Walk Museum of Montmartre to Pigalle via Moulin-Rouge

The “Walk museum of Montmartre to Pigalle via Moulin-Rouge” takes you down from the Butte Montmartre, visiting the western side of the Butte Montmartre, superb at sunset with views of the Eiffel Tower. This is also the site of one of the largest cemeteries in Paris. It’s the resting place of many of today’s and history’s most famous figures.

The west side of the Butte Montmartre, just as interesting to visit

But this western side of the Butte Montmartre, less frequented by tourists and therefore less well-known, also includes points of interest you won’t find elsewhere.
Finally, you arrive in the well-known Pigalle district, home to the Moulin Rouge cabaret. Montmartre is more than just Place du Tertre and its painters, or the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. It’s a lively district with a history that has been documented as far back as the 11th century.

Getting ready to visit Montmartre

To better appreciate and understand your walk, you should know the Little History of the Butte Montmartre by clicking on Montmartre and its hill – History, religion, festivities and Paris and the itinerary we suggest on the map below (which you can enlarge and move around). Each point on the map corresponds to a particular Point of Interest (of which there are 23) that you’ll encounter along the way. Each point of interest is documented on your screen, and you have the option of learning more about it in your choice of English or French, by clicking on More information

The walk begins at the Musée de Montmartre

This walk begins “just outside the Musée de Montmartre” and ends at the bottom of the Butte, Place Pigalle, near the Moulin-Rouge. It passes close to the Cimetière de Montmartre, famous for the celebrities buried there.
The Walk museum of Montmartre to Pigalle includes 23 “Points of Interest”. This is deliberate: you’ll learn more about Montmartre than you would on an ordinary tour.

The icing on the cake: Relaxation breaks along your walk to avoid fatigue

You’re on vacation and want to enjoy your stay without getting tired. That’s why we’ve added “Relaxation Breaks” to the “Points of Interest” on our walks and the information you’ll find for each.
These “Recreational Breaks” are spread out along the route (coffee breaks, restaurant breaks, etc., and even shopping breaks!). This allows you to rest, taste or buy at recommended points rated (up to 5) by the tourists who have preceded you. Avoid scores below 4.0.
Please note that these Recreational Breaks are listed in a separate document with a special map entitled “Relaxation Breaks for a Fatigue-Free Walk Down Montmartre“. Cafés, restaurants and other breaks are also listed on the Promenade itinerary itself, from the Musée de Montmartre via the Moulin-Rouge to Pigalle. They are indicated as they occur on the itinerary, “between” the points of interest.

Relaxation breaks on the “Promenade du Musée de Montmartre à Pigalle via Moulin-Rouge” itinerary

There are 43 of them, including 8 “Beauty and fashion products”, 9 “Bakeries, pastry shops, chocolate shops, ice cream parlors”, 21 “Cafés, bistros, restaurants, bars”, plus a few others.

Enjoy your relaxation!

Musée de Montmartre – Jardins Renoir
12 rue Cortot
75018 Paris
https://museedemontmartre.fr/

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 16″ N 2° 20′ 26″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88770 2.340626

Access

  • Metro – Line 2 (Anvers station then Montmartre funicular) – Line 12 (Lamarck-Caulaincourt and Abbesses stations)
  • RER – Lines B and D (Gare du Nord-Magenta Station)
  • Bus – 80 and 40 (Stop Saules-Cortot or Montcenis-Cortot)
  • Funicular of Montmartre

Short description

The Montmartre Museum – Renoir Gardens is a French art museum located in Paris, in the 18th arrondissement. It is installed in a group of buildings that includes the Hotel Demarne and the House of Bel Air and surrounded by the “Renoir Gardens”.

Inaugurated in 1960, it has been refurbished since 2011 and gives rise to several annual temporary exhibitions.

The Museum was created in one of the oldest buildings of the Butte, built in the 17th century: the Maison du Bel Air.

This House of Bel Air was also the place of creation and work of many artists as Suzanne Valadon,  Maurice Utrillo, André Utter (painter, husband of Suzanne Valadon), Emile Bernard, the fauvists Othon Friesz and Raoul Dufy, Demetrios Galanis, Francisque Poulbot, etc.  Auguste Renoir rented a studio there in 1876 and during his stay he painted major canvases such as The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette, The Swing and Garden on Rue Cortot in Montmartre.

The permanent collections take you back to the history of the Butte Montmartre, the effervescence of its workshops, from the Bateau-Lavoir to the Cortot workshop, and the atmosphere of its famous cabarets, from the Lapin Agile to the Moulin Rouge. One room is dedicated to the French Cancan, another to shadow theater, the dreamlike décor that made the reputation of the Chat Noir cabaret. The artists settled there from 1870. The cafés and cabarets multiplied in the 1880s. One finds there the artistic bohemia of Montmartre specific

The Museum houses a unique collection of paintings, posters and drawings by Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Kupka, Steinlen, Valadon, Utrillo, Pierre Dumont, Charles Genty. There are also illustrations, photographs and testimonials signed by artists.

