Without a doubt visiting Paris, whether for a few days or longer, can be quite overwhelming. There is so much to see, do and eat – well, it could take a lifetime! Luckily, as a born and bred Parisian, I have gathered a few of my top favorite spots to do all three of these activities in one of Paris’ most touristic, breathtaking and cultural areas: Montmartre!
Located in the north of Paris, close to the famous Pigalle, Montmartre is known as the “artists’ district”, where Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse among many others took inspiration for their work. It’s truly a sight!
First on our tour there is the popular instagram-spot ‘Le Consulat‘: a typical french café and bistro, minutes away from le Sacré-Coeur serving typical French cuisine and a frequent spot for artists of the 19th century.
Just behind The Consulat is a quaint street with the view of the Sacré-Coeur in the distance. In the case that you didn’t feel like walking to the monument from there, this road is perfect for some calm scenic shots!
A short walk away, you will run into a small square, full of artists creating paintings and caricatures of people, crêperies and coffee shops, where you can buy art on the street or enjoy some delicious food. Although I love wandering around this spot, the prices are definitely on the higher side and it is very touristic – but nonetheless a must-see when in Montmartre!
Lastly, the road leading on from this artist square brings us to the Sacré-Coeur and the stunning views of Paris over the hill in the opposite direction. It’s a beautiful sight, especially when the sun is setting and the golden light hits the city.
On our walk back, we came across the cutest street full of floral vines on a house, a mirror on the wall, and the iconic La Maison Rose. We shot some incredible photos around the area, and this is where our Montmartre trip ended!
I hope you enjoyed my first Paris Guide – let me know if there are any other areas you would like me to write a blog post on!
Lots of love,
Photography by Maria PARASKEVOPOULOU