If you’ve been to Paris before, you might not want to see the Eiffel Tower every time you return. This visit, I chose to stay in Montmartre. In just two days I got a taste of the town. And I loved it!
I confess, I’ve been to Montmartre before. A night at the Moulin Rouge was high on the “must do” list when I was a twenty-something in Paris for the first time with college friends. In the 60s it was pretty raunchy. I stood in the line and walked through the Sacré Coeur Cathedral many years later.
So what do you do in Montmartre if you’ve been to the Moulin Rouge and Sacré Coeur? Plenty!
#1 Cooking Class
Go to a cooking class at Cook’n with Class Paris. If it’s a Sunday, all the better. The Sunday Market Class includes shopping at the city market. Then you go back to the school to prepare a sumptuous meal with all the fresh ingredients. Read all about the fun experience — click here.
#2 Enjoy the Scenery
Even on a cloudy day, Montmartre is charming. Check out the patisseries and cafes along the way.
Who knows who you’ll run into? My good buddy and mentor, Silver Wainhouse, lives near me in Uzes and she was in town for the day.
#3 Eat the food
Take your time to find just the right spot to have lunch or a snack. I mean, is there anything quite as good as French Onion Soup — in France? Pair that with a glass of your favorite wine and you’re just about in heaven.
One day, wandering around near Pigalle, what should appear? Le Chat Noir. Right out of a Toulouse Lautrec poster.
I expected Picasso or Toulouse to walk in any moment. Surely they would enjoy the cafe’s Paysanne salad — filled with duck magret and gizzards. I did!
#4 Climb the hill to Sacrè Couer
Go ahead. Even if you’ve been to the Sacrè Couer, do it again. The views are spectacular. Yes, it’s quite a hike to the top, but there’s a lift and a small train that can take you up. If you’re around on a weekend, plan to have a coffee and croissant while sitting at a cafe near where the artists hang out. You might even snag a painting at a good price. It’s what memories are made of.
Imagine yourself here…
#5 Visit Musée de Montmartre
If you want to take a trip through Montmartre’s past — to actually see where artists, writers and sculptors such as Renoir, Émile Bernard, Suzanne Valadon, Pierre Reverdy and Demetrius Galanis actually lived and worked, visit the Musée de Montmartre. It’s tucked away on a side street at the top of Montmartre and it’s worth the stop.
Would I stay in Montmartre again? Absolutely!
I don’t always “plug” a place that I stay when I’m traveling, but I have to give a big shout out to Le Grey Hotel. The boutique hotel is so convenient to everything I wanted to see and do on my short stay. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfast is fresh, tasty and served late into the morning. And there is a bar and sitting room that’s cozy and inviting.
Next stop: Living Like A Royal!