The hilltop neighborhood of Montmartre, Paris, is one of the city’s most popular tourist spots. But not too long ago it was synonymous with drinking, dancing and debauchery. In the mid-19th century it was just outside Paris’ city limits so was free of the city’s taxes and controls and evolved into a bohemian, artistic enclave.
The artists you’ll see now are more likely to be caricaturists and painters capturing tourists in the Place du Theatre than Impressionists drinking absinthe in their atelier. But the area still trades on its arty, edgy reputation, and this self-guided Montmartre walking tour takes you through its historic and artistic highlights.
Street art, sculptures, and mosaics can be found in abundance across the French capital, and nowhere is this quite more apparent than in the 18th arrondissement. One of the very best reasons to visit Montmartre is to enjoy all of the amazing art dotted around the neighborhood. As you walk in Montmartre, you will quickly understand how it has inspired so many artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh. As you walk up the hill, you need to look at the buildings, the walls, every corner. Because in Montmartre, you are likely to find many surprises all through the walk. There you can also taste the most amazing traditional French food, the most delicious pastries, the best cheeses paired with an award-winning baguette, and many other treats along the way.
A walk in Montmartre is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s a walk you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. This area is the most romantic and awesome place you’ll find in Paris. To visit Montmartre will positively inspire you and wake the artist in you up.