The Sacré-Coeur Basilica and Montmartre | Paris heights

Head for the heights and discover Paris from the top of the Montmartre hill. The highest point in the French capital, this 130.53 metre hill is famous for its Basilica (Sacré-Coeur) and for its eclectic personality. An area of workers and rag-and-bone men in the 19th century, a haunt of artists of every kind from Van Gogh to Pissaro and today an area of a thousand faces that brings together a large Africain and Asian community. The “salad bowl” by Paris…

The morning

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Van Gogh, Pissaro and Picasso, not forgetting Toulouse-Lautrec all lived here: the Montmartre district was for a long time the haunt of French and international artists. Indeed it still teems with artists of all kinds. Start at the Halle Saint-Pierre, a former market that has been reconverted into a museum and gallery. Go past the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur before getting your portrait painted on Place du Tertre, a veritable open-air gallery. Just next to here is the Espace Dali with its 300 phantasmagorical works in the image of the Spanish artist.
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Pass by the Moulin de la Galette windmill before admiring the vines and the October harvest. Even if you don’t get to join in the harvest, at the sight of the vines you will forget that you are in Paris just for a moment.

Lunchtime

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The French brasserie La Mascotte is a genuine institution! Cold meats from Cantal, Aubrac beef, meat pasties with morel mushrooms, oysters and seafood, bouillabaisse...In short, there is no shortage of choice and it’s all good.
If the sun gets involved, you might prefer l’Eté en Pente en Douce with its colourful terrace and typically southern sunshine dishes. You can almost hear the cicadas singing.

The afternoon

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7 hectares and 14 covered or open-air markets like Antica, Biron, Cambo, Dauphine, Django Reinhardt, Jules Vallès, Malik or L’Usine & Lécuyer and Vernaison – it has to be the Saint-Ouen Flea Market! Definitely not to be missed.
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Now pay a visit to the Chappe gallery, the highest in Paris. As you wander back down, an array of equally atypical shops awaits you in the area, shops like Atypyk and PA Design which take everyday objects and play around with them. Guaranteed smiles! Cocobohème has offbeat and eco-friendly decorative objects. In another style that is just as original, you have the plants and bouquets at les Mauvaises Graines. Let’s rock your garden!
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Take a break and enjoy some choux pastries at Popelini. Lemon and salted butter caramel are just two of the many flavours. They are sold singly or in boxes (because it is hard to stop at one!). Otherwise, the it-ice cream at the moment is frozen yoghurt by It Mylk: No-fat yoghurt with pieces of cookies, strawberries, macarons, spicy biscuits, muesli, mango and more. You can also have them tailor made. A delicious treat that will have you spoiled for choice.
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Behind the hill, head towards Avenue Junot where you will find the village within the city. A surprise awaits you at place Marcel Aymé: the writer’s hero, the man who walks through walls, springs from wall. He can also been seen in Montmartre cemetery. Since 1825, this has been one of the four major cemeteries in Paris, and quite a few illustrious figures are buried here, from the songwriter Michel Berger to the cartoonist Poulbot, along with Émile Zola, Stendhal and the singer Dalida. One thing that should be seen is the headstone or “sarcophagus” of a family of architects. Until resurrection day!


The addresses on the itinerary

La Halle Saint-Pierre, 2 rue Ronsard (18th arrondissement)
Metro: Abbesses or Anvers
Opening times: Mon-Fri from 11am to 6pm, Sat from 11am to 7pm and Sun from noon to 6pm
Pricing for temporary exhibitions: €8 | €6.50
La Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, 35 rue du Chevalier-de-la-Barre (18th)
Metro: Abbesses or Anvers
Opening times: Daily from 6am to 10.30pm
Entrance price for the dome + crypt: €8
Place du Tertre (18th arrondissement)
Metro: Abbesses or Anvers
Espace Dali, 11 rue Poulbot (18th arrondissement)
Metro: Anvers, Abbesses or Lamarck-Caulaincourt
Opening times: Daily from 10am to 6pm (8pm in July and August)
Full price: €11
Le Moulin de la galette, 83 rue Lepic (18th arrondissement)
Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt or Abbesses
The vines and the October harvest, 14-18 rue des Saules (18th)
Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt
La Mascotte, 52 rue des Abbesses (18th)
Metro: Abbesses
+33 (0)1 46 06 28 15
Opening times: daily from noon to midnight

L’Eté en pente douce, 8 rue Paul-Albert (18th)
Metro: Château Rouge or Anvers
+33 (0)1 42 64 02 67
Opening times: Mon-Fri from noon to 3pm and from 7pm to midnight | Sat-Sun from noon to 4pm and from 7pm to midnight
Flea Market, 7 impasse Simon 93400 Saint-Ouen
Metro: Pte de Clignancourt or Garibaldi
Galerie Chappe, 4 rue André Barsacq (18th)
Metro: Abbesses
+33 (0)1 42 62 42 12
Opening times: Daily from 2pm to 8pm
Atypyk, 17 rue Lambert (18th)
Metro: Château Rouge
+33 (0)1 46 06 28 32
PA Design, 2 bis rue Fléchier (9th)
Metro: Notre-Dame de Lorette
+33 (0)1 42 85 20 85
Opening times: Tues-Fri from 11am to 2pm and 3pm to 7pm | Sat from 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm
Cocobohème, 22 rue de Jessaint (18th)
Metro: La Chapelle or Barbès-Rochechouart
+33 (0)1 42 62 40 60
Mauvaises Graines, 25 rue Custine (18th)
Metro: Château-Rouge
+33 (0)1 55 79 71 35
Popelini, 44 rue des Martyrs (9th)
Metro: Saint-Georges
+33 (0)1 42 81 35 79
Opening times: Tues-Sat from 11am to 7.30pm | Sun from 10am to 3pm
It-Mylk, 1 place Suzanne Valadon (18th)
Metro: Anvers or Abbesses
Opening times: Sat-Sun from 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 8.30pm
Montmartre Cemetery, 20 av Rachel (18th)
Metro: Blanche or Place de Clichy
+33 (0)1 53 42 36 30
Opening times: Daily from 9am to 6pm


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