The Montmartre Museum has reconstructed the studio where Suzanne Valadon, her son Maurice Utrillo and her partner André Utter lived.

More details on on Musée de Montmartre and Jardins Renoir in English or in French

  • Origin of the Montmartre Museum – Renoir Gardens
  • This House of Bel Air was also the place of creation and work of many artists such as
  • The rehabilitation of the buildings of the Montmartre Museum
  • The tour of the Montmartre Museum and its collections
  • The studio-apartment and Suzanne Valadon

To start your walk, at the exit of the Museum of Montmartre, turn right and walk up rue Cortot for 50 m. At the crossroads, opposite, is the Maison Rose

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La Maison rose
2 rue de l’Abreuvoir (A l’angle de la rue des Saules)
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 17″ N 2° 20′ 19″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88798 2.33961

Access

  • Montmartre, 2 rue de l’Abreuvoir (A l’angle de la rue des Saules)
  • Metro – Line 2 (Anvers station then Montmartre funicular) – Line 12 (Lamarck-Caulaincourt and Abbesses stations)
  • RER – Lines B and D (Gare du Nord-Magenta Station)
  • Bus – 80 and 40 (Stop Saules-Cortot or Montcenis-Cortot)
  • Funicular of Montmartre

Short description

The Pink House is the little story of the Catalan Ramon Pichot, at n° 2 rue de l’Abreuvoir (at the corner of rue des Saules), on the Butte Montmartre. It is known because of the painting of Utrillo which represents it. Ramon Pichot bought this small house around 1905. He was also a painter and a friend of Dali, also a Catalan, and the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. He often received them in this house which served as his studio.

The story goes that Utrillo made the Pink House famous by painting it on one of his pictures. However, it was Élisée Maclet, a modest painter, but recognized at the time, as famous (or more so) than Utrillo who was his friend. He painted La Maison Rose and Montmartre well before him.

The Pink House is now a creative and welcoming neighborhood restaurant, La Maison Rose offers a short menu based on seasonal products. It is inspired by the French kitchen and the Italian cucina povera (modest Italian cuisine).

More details on La Maison rose in English or in French

  • The legendary house painted in pink
  • Is the fame of the The Pink House due to painter Utrillo?
  • The The Pink House before and during the Second World War
  • The revival with the Miolano family
  • The restaurant today

To continue your walk, at the intersection, turn right on rue des Saules. You will then follow the Clos de Montmartre for 60 m.

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Clos de Montmartre  (Vignes de Montmartre)
Rue des Saules
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 18″ N 2° 20′ 24″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88839 2.33989

Access

  • Metro – Line 12 (Lamarck-Caulaincourt station)
  • Bus : n° 80 and 40
  • Parking : Parking garage at 350 meters rue Custine.
  • Cab : Lamarck station or on request.

Short description

The vineyard of Montmartre, whose official name is the Clos-Montmartre, is a vineyard planted on the hillock Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.. The vineyard grows on the northern slope of the Montmartre hillock, along the rue Saint-Vincent and the rue des Saules.

Owner of the vineyard: City of Paris,
Manager: Comité des Fêtes du 18e arrondissement
Maintenance of the vineyard: Technical services of the City of Paris
Annual production: about 1000 numbered bottles

In the 12th century, vines were planted by the ladies of the abbey of Montmartre founded by Adelaide of Savoy. But the impoverishment of the abbey led the nuns to sell the vineyard plots. In the 16th century, the inhabitants of Montmartre, which was then located outside of Paris (until 1860), were mainly ploughmen and winegrowers. The vines were cultivated from the top of the hill to the surrounding plains.

But since Montmartre was annexed to Paris in 1860, the houses grew at the expense of the remaining vineyard. In 1930, it was planned to build buildings there. This was without counting on the mobilization of the inhabitants of the district who were opposed to these constructions.

The disappearance of the vines in Montmartre is complete in 1928. They were replanted five years later with 2,000 Gamay and Pinot Noir vines.

The first harvest festival in 1934, takes place on the second weekend of October. It was sponsored by Mistinguett and Fernandel, and took place in the presence of the President of the Republic Albert Lebrun. But there were no grapes yet, the vineyard was only 2 years old. So grapes were bought at Les Halles and bunches were hung with wire so that the sponsors could cut them.

More details on Clos de Montmartre  (Vignes de Montmartre) in English or in French

  • A little history on the Vineyard of Montmartre and elsewhere
  • Origin of the vine in Montmartre
  • Vineyard in Montmartre in the 18th century and the opening of cabarets
  • The revival of the vineyard in Montmartre
  • The 1st harvest in Montmartre, without grapes!
  • The harvest festival in Montmartre

To continue your walk rue des Saules, Le Lapin Agile is at the intersection with Rue Saint Vincent

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Au Lapin Agile
22 rue des Saules
75018 Paris
https://au-lapin-agile.com/

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 19″ N 2° 20′ 24″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88873 2.33998

Access

Au Lapin Agile
22 rue des Saules
75018 Paris
https://au-lapin-agile.com/

  • Metro – Line 12 (Lamarck-Caulaincourt station)
  • Bus : n° 80 and 40
  • Parking : Parking garage at 350 meters rue Custine.
  • Cab : Lamarck station or on request.

