: if you prefer to stay in an apartment, check out these modern and fully equipped apartments. They have an ideal location close to Place St Pierre and the Sacré-Coeur.
Caulaincourt Montmartre by Hiphophostels: if you are on a budget, have a look at this hostel. It offers cute single and double rooms for good value for money. They also have dorms if you want to spend even less. It’s close to the metro station Lamarck-Caulaincourt.
I hope you will enjoy strolling in these pretty streets to chase the Most Instagrammable Places in Montmartre! What is your favorite one?
Do not hesitate to ask me if you have any questions!
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