5 Reasons to Stay in a Hostel in Paris

Paris is one of the most visited destinations on earth and welcomes close to 20 million tourists each year. Boasting some of the world’s most famous attractions, museums, cuisine and shopping, accommodation is often a last concern. Staying in a hostel offers many great benefits that you will not find with a hotel or apartment […]

Rue Cortot: The Home of Montmartre’s Infernal Trio

Montmartre may be one of Paris’ most visited destinations, but many of its charming streets and cul-de-sacs boast a history unknown to passers by. Nestled just behind the Sacré Cœur, Rue Cortot may look like a thoroughfare, but it was once home to some of France’s most notable artists. Dating back centuries, the 125 metre […]

Montmartre in the Movies: Bob le flambeur

Before there was Ocean’s Eleven, there was Bob le flambeur. While Amelie might take top honours for being Montmartre’s most famous film, Bob le flambeur is surely the area’s finest cinematic offering. Written and directed by the pioneering French director Jean-Pierre Melville, Bob is a classic heist film that would be a precursor to the […]

The Magic of Rue des Martyrs

Stretching from the middle of Montmartre into the 9th arrondissement, the historic Rue des Martyrs is one of Paris’ most charming streets, Boasting over 200 small businesses and a history rivalling most streets in the historic area, Rue des Martyrs is a must visit on any trip to Paris. The road of martyrs got its […]

Montmartre’s Circus: The Medrano

In the heart of Montmartre, just outside Pigalle station, sits a Carrefour supermarket, like any other. For over a century, Montmartre’s only circus made its home on this spot, before shutting its doors 50 years ago. The Cirque Medrano is today a distant memory of Montmartre’s ebullient past. Cirque Fernando (1875-1897) Acrobat and equestrian, Fernando […]

The Staircases of Montmartre

A daily obstacle for locals making their way home, Montmartre’s picturesque staircases are a focal point of the area. In total there are 38 staircases surrounding the hill. Crossing streets and even comprising streets themselves, the staircases of Montmartre have come to characterise the village’s charm. Featured in films, from Amelie to Midnight in Paris, […]

Behind the Doors of Avenue Frochot: Montmartre’s Secret Street.

Just metres away form the Moulin Rouge and the hustle and bustle of Pigalle is Avenue Frochot. Home to the city’s rich and famous, the private street was once home to some of Paris’ most celebrated artists. The Residents No. 1: Is the haunted house of the avenue. A private mansion and the most picturesque […]

4 Films You Didn’t Know Were Filmed in Montmartre

From the 400 Coups to Amelie, Montmartre has a storied history in film. Here are 4 films you might not have realised were also shot in the area. Midnight in Paris Deviate director Woody Allen’s ode to Paris, Midnight in Paris is a cinematic tour of the city. Stopping at everywhere from the Eiffel Tower […]

Behind the Doors: Rue du Mont-Cenis

Stretching from the edge of the city all the way up Montmartre’s hill to the Sacre-Coeur; the 1,304 metres of Rue du Mont-Cenis is home to some of France’s most historic monuments Historically the street was the route of a pilgrimage from neighbouring Saint Denis to the religious summit. Then known as rue Saint-Denis, after […]

The Windmills of Montmartre

Before it became a world renowned centre of artistic repute, Montmartre was a working-class village, north of Paris. Centred around its Abbey and populated largely by peasants, the old village was also a hub for mills. Over the course of the 17th and 18th centuries, 13 windmills were installed on the small hill. The first […]