Short description

The Cabaret Lapin-Agile (Agile rabbit) has an international reputation. It is well known to most tourists who come to Montmartre. However, it is an ordinary little house, but it is also an “old fashioned” cabaret and has a whole history.

The little house with the sign of the “Lapin agile” is the former cabaret of the “Assassins”. In 1880, the owner entrusted the caricaturist André Gill, who was familiar with the place, with the creation of a sign: the cabaret then became known under the name “Au Lapin à Gill”, soon phonetically transformed into “Lapin Agile”.

Le cabaret Lapin-Agile aujourd’hui: toujours pas comme les autres.

More details on Le Lapin-Agile in English or in French

  • Cabaret of Lapin-Agile: a cabaret like no other
  • The context of the departure: the 2nd half of the 19th century with the bottom and the top of Montmartre
  • Origin of the Cabaret of Lapin-Agile and name
  • From the Cabaret des Assassins to the Cabaret of Lapin-Agile: a succession of owners
  • The Cabaret of Lapin-Agile at the time of Frédéric Gérard
  • The artists and the thugs: Le Cabaret of Lapin Agile’s customers
  • A famous “smoke and mirrors”: And the sun fell asleep on the Adriatic
  • The end of a world: the great war of 1914-18
  • At the Lapin Agile after the Great War
  • The Cabaret of the Lapin Agile from the Second World War to today
  • The Lapin Agile in the works of fiction
  • The Lapin Agile in painting

Your next point of interest (Saint Vincent Cemetery) is on the sidewalk in front of the Lapin Agile, but the entrance to the cemetery is 100 m away, at 6 rue Lucien-Gaulard. To get there, take the Saint Vincent street which runs along the cemetery and turns into the Rue/Place Constantin Pecqueur. Rue Lucien-Gaulard is the first on the right.

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Cimetière Saint Vincent
6 rue Lucien-Gaulard
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 21″ N 2° 20′ 21″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88901 2.33923

Access

  • Metro: line 12 – Station Lamarck – Caulaincourt
  • Bus: line 40, 80

Short description

The Saint-Vincent Cemetery at 6 rue Lucien-Gaulard (18th arrondissement), opened on January 5, 1831. It is one of the 3 cemeteries of the Butte Montmartre with the Cemetery of Calvaire (closed), next to the church of Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, and the cemetery of the North, commonly called “cemetery of Montmartre”. The latter is halfway up the Butte, on the west side.

The Saint-Vincent Cemetery is a small cemetary (900 graves) built on the slope which gives a nice perspective on the Dome of the Sacred Heart. The charm of its flowered alleys will seize you as soon as you enter.

You will discover among others some personalities buried in this cemetery. Among the most famous are Marcel Aymé, Marcel Carné or Maurice Utrillo.

More details on Saint Vincent Cemetary in English or in French

  • Opening hours and closing periods
  • A steep cemetery with a confidential character
  • Map of the Saint-Vincent Cemetery and location of the graves
  • List of personalities buried in Saint-Vincent Cemetery

To continue your walk, return and turn left on Rue/Place Constantin Pecqueur. The green space of your next step is on your right

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Square Joël Le-Tac
6 Place Constantin Pecqueur
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 22″ N 2° 20′ 16″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88952 2.33804

 

Access

  • The square is located in the middle of the place Constantin-Pecqueur.
  • The site is accessible by 3, place Constantin-Pecqueur.
  • Metro: It is served by line 12 – Station Lamarck – Caulaincourt.
  • Bus: n° 80, 40
  • Vélib Station at 74 m

Short description

The Joël Le-Tac Square and the mini park (green space) that surrounds it, are places made to rest on the route of your walk. It is planted with viburnum, aucuba, boxwood, yew, prunus pissardii, flowering apple trees and plane trees; there is also a potable water point. But there is something else to see in the middle of this mini-park and greenery:

  • Fountain of the woods – and drinkable water
  • Monument to Théophile Steinlen
  • The Square Joël Le-Tac
  • Claude Nougaro Square
  • Monument to Eugène Carrière

More details on Square Joel le Tac in English or in French

  • Opening hours and closing periods
  • Fountain of the woods – with drinking water
  • Monument to Théophile Steinlen in the Joël Le-Tac Square
  • Joël Le-Tac Square – a tribute to a French Resistance fighter
  • Place Claude Nougaro – to remember the artist singer
  • Monument to Eugène Carrière also in the Square Joël Le-Tac

To continue your walk,go around (or through the green space Square Joël Le-Tac) and take the rue Junot which follows the Rue/Place Constantin Pecqueur. On the way you can note

  • At n° 22 Avenue Junot, the architect Thiers designed in 1927 this villa-workshop (with fountain and patio) for a sculptor. Other Arts-Deco workshops are located in the Avenue Junot. In the 1920s, they replaced the wooden shanties.
  • The avenue Junot was pierced through ancient Roman ruins (of which a vestige can be seen in the retaining wall at the beginning of the street).
  • At n° 25, the small houses of the villa Léandre are shaded and green.

