Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

Crédits : Charlène Campos. Translation: Jill Harry. Pictures: Benoit Linero, Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Marc Bertrand, Amélie Laurin, Sarah Sergent ; Romain Ricard, DR.

The 18th district

Montmartre is romantic Paris, picture-postcard Paris. It is also the historic bastion of a Bohemian artistic scene: Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, but also Zola, Apollinaire, Édith Piaf, Georges Brassens. They were all regulars here. Some even lived here. In the 18th arrondissement, this authentic "village" rising to an altitude of 130 metres charms visitors from all over the world. Its fascinating history, famous basilica, iconic caricaturists, bistros, but also its vines whose wine has been auctioned every second weekend of October since 1934 at the "Fête des Vendanges", all make it a rare neighbourhood with a unique atmosphere. 

CAFÉ DES DEUX MOULINS

Restaurant

Famous thanks to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film Le fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001), this café is an absolute must. Typically Parisian with its zinc bar, moulded ceilings and small terrace, it keeps pace with the ballet of residents, strollers and tourists, all charmed by its old-fashioned atmosphere, typical of Montmartre.

  • 15 rue Lepic, XVIIIe
  • Metro: Blanche
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 42 54 90 50
  • Time: Mon-Fri, 7.30 a.m-2 a.m; Sat-Sun, 8 a.m-2 a.m

GUILO GUILO

Restaurant

In this unique Japanese restaurant, star chef Eiichi Edakuni, assisted by his seconds, concocts high-end gastronomy before the eyes of guests in a central open kitchen. Prepared on the spot, the unique menu offers refined, original dishes. Food, service, all perfectly controlled. Bliss for the eyes and palette!

  • 8 rue Garreau, XVIIIe
  • Metro: Abbesses
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 42 54 23 92
  • Time: Tues-Sun, 7-11 p.m
Crédits: Charlène Campos. Photo : Roméo Balancourt.

MOULIN ROUGE

Event

At the foot of Montmartre since 1889, the Moulin Rouge is the most famous of Parisian cabarets where great French artists have performed: Mistinguett, Jean Gabin, Édith Piaf, Yves Montand… Today, this legendary address stages shows whose renown extends well beyond France. The Moulin's history unfolds in frenetic "tableaux" ending with the famous French Cancan. A night to remember!

  • 82 boulevard de Clichy, XVIIIe
  • Metro: Blanche
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 53 09 82 82

BOUILLON PIGALLE

Restaurant

With 300 seats, Bouillon Pigalle has been an institution in Montmartre since it opened in 2017. A replay of bygone Paris and popular cuisine, this "brasserie" owes it success to a menu comprised of egg mayonnaise, onion soup, "bœuf bourguignon", "blanquette de veau"…, at prices defying all competition.

  • 22 boulevard de Clichy, XVIIIe
  • Metro: Pigalle, Abbesses
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 42 59 69 31
  • Time: Daily, noon-midnight

SACRÉ-COEUR BASILICA, MONTMARTRE

Visit

Built in the late 19th century at the top of the hill of Montmartre, the Sacré-Cœur basilica surveys Paris lying at its feet. In Romano-Byzantine style, this iconic landmark is striking for its immaculate white walls and a flight of steps offering stunning views of the city. For an even more memorable spectacle, step inside and climb to the top of the dome.  

  • Parvis de la Basilique, XVIIIe
  • Metro: Anvers
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 53 41 89 00
  • Time: Daily, 6 a.m-10.30 p.m

HALLE SAINT-PIERRE

Museum

This museum is dedicated to "Art Brut" in all its forms, as long as they are far from classic currents. A former covered market in Baltard style, built in 1868, it also houses a gallery, bookshop, auditorium and café. Unusual exhibition space to delight anti-conformists and the curious. 

  • 2 rue Ronsard, XVIIIe
  • Metro: Anvers
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 53 41 89 00
  • Time: Mon-Fri, 11 a.m-6 p.m; Sat, 11 a.m-7 p.m; Sun, 12 noon-6 p.m.

GARDENS OF THE HÔTEL PARTICULIER MONTMARTRE

Garden

The largest private gardens in Paris, this insider address is the perfect haven for enjoying the first rays of sunshine, at lunch, tea or dinner time, or for sipping an enticing cocktail. A leafy hideaway at the heart of the 18th arrondissement. 

  • 23 avenue Junot, Pavillon D, XVIIIe
  • Metro: Lamarck Caulaincourt
  • Tel: +33 (0)1 53 41 81 40
Crédits: Charlène Campos. Photo : Roméo Balancourt.

HAGA

Jewellery

The name of a brand of jewellery created by Hanna & Gabriel. Though HAGA is now also a gallery-boutique giving priority to design in a discerning selection of decorative items, furniture, lighting and artworks. An Ali Baba's cave for fans of home decor.

  • 18 rue Henry Monnier, IXe
  • Metro: Pigalle
  • Phone: +33 (0)6 16 71 65 82
  • Time: Tues, by appointment; Wed-Sat, 11.30 a.m-7 p.m. 

MUSEUM OF LA VIE ROMANTIQUE

Museum

Occupying the former home of artist Ary Scheffer (1795-1858), this museum offers immersion in 19th-C. Romanticism. The ground floor is devoted to objects, furniture and works that belonged to novelist George Sand, while the upper floor presents the work of the former owner and his contemporaries. In fine weather, discover the tea-room in the garden, shaded by age-old trees. 

  • 16 rue Chaptal, IXe
  • Metro: Blanche, Pigalle, Saint-Georges
  • Phone: +33(0)1 55 31 95 67
  • Times: Tues-Sun, 10 a.m-6 p.m. 

LE COQ RIQO

Restaurant

Opposite the famous Moulin de la Galette, this restaurant honours French farm produce and especially poultry. Founded in 2012 by 3-star chef Antoine Westermann, this chic grill is always justifiably full. Guests relish pedigree chicken, roosters and guinea fowl bred in top conditions by hand-picked producers. All washed down with excellent wines. So, a leg or a wing? 

  • 98 rue Lepic, XVIIIe
  • Metro: Lamarck Caulaincourt, Abbesses
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 42 59 82 89
  • Time: Daily, 12 noon-2.30 p.m; 7-10.30 p.m.
Crédits: Charlène Campos. Photo : Roméo Balancourt.

Welcome to the City Guide of the Royal Monceau- Raffles Paris to visit the City of Light in another way.

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