Montmartre is one of of my favorite areas of the city, so long as you get away from the ultra-touristy streets surrounding the Sacre Coeur basilica.
This photo of the Consulat restaurant by Matt Kloskowski captures how parts of Montmartre in the 18th district have kept their old-school Paris look & charm.
The closest Metro stations are Lamarck-Caulaincourt on Metro Line 12 (dark green) and Abbesses (Metro line 12 as well), although I’d recommend Lamarck if you prefer to walk downhill rather than up. Montmartre is notoriously hilly and there’s a fair amount of stairs to climb all around this area.
Close by is one of Paris’ best bakeries, Delmontel at 57 rue Damrémont. In 2007 Arnaud Delmontel won the annual “best baguette” of Paris competition. Winners supply baguette to the French President for the year. Try their baguette tradition if you get a chance. “Traditional” baguettes have only four ingredients: flour, water, salt, yeast and no additives which regular baguettes are allowed.
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