Van Gogh was here
Many houses where celebrities used to live are still intact. You’ll also find signboards saying things like ‘Hemingway once used the lavatory here’ in cafés and other establishments. One of the most famous atelier complexes is Le Bateau-Lavoir on Place Émile Goudeau where Pablo Picasso regularly worked. Famous people also came together to drink wine in the Moulin de la Galette on Rue Lepic, a former windmill which is now a restaurant. Vincent van Gogh lived in the same street at number 54.
The art nouveau metro entrance to Abbesses
A wall of love
In the heart of Montmartre is Place des Abbesses. Its main attraction is the entrance to the metro station Abbesses. This is one of only three remaining fully enclosed entrances designed by architect Hector Guimard in the early twentieth century. The entrance is in itself an icon of the Parisian metro, thanks to its cast-iron floral texture and distinctive gilded Métropolitain sign.
The ultimate ode to love is hidden behind Place des Abbesses. Since October 2000, the Square Jehan-Rictus garden has featured a special artwork, Le mur des je t’aime. This 'Wall of I Love Yous' has more than 300 declarations of love inscribed in 250 languages on 612 tiles. The artist Frédéric Baron wanted to show that a wall could also be a symbol of togetherness and love as well as a form of separation.
Lights in the dark
Montmartre turns into a fairy tale world in the evenings when the atmospheric street lighting is switched on. This is the perfect moment to climb the stairs up to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and enjoy the lights of the city and the sparkling Eiffel Tower. Bring a bottle of wine and a baguette and enjoy a view that no Parisian bar or restaurant can match. In the summer, this delightful picture is completed by the sight of busking musicians and other street artists.