Montmartre is a myriad of historic pathways that became mythical roads. Rue Norvins is no different. Montmartre’s busiest street, its charming cobbled streets have paved the way for the area’s artists for centuries.

Rue Norvins dates as far back as 1672, where it was included on Albert Jouvin de Rochefort’s street plan, the third in Parisian history. The original street had tow names; rue Traînée, between the streets of Mont-Cenis and des Saules and « rue des Moulins », between the streets of Les Saules and Girardon.

After Montmartre became a part of Paris in 1860; it officially joined the Paris road network by virtue of decree in 1863 and assumed the name Rue Norvins in 1868. Today, it is the most preserved street from Montmartre’s village past. Running from the exclusive Avenue Junot to the bustling Place du tertre, it is the busiest street in the area.

Once home to the prison of Abbesses, the old prison was once located at number 2bis. Dating to 1133, the Benedictines of Montmartre administered justice in the gallows at Place du Tertre. Fear not, the last public hanging took place in 1775.

Fontaine du Château d’eau de Montmartre

Further along the road at number 9, a 14th century alleyway, is the creperie Le Tire Bouchon. Once a cabaret, it was said to be the refuge of Jacque Brel and frequented by Georges Bressens. Just next to it is Montmartre’s first water supply, the Fontaine du Château d’eau de Montmartre. Established in 1835, the Neo-renassiance reservoir fountain has been out of service since 1927.

Further along the street is the enormous country house, which one sat in the middle of the village. Named after its owner, a candle seller by the name of Sandrin; the La folie Sandrin, was built in 1774 and later transformed into a mental institution in 1806. It later became a home to artists; a girls institution and embroidery factory before eventually becoming luxury apartments in 1970.

La folie Sandrin

And a little further down you will see Montmartre’ writer Marcel Ayme sticking out of the wall. A sculptural reference to his most famous book and later film, Le Passe-muraille.

Le Passe-muraille.

Our guests can find Rue Norvins a mere 400 metres from the hostel. Book with us now and you can discover Montmartre on your doorstep!.