Continue on rue Junot to n° 15

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House of Tzara
15 avenue Junot
75018 Paris
Architecte : Adolf Loos (1926)

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 17″ N 2° 20′ 09″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88809 2.33571

 

 

 

Access

  • Montmartre Hill-
  • Metro – Line 2 (Anvers station then Montmartre funicular) – Line 12 (Lamarck-Caulaincourt and Abbesses stations)
  • RER – Lines B and D (Gare du Nord-Magenta Station)
  • Bus – 80 and 40 (Stop Saules-Cortot or Montcenis-Cortot)
  • Funicular of Montmartre

Short description

In 1926, the dada poet Tristan Tzara had the Austrian architect Adolf Loos build a house that sums up his architectural approach: the essence of modern architecture is not in the beauty of the elements that make up a building, but in the beauty of pure forms, the relationships that the volumes have with each other. This can be seen in the contrast between the lightness of the white second floor, hollowed out of a rectangular box, and the first floor in rubble.

Just to the left, at n° 13, it is the hotel of the cartoonist Poulbot acquired once the success came.

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Square Suzanne Buisson
7 bis, rue Girardon ou Rue Simon Demeure
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 17″ N 2° 20′ 13″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88809 2.33712

Access

  • Metro – Lamarck-Caulaincourt (Line 12) and Abbesses (Line 2)
  • Bus – 30, 40, 54 , 80

Short description

The Suzanne-Buisson Square is a green space in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. on the Montmartre Hill. It is named after the politician and resistance fighter Suzanne Buisson (1883-1944), who was deported and died in Auschwitz.

She joined Libération-Sud, a clandestine resistance movement in the Lyon region. In 1943, she became a liaison between the occupied and free zones for the clandestine Socialist Party and for relations with the French Communist Party.

She was arrested by the Germans on April 1, 1944 in Lyon.

More details on Square Suzanne Buisson in English or in French

  • How to get into the Suzanne-Buisson Square ?
  • Suzanne-Buisson : a left-wing and Jewish activist
  • Simone-Buisson: the Resistance fighter
  • The statue of Saint Denis in the Suzanne-Buisson Square
  • The surrounding garden in the Square

To continue your walk, cross the Square in its length, perpendicular to Avenue Junot. You can see the back of the Chateau de Brouillards on your right. At the exit of the Square, you will find rue Simon Demeure and on the right the Place Casadesus which continues 30 m further by the Allée des Brouillards.

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Château des Brouillards
Allée des Brouillards
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 18″ N 2° 20′ 16″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.87364 2.29577

 

Access

Château des Brouillards
Allée des Brouillards
75018 Paris

  • This street is located on the northern slope of the Montmartre hill; it starts at place Dalida and ends at 4, place Casadesus.
  • It is served by line 12 at the Lamarck – Caulaincourt station and by the RATP bus line 40 at the Abreuvoir – Girardon stop.

Short description

The Allée des Brouillards, its castle and the Casadesus family of musicians. An indissociable whole in this area of Montmartre Hill.

Place Casadesus is an extension of the Allée des Brouillards since 1995. The Casadesus family bought the Château des Brouillards at the end of 1920.

The Château des Brouillards was built before 1789. Its different owners have restored it several times, artists have occupied it more or less legally. It was only in 1920 that Victor Perrot (1865-1963) turned a ruin into the present manor.

More details on Château des Brouillards and Allée des Brouillards in English or in French

  • First, Square Casadesus as an extension of the Allée des Brouillards
  • The Château des Brouillards and 19th century artists
  • The revival of the Chateau des Brouillards
  • “Brouillards” (Mists) already used here in the 12th century

To continue your walk Allée des Brouillards for 15 m to reach the Place Dalida and her Bust

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Bust of Singer Dalida
Dalida Square
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 18″ N 2° 20′ 17″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88854 2.33806

Access

  • Metro – Line 2 (Anvers station then Montmartre funicular) – Line 12 (Lamarck-Caulaincourt and Abbesses stations)
  • RER – Lines B and D (Gare du Nord-Magenta Station)
  • Bus – 80 and 40 (Stop Saules-Cortot or Montcenis-Cortot)
  • Funicular of Montmartre

Short description

The Dalida bust and Square are a tribute to the singer who lived a few meters from there (11B Rue d’Orchampt, 75018 Paris) between 1962 and 1987. She became a prominent figure in Montmartre, and her memory lives on in the collective memory of the inhabitants who recall her memory with emotion. Dalida loved the area of the Montmartre hillock. Another tribute to Dalida is the 1996 vintage of the Clos Montmartre wine: it bears her name.

Dalida is buried a few hundred meters away, in the Cemetery of Montmartre.

More details on Dalida in English or in French

  • The Square Dalida
  • The bust of Dalida
  • Dalida bust and Square for a popular singer living in Montmartre
  • The extraordinary career of Dalida
  • The life of Dalida: dramas and disappointments

In addition we wrote “Dalida’s grave, resting place for the singer in pain” and “Montmartre Cemetery, place and celebrities of the art world” where is buried Dalida

From the Place Dalida, you have a view on the rue de L’Abreuvoir in front of you, on your left. 

