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5 Must-See Sights in Montmartre

When you think of Montmartre, what comes to mind? Is it the grandeur and beauty of the historic Basilica of Sacre-Coeur? Or rather the seductive Moulin Rouge? These places are without a doubt unmissable but today, we want to expose you to some unmissable areas often overlooked.

 

  1. Clos Montmartre

 

When walking the streets of Paris, it’s easy to get lost. We’ve all had that: “wait… what street am I on? Am I going in the right direction?!” moment and especially in the small, hidden streets of the 18ème arrondisment. I like to think of this as part of the hidden charm of this district; so, what is le Clos Montmartre? Well, if you’re really good at getting lost around back streets then you’ve probably already found this place. It is a small, hidden vineyard in the heart of Paris, home to some of the most beautiful flowers in the city and the last standing vine in central Paris. The vine was originally placed where it is now in 1933 by the council trying to prevent property developers from developing on that site. Would you believe that before the stunning vine and flower beds, this 0.15 hectare of land was a children’s playground and dumping ground?

 

Unfortunately, it is not open to the public but you can still admire the vines from above and below and once a year they open the gates to the public (by guided tour only) and the money raised from the ticket sales is put towards funding projects in the 18ème arrondisement.

 

 

2. Moulin de la Galette

 

 

We can all agree that there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about the Moulin Rouge… But what about the Moulin de la Galette? These two windmills date back to when grain was being produced on nearby farms in Montmartre. One of the windmills is now a popular restaurant (worth the visit if you have the time), the other can only be spied through the trees. If you happen to find it, snap a photo and tag us on Instagram: @holidayseuroperentals

 

3. Renoir Gardens

 

 

If you’ve bought your ticket to the Musée de Montmartre (which we absolutely recommend) then take some time to find the little hidden Renoir Gardens. Its the perfect escape from the bustling 18ème arrondissement where you can enjoy a peaceful oasis. We recommend taking a book and spending a quiet sunny afternoon drinking in the beautiful surroundings.

 

4. Place du Tertre

 

You’re bound to stumble across this beautiful square if you are walking up to Montmartre. It’s the hangout spot for the modern-day Picassos, Monets and Cézannes. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir from Paris, here’s where you’ll find it. There are street artists selling one of a kind, hand painted pictures of Paris in her many forms. There are also many artists who will create a vision before your eyes of your choice and even create charcoal portraits! These aren’t the cheapest of souvenirs but they arepriceless.

5. The Bateau-Lavoir

 

The Bateau-Lavoir used to be home to a piano factory but as it was poorly heated, artists would come together to warm one another up. This place has been deemed a “melting pot of Modern Art” as it quickly became home to many artists from around the world using the space to cultivate their creativity. In the heart of Emile Goudeu, the Bateau-Lavoir was home to some of the most famous artists of the 20thcentury such as: Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Sadly, the original interior burned down in a fire in 1970, however, it was quickly rebuilt, so if you get the chance to head over, check out a comparison of the original interior and the new-build.


Brunch in Paris

What better opportunity for brunch than your special weekend away to Paris? When it’s just too early for lunch but you’ve snoozed the alarm a few too many times, brunch is exactly what you need. Here’s a guide to some of our favourite brunch spots in Paris.

Café Mericourt

11ème arrondissement

 

Price: €€€€

This modern and minimalist brunch spot is kitted out with cacti and hanging wicker lights which makes us feel immediately comfortable and welcomed. The menu consists of staple brunch items such as a breakfast roll (fried egg, bacon and chili jam) and pancakes (honey and lemon ricotta with maple cream, pears, grapefruit, raisins and pumpkin seeds), however, their famous shakshuka is not to be missed (tomatoes, red peppers, onions, spices and harissa). With amazing coffee and a chilled vibe, €20 is the best value for money.

22 rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011

Metro: Oberkamf

Monday to Sunday: 9am – 6pm

La Chambre aux Oiseaux

10ème arrondissement

 

Price: €€€€

Plush armchairs, vintage-style porcelain and a touch of green give this brunch spot a “right at home” feel. €21 will get you: a choice of toasted bread with homemade or artisanal jams and butter, fresh juice and a hot drink, plus a seasonal salad with cheese, a perfectly cooked egg and a dessert. This brunch spot will quickly become a favourite for your trips to Paris.

48 rue Bichat, 75010

Metro: Colonel Fabien / Gare de l’Est

Monday to Sunday: 10am – 6:30pm

 

La Régalade Saint-Honoré

1ére arrondissement

 

Price: €€€

Bruno Doucet challenges what we would consider the typical brunch and has created more of a traditional lunch with a starters, main course and dessert menu for €35. The bar’s buffet of starters includes: mushroom and nut terrine, celery remoulade, crab with herbs, cooked whelks with homemade mayonnaise, leeks in a mustard vinaigrette and pesto-marinated scallops. Piling your plate high with these delicious starters may make it difficult to make room for the main plate but we recommend soldiering on and making it through to the dessert buffet which consists of: caramel rice pudding (La Régalade’s special), homemade madeleines, an array of cheeses, chocolate mousse, apple tart and red plum crumble. This delicious spread will leave you full to the brim but desperate to return.

106 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001

Metro: Les Halles / Louvre – Rivoli

Brunch every Sunday: 12:15pm – 2:30pm

 

Brasserie Thomieux

7ème arrondissement

 

Price: €€€

When you think of a typical Parisian brasserie; its Brasserie Thomieux that comes to mind. Its deep red banquettes, walls of mirrors and wooden floors prove that this brasserie combines luxury and brunch in an elegant and tempting way. With Sylvestre Wahid running the show, we know we’re in for the brunch of a lifetime. For €49, we can indulge in a plethora of perfect pain au chocolats and croissants, smoked salmon, ham all accompanied by an assemblage of butters, jams and cheeses. If this wasn’t enough to fill you up, the menu includes fresh juice, a hot drink, eggs made as either: eggs benedict, an omelette or poached eggs in bourguignon sauce and a fruit salad. It is clear that Wahid takes brunch as seriously as we do so why not spoil yourself and eat like a King for the day!

79 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007

Metro: La Tour-Malbourg / Varenne

Monday to Friday: 12pm – 2am
Saturday: 7pm – 2am

 

Le brunch du Royal Monceau

8ème arrondissement

 

Price: €€€

If you’re looking for a Michelin-starred brunch buffet then look no further! At first glance, it’s the Philippe Starck interior design that we first notice; elegant and modern. Your eyes will promptly shift to the enourmous, enticing brunch buffet. You’ll first be offered fresh juices, hot drinks and mineral water throughout your brunch experience. Be sure to take advantage of the vast array of Pierre Hermé viennoiseries like their famous Ispahan croissant, vanilla cake, gugelhupf kouign amann, fresh crepes and waffles, organic yogurts, a selection of bread and baguettes from Eric Kayser. Continuing on this culinary journey, we tackle the savoury foods: organic eggs, salads, fresh, Italian pasta, Lebanese dishes (cold mezze), Scottish salmon, ceviches, oysters, sushi,  sashimi, charcuterie, cheese, hot dishes from the chef (burgers, the legendary club sandwich, dauphinois potatoes, sautéed potatoes and much more if you can believe it! Finally, delve into Pierre Hermé’s wonderful dessert buffet, each as delicious and inviting as another.

37 avenue Hoche, 75008

Metro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile

Saturday: 12:30pm – 3:30pm (€98 or €147 with champagne)
Sunday: 12pm – 3:30pm (€139 or €188 with champagne)