A day in Paris • Montmartre
When in Paris, Montmartre is a good place to go to on Sunday. The little village in the North of the city is a place like no other. Its picturesque streets are the perfect backdrop to get lost in. Don't worry, looking up you'll always manage to find your way back. Just look for the top of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, the symbol of Montmartre. It is also an area that is filled with romance, making it a perfect destination for lovers.
Sunday is brunch day and The Hardware Société located near the butte de Montmartre is the perfect place for it! I love the interior decoration with its marble tables and butterflies on the walls. And everything on the menu looks yummy! They don't propose an actual brunch, but instead there are multiple plates to choose from on the menu, both sweet and salt. The only downside: no reservation possible. So be there before noon!
After brunch, head over to the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur to enjoy the panoramic view over Paris. The Basilique attracts many tourists, which makes it a very crowded place. Still the view is breathtaking and the Basilique is truly unique with its white stones. Fun fact: For its construction that started in 1875, the choice of the architect was made through a contest.
Go deeper into Montmartre by walking along the left side of the Basilique. As mentioned earlier, Montmartre is a perfect place to get lost in, since all of its streets are charming and quiet. However there are a few mandatory halts like the Place du Tertre, a square famous for its countless painters, all offering you to draw your portrait. Once again, this place is very touristic and crowded, and I would never stop there to eat, but it's worth a stop anyway.
A few other possible stops are the Saint-Vincent cemetery, the Place Dalida, the Moulin de la Galette and the Place Emile-Goudeau. In the South-West corner of Montmartre, you'll find the Place des Abbesses. This is yet another photogenic square of Paris, thanks to its carousel and the entrance of the metro station. It is a beautiful piece of Art Nouveau and one of the rare metro entrances to have kept its original canopy.
Also on the Place des Abbesses, you'll find a tiny park that is home to a famous wall: Le Mur des je t'aime (the wall of love). On a deep blue background, the phrase "I love you" appears 311 times, in 250 languages. Scattered across the wall are red pieces that are parts of a broken heart.
To end your peaceful afternoon, I suggest you walk a little further South to reach the Musée de la Vie Romantique. Hidden in the back you'll discover the most romantic garden, complete with vintage canopy where drinks are served. A true oasis where time stands still and you forget you're in exhilarating Paris. Be aware: it is only open from half April to half October.