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Rue de l’Abreuvoir
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 18″ N 2° 20′ 20″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88829 2.33892

Access

Rue de l’Abreuvoir
75018 Paris

  • Montmartre Hill
  • Metro – Line 2 (Anvers station then Montmartre funicular) – Line 12 (Lamarck-Caulaincourt and Abbesses stations)
  • RER – Lines B and D (Gare du Nord-Magenta Station)
  • Bus – 80 and 40 (Stop Saules-Cortot or Montcenis-Cortot)
  • Funicular of Montmartre

Short description

The Abreuvoir street is located on the Butte Montmartre in Paris, in the Grandes-arrières district of the 18th arrondissement. It has a discreet country charm. It is probably the most photographed street in Montmartre, for several reasons, from the Maison Rose located at number 2 to the perspective on the Sacré Coeur from the Allée des Brouillards and the Place Dalida.

More details on Abreuvoir Street in English or in French

  • Origin of the street: 1325
  • The abreuvoir, the Moulin Radet and the Moulin de la Galette
  • Points of memory of the Abreuvoir street

If you go all the way down rue de l’Abreuvoir, you will arrive in front of the Pink House (Maison Rose), which you have already seen. To continue your walk, we propose you the alternative to take slightly to the right, the Girardon street which will lead you directly to the Moulin de la Galette

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Le Moulin de la Galette (Restaurant)
83 rue Lepic
75018 Paris (Montmartre)

Le Moulin de la Galette (“Le Blute-fin”)
75-77 rue Lepic
75018 Paris

These 2 streets are neighbors

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 14″ N 2° 20′ 13″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88733 2.33705

 

Access

Le Moulin de la Galette (Restaurant)
83 rue Lepic
75018 Paris (Montmartre)

Le Moulin de la Galette (“Le Blute-fin”)
75-77 rue Lepic
75018 Paris

These 2 streets are neighbors on Montmartre Hill

  • Metro – Lamarck-Caulaincourt (Line 12) and Abbesses (Line 2)
  • Bus – 30, 40, 54 , 80

Short description

The Moulin-de-la-Galette is in fact a duo of mills. The history of the Moulin-de-la-Galette is that of 2 mills: the mill called “Le Blute-fin” and the other “Le_Radet”, both belonging to the Debray family, millers and … manufacturers of galettes sold in their famous and very popular ball of the Butte Montmartre along the 19th century!

The “Blute-fin” mill is today the only remaining windmill on the Butte Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, and still in working order.

To know more, a lot more on the Moulin-de-la-Galette in English or in French.

More details on the Moulin-de-la-Galette in English or in French

  • Origin of the Moulin-de-la-Galette
  • The Moulin-de-la-Galette nowadays
  • Montmartre balls and artists’ paintings
  • Montmartre balls and artists’ paintings
  • The Debray family through the 19th century
  • The atmosphere at the Moulin-de-la-Galette
  • The future stars of French Cancan, La Goulue and Valentin le Désossé, made their debut at the Moulin-de-la-Galette
  • The Debray organization of the Moulin-de-la-Galette
  • Bloody episode or legend around the Debray family
  • A variation on this legend
  • The final observation: the Debray tomb in the Montmartre cemetery
  • The Moulin-de-la-Galette and the arts

Continue on rue Girardon, cross rue Lepic (15m away) and turn slightly left onto rue d’Orchampt (very narrow in this part). 30 m further on, your new point of interest.

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Maison de Dalida à Montmartre
11 bis rue d’Orchamps
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 13″ N 2° 20′ 13″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88698 2.33702

Access

  • Metro – Lamarck-Caulaincourt (Line 12) and Abbesses (Line 2)
  • Bus – 30, 40, 54 , 80

Short description

Dalida’s house is located at 11 bis rue d’Orchamps, on the Butte Montmartre, in Paris. Peaceful, this street reminds of the countryside and freedom. What Dalida was trying to find in the middle of Paris. In a television interview in 1975, she said “I have always loved Montmartre, I found it so peaceful and quiet that I immediately bought this house when I saw it,” she said, before specifying that the neighborhood evokes for her the countryside in the heart of Paris.

The house is already an attraction during the singer’s lifetime. Some fans spent hours watching for her exits.  “I can’t stand it anymore. I’m sick, I want to go to the doctor and I have to put on makeup, I have to poison myself because I know they’ll be there. I can’t take it anymore. I want to be still.” But elle n’était pas toujours excédée par ce manque de liberté. Elle savait aussi être aimable avec eux et même les inviter chez elle.

She also loved her neighborhood. Dalida had her habits at the Moulin de la Galette, 50 m from her home, where she always sat by the window at table number three.

More details on Maison de Dalida  in English or in French

  • Dalida’s house from May 1962 until her death on May 3, 1987
  • The ideal location for living on the Butte Montmartre
  • Life in Dalida’s house in Montmartre
  • An attraction for her fans already before her death

To continue your walk, go back on your steps and take the Girardon street for 130 m. On the left, the entrance to Square Suzanne-Buisson

Continue along rue d’Orchampt (in its widest part) until its end which leads to rue Ravignan. But be careful, turn on your right and take the narrow part of the street Ravignan at 10 m. Your next point of interest is 25 m away.

