Montmartre is one of the most visited places in Paris. This emblematic quarter is situated in the north of the capital, perched high up on a hill ; the « butte » Montmartre.
It is a romantic and picturesque neighborhood which has been immortalized in French cinema from Moulin Rouge to Amelie from Montmartre. If you’ve ever been there, you’ll agree that this quarter has a certain charm and charisma, a unique combination of its enigmatic history and a vivacious present which draws people to it and makes them want to come back again and again.
How to best take advantage of this magical atmosphere captured in so many films and works of art? hiphophostels has created a personalized tour, off the beaten track, for you of the sights inspired by the film, Amelie from Montmartre.
Tune into the original soundtrack composed by Yann Tiersen and let yourself resonate with the vibes of this upbeat romantic comedy!
The butte Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur
The game of hide and seek between Amelie Poulain and her lover Nino takes place in a Montmartre, depicted in sepia colors, red and green, the colors which characterize the film. If the steps leading up to Sacré-Coeur daunt you, take the funicular up to the top, it only costs the price of a metro ticket.
Once at the top backed by the basilica of Sacré-Cœur, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city!
Notice the numerous Art Deco touches which abound in the neighborhood. The green arabesque archways in front of the metro stations, the Wallace fountains, and the Morris columns are scrupulously maintained and restored as they are the very soul of Montmartre.
The Café des Deux-moulins
The Café des Deux-Moulins, where the young heroine of the film, Amélie works, exists in real life! It is situated on rue Lepic, open every day and serves delicious food. In the mood for a steak and fries or a thyme-roasted camembert? The varied menu is affordable, considering the neighborhood and the decor will please even those who aren’t familiar with the film. You can just have a drink or a coffee but don’t miss its famous crème brûlée…
Café des Deux-Moulins, 15, rue Lepic, 75018 Paris
Be sure not to miss…
Once you are in Montmartre, take the time to discover other lovely sights which are part of the quarter’s charm. Here is a list of our favorite gems:
- Place du Tertre. Even if it is a bit cliché with all the artists portraying Paris, it’s still a must-see! You can have your portrait done by one of the street artists which makes a nice souvenir to bring back.
- The Man who walked through Walls, this statue of the hero of a Marcel Aymé book, « Le Passe-Muraille », or The Man Who Walked Through Walls, in English. The story of a man who could walk through walls.
Place Marcel Aymé, intersection rue Norvins / rue Girardon, 75018 Paris
- The espace Dali, a showcase for the works of this master of surrealism. The famous warped watches, sculptures of elephants with elongated legs and many paintings by the artist with the upturned moustache. This venue dedicated to Salvador Dali and his wacky universe is getting updated spring 2018 with a boutique where one can purchase the original works of Salvador Dali.
Espace Dali, 11 rue Poulbot, 75018 Paris
Where to find a great hotel in the Montmartre neighborhood?
Whether its a romantic getaway or you are traveling with a group of friends, here are the best places from the group, hiphophostels to stay in Montmartre.
Le Montclair Montmartre, 62 rue Ramey, 75018 Paris
The Montclair Montmartre radiates a very welcoming atmosphere with its colorful, energetic design. It is clean and neat, perfect for modest budgets. A nice, real French breakfast is available in the hotel. Certain rooms have a lovely view of Montmartre, ask for one of them upon reserving!
Le Village Montmartre, 20 rue d’Orsel, 75018 Paris
Situated at the foot of Montmartre, the Village Montmartre, proudly upholds the standards of hiphophostels ; pleasant interior design, attentive service, and warm ambiance. Don’t miss our deck with an incredible view of Sacré-Cœur, where you can relax with a beer or a refreshing cocktail.