In the 18th arrondissement, you will take the funicular to explore the picturesque streets of the Butte Montmartre, the small cul-de-sac and other secret locations that preserve the memory of Old Paris. On the Place du Tertre, only two steps away from the Musée de Montmartre - where you can learn everything there is to know about the famous painters, writers and musicians who lived in the neighbourhood, from Auguste Renoir to Suzanne Valadon, not forgetting Vincent Van Gogh, Émile Bernard and Maurice Utrillo - you can have your portrait painted by one of the various street artists.
Atop the hill, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica contrasts with the surrounding bohemian atmosphere. From its forecourt, you will overlook all of Paris and its region, and a souvenir photo is a must. Do not hesitate venturing to the Musée de la Vie Romantique ("Romantic Life Museum"), located on the other side of the Boulevard Clichy in an hôtel particulier (townhouse) that is invisible from the street – it is one of the most charming in the capital. With its ground floor recreating the lounge of writer George Sand and its first floor dedicated to the former owner of the property, painter Ary Scheffer, and a number of his contemporaries, this peaceful haven will transport you right to the 19th century.
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre
35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre
+33 (0)1 53 41 89 00
Musée de Montmartre
2, rue Cortot
+33 (0)1 49 25 89 39
Musée de la Vie Romantique
16, rue Chaptal
+33 (0)1 55 31 95 67