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Bateau-Lavoir
13 de la place Émile-Goudeau
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 10″ N 2° 20′ 15″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88605 2.33769

Access

  • Subway: The place Émile-Goudeau is accessible by the metro line 12 at the Abbesses station
  • Bus: The RATP bus line 40 is the only one to circulate on the Montmartre hill. Stop Durantin-Burq or Abbesses also

Short description

This wooden building, probably named as such out of derision, opened on the first floor onto the square and led three floors down to rue Garreau. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was a poorly heated refuge that served as improvised workshops for a “band of oddballs” who occupied it, often of foreign origin and penniless. It was obviously the crucible of Modern Art.

Pigalle - Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon de Pablo Picasso

After the Impressionists who had settled there a few years earlier, its occupants were to challenge the standards of classical painting. Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Mac Orlan, Modigliani, Van Dongen, Juan Gris… When he arrived at the Bateau Lavoir, Pablo Picasso revolutionized painting with his famous cubist picture, painted in 1907: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.

Classified by André Malraux in 1969, the Bateau-Lavoir was destroyed by fire in 1970. Rebuilt in concrete in 1978, it was reorganized into 25 studios for young artists who work and create during the day, without being housed there.

More details on Bateau-Lavoir in English or in French

  • After the fire in 1970 of the Bateau-Lavoir
  • The beginning of the history of the “boat-washhouse” (Bateau-Lavoir)
  • The artists’ life is organized with little means
  • The first artists to settle at the Bateau-Lavoir
  • Evolution of the neighborhood and the Bateau-Lavoir
  • Numerous French and foreign personalities have frequented the Bateau-Lavoir

Then continue on the narrow part of the street Ravignan which will arrive at rue des Trois Frères that you cross. Then continue straight on rue Ravignon (of normal width) until you reach rue des Abbesses, and 50 m to the left take Place des Abbesses. The Square Rictus and the Wall of “je t’aime” is at 10 m.

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Le mur des je t’aime
Square Jehan Rictus
75018 Paris (Montmartre)

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 05″ N 2° 20′ 18″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88485 2.33873

Access

  • Subway – Abbesses
  • Bus – 30, 54

Short description

The “I love you wall” is a work imagined by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito. It has become an unavoidable landmark for lovers from all over the world who meet in Paris, the capital of romance.
The wall, built on a surface of 40 m², in the Square Jehan Rictus, in Montmartre in Paris, is composed of 612 tiles in enamelled lava. On these tiles are calligraphed 311 “I love you” in 250 common languages, but also in rare or forgotten dialects like Navajo, Inuit, Bambara or Esperanto.

More details on Le mur des je t’aime in English or in French

  • The symbolism of the wall: the division and the broken heart that can also be re-composed
  • The “Wall of I love you” in our time
  • The history of the work
  • The “I love you wall” on the internet

To continue your walk, return 10 m Place des Abbesses from where you just passed.

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Place des Abbesses
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 04″ N 2° 20′ 19″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88439 2.33857

 

 

 

Access

  • Metro – Abbesses
  • Bus – 30, 54
  • Funicular of Montmartre.

Short description

The Abbesses Square (Place des Abbesses) is located at the foot of the Montmartre hill, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, in the Clignancourt district. This charming square is also a landmark of the Parisian metro: it is the deepest station in Paris and its entrance is topped by one of the rare Art nouveau Guimard aedicule (canopy) still “in activity”. Others can be seen in museum in several towns in the world.

Pigalle - Entrée métro
La station Abbesses (la plus profonde de Paris), sur la ligne 12 comporte une seule entrée.

More details on Place des Abbesses in English or in French

  • Origin of the name “Place des Abbesses” (Abbesses Square)
  • The Abbey of Montmartre and the Abbesses Square
  • The destruction of the Abbey of Montmartre
  • Line 12 of the metro and the Abbesses station on Abbesses Square
  • The Guimard aedicule, Art Nouveau style, controversial, known worldwide
  • The Place des Abbesses (Abbesses Square) and “Notre-Dame-des-Briques”

Your next step is just opposite the street Rue des Abbesses.

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Église Saint-Jean de Montmartre
19 et 21 Rue des Abbesses rue des Abbesses
75018 Paris

Tel: 01 46 06 43 96
Architecture : Art Nouveau
Architecte: Anatole de Baudot

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 03″ N 2° 20′ 16″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88443 2.33802

Access

Short description

The Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre church , also called église Saint-Jean l’Évangéliste is a Catholic parish church. It is at the foot of the Butte Montmartre, located at 19, rue des Abbesses, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.

His name St. John the Evangelist (Saint-Jean l’Évangéliste) comes from John, a first century Jew who became a Christian, a disciple of Jesus and also the brother of James the Greater. Christian tradition attributes the writing of the Gospel of John to the apostle John. The apostle John is credited with many miracles, especially that of the poison. John, summoned to drink a cup of poison, is not at all bothered by it, while the two tasters are struck down in a few seconds. They were then resurrected by the saint.

The Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre church was classified as a historical heritage site by order of September 9, 2014.

More details on Église Saint-Jean de Montmartre in English or in French

  • Origin of the Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre church
  • A chaotic and contested beginning of the construction of the Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre church
  • The contested construction site
  • Anatole de Baudot, an architect evolving with his time
  • The interior works of art of Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre church
  • The critics of the Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre church are still present
  • And the hopes are still present around this church

To continue your walk, turn left out of the Saint-Jean de Montmartre church. The Htéâtre des Abbesses is 50 m away.

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Théâtre des Abbesses
31 rue des Abbesses
75018 Paris

Architectes Charles Vandenhove, Jacques Sequaris et Prudent de Wispelaere, 1992

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 04″ N 2° 20′ 14″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88481 2.33738

Access

  • Metro : line 12 (Station Abbesses) – line 2 and line 12 : (Station Pigalle)
  • Bus : 30, 54, 67 (Montmartrobus stop) and 50, 80, 95
  • Velib : Station n°18004 – Place des Abbesses
  • Parking Montmartre Garage – underground parking, 5 rue Dancourt Paris 18

Short description

The architect Charles Vandenhove wanted to respect the “neo-classical architecture” of the district, by “making current” the pediments, the capitals, the columns, the curved zinc roofs, by using stone and clear concrete colored in the mass.

Very close to Pigalle, this Theater of contemporary dance, world music, classical music is the 2nd theater of the City. Its programming is directly linked to that of the Théâtre de la Ville: the successful shows of young choreographers, companies, authors or directors can allow them to be programmed the following year on the stage of the Théâtre de la Ville, place du Châtelet, for a revival or a new creation. On average, the Théâtre des Abbesses puts on about a hundred performances a year.

More details on Théâtre des Abbesses in English or in French

  • The project of rehabilitation of the whole
  • The result: a theater in the neo-classical architecture of the district
  • The program of the Theater

To continue your walk until your next stop which is the Cimetière de Montmartre, the proposed itinerary passes near minor points of interest located in the Abbesses district but which are worth knowing. We mention them along the following itinerary.

Turn right on rue Germain Pilon for 20 m, then left on rue des Abbesses for 150 m until you reach rue Tholozé on your right. At n° 10 rue Tholosé, the “Studio 28” is the art house of Montmartre. The hall was imagined by Alexandre Trauner, the creator of the sets of the film Hôtel du Nord.

At n° 5 rue Tourlaque, Toulouse-Lautrec installed Suzanne Valadon as a model behind one of the corner windows. At 80 m a little higher, at n° 22 rue Tourlaque, the facade is covered with Art Nouveau tiles. The interior, protected by a building entry code, is a city of artists: the banal pavilions of the 1889 World’s Fair transformed into half-timbered workshops welcomed Renoir, Derain and Bonnard.

Retrace your steps to rue des Abbesses, then turn right and take the slight left street “Place Anne-Marie Carrière” which becomes further rue Joseph de Mestre until rue Caulaincourt on your left. Then you have an aerial view of a part of the cemetery. At the end of the bridge (75 m) go down the stairs to rue Rachel. The entrance of the Montmartre cemetery is at the bottom of the stairs, at 20 rue Rachel.

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Cimetière de Montmartre
20 avenue Rachel
75018 Paris
Tel. +33 (0) 1 53 42 36 30

cimetiere.montmartre@paris.fr
https://www.paris.fr/

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 16″ N 2° 19′ 49 E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88535 2.33105

Access

  • Metro – Place de Clichy Station – Lines 2 and 13
  • Bus – 30, 31, 54, 56, 80, 85, 95
  • Velib station at 180 m

Short description

The Montmartre cemetery, officially the cemetery of the North, opened in 1825. It is the third largest necropolis in Paris, after Père Lachaise and Montparnasse. Its surface area is 11 hectares.

Nestled on the side of the Butte Montmartre, it offers a 20 m difference in level and a remarkable view of the capital. 21,500 graves are gathered there in the shade of almost 800 trees – 38 different species, mainly maples, to which are added a few chestnut trees, lime trees and thuyas.

They are numerous over the almost 200 years that this cemetery exists. Some, famous in their time are now forgotten. You will find a no-exhaustive list of them in the detailed description. Here is a short list with the adresses of the tombs (by street) :

  • tombe of Edgar Degas – Av. de Montebello,
  • tombe of Michel Berger et France Gall – Av. de la Croix,
  • tomb of Stendhal – 8 Rue Camille Tahan,
  • tombe André-Marie Ampère – 8 Rue Camille Tahan,
  • tombe de Louise Weber, dite La Goulue – 20 Av. Rachel, 75018 Paris
  • Cénotaphe d’Émile Zola – 14 Av. Dubuisson,
  • tombe de Berlioz – Av. Cordier, (Ave Hector Berlioz),
  • tombe of François Truffaut – 22 Rue Joseph de Maistre,
  • tombe d’Alexandre Dumas fils – Av. de Montebello,

More details on Montmartre Cemetery in English or in French

  • The exceptional location of the Montmartre cemetery
  • Origin of the cemetery
  • History of the Montmartre Cemetery
  • The problem of cemeteries in Paris (Intras-mural)
  • Personalities buried in the Montmartre cemetery
  • Plan du cimetière de Montmartre et liste des personnalités qui y repose

To continue your walk dans le cimetière de Montmartre, vous avez besoin du plan de localisation des tombes. Vous trouverez ces deux informations en cliquant sur “More details on Montmartre Cemetery in English or in French”.

From the entrance of the cemetery, to go to the tomb of the singer Dalida which is the next step of this walk, you just have to continue the Rachel street which continues in the cemetery, up to the roundabout at 50 m. Then take on the right, pass under the street /bridge  Caulaincourt you just left, up to the Chemin des Gardes, turn on the left, Dalida’s tomb is at 50 m.

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Cimetière de Montmartre
Tombe de Dalida (18e division)
20 Avenue Rachel
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 11″ N 2° 19′ 57″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88637 2.33244

Access

  • Metro: Abbesses or Lamarck Caulaincourt stations (Line 12)
  • Bus: n°40, n° 80

Short description

Dalida‘s grave is one of the most visited in the cemetery of Montmartre, 35 years after her death. It is indeed on May 3, 1987 that she gave herself death in her house of the Bute Montmartre, 11 bis rue d’Orchampt, located at 250 m in direction of the Place du Tertre. Her name of singer is Dalida and that of her civil status Iolanda Christina Gigliotti.

More details on Dalida’s grave in English or in French

  • The circumstances of Dalida’s death
  • The depression of Dalida which leads to death
  • Funeral and burial of Dalida
  • Dramas and disappointments have marked the life of Dalida
  • Marriages and lives in couple with no future to her
  • A short-lived hope in his love life
  • The adventure with Lucio, abortion and sterility
  • Life goes on to better hurt her
  • A companion finally cumbersome
  • Dalida and political commitment
  • Places and monuments in the name of Dalida

Leave the cemetery where you arrived (Rue Rachel) and continue on this street, at 100 m, turn left Boulvard de Clichy, the Moulin Rouge is at 80 m.

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Moulin Rouge
82 Boulevard de Clichy
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 03″N 2° 19′ 56″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.87403 2.33265

Access

  • Metro: line 2 (Blanche station)
  • Bus: 30 / 54 / 68 / 74
  • Parking: Clichy-Montmartre – 12 Rue Forest, 75018 Paris – Rédélé Parking – 11 Rue Forest, 75018 Paris

Short description

Moulin-Rouge Show is a Parisian cabaret founded in 1889 by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, who already owned the cabaret Olympia. The Moulin Rouge celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1989.
Located on the boulevard de Clichy, some 250 m from the Place Pigalle in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, at the foot of the Montmartre hill, its style and name have been imitated and borrowed by other cabarets around the world. Its dance symbol is the French Cancan.

More details on Moulin Rouge in English or in French

  • The context of Montmartre at the birth of the Moulin-Rouge Show
  • The birth of the Moulin-Rouge Show
  • The show for all, ahead of its time
  • The artists of Montmartre
  • The party and the French Cancan, an English dance!
  • French-Cancan dancers of international renown
  • The start and the great moments of the Moulin-Rouge Show
  • Period “operettas and big shows”
  • The “Mistinguett” period at the Moulin-Rouge Show
  • The post-Mistinguett. The Moulin-Rouge Show adapts itself
  • 1962-1988: prosperity and continuity always in the variety
  • Since the centenary of the Moulin-Rouge Show
  • The Moulin Rouge revues over the years
  • The Moulin Rouge again…
  • The records of the Moulin Rouge

Continue on Boulevard de Clichy, cross the Place Blanche, your new point of interest the Villa des Platanes is 200 m away and the Cité du midi 30 m further.

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Villa-des-Platanes
58 boulevard de Clichy
75018 Paris

Cité-du-Midi
48 boulevard de Clichy
75018 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 53′ 01″ N 2° 20′ 09″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88393 2.33597

Access

  • The distance between the Villa-des-Platanes and the Cité-du-Midi is about 50 m.
  • Metro : Blanche station (line 2) and Pigalle station (lines 2 and 12)
  • Bus 40, 54, N02

Short description

Villa-des-Platanes and Cité-du-Midi : two spaces not to be missed on the way from Place Blanche to Place Pigalle, two green and original cul-de-sacs for the neighborhood that overlook Boulevard de Clichy:

  • at 58, La Villa-des-Platanes, an upscale 19th century building complex and green space
  • and 50 m further on, at 48, La Cité-du-Midi, a green corner with a country charm

These two totally different and opposed spaces meet in their originality in this otherwise famous tourist district of Pigalle.

More details on Villa-des-Platanes and Cité-du-Midi   in English or in French

  • The Villa-des-Platanes
    • An incongruity in the heart of the Montmartre of the party
    • What you can see from the Villa-des-Platanes from the Boulevard de Clichy
    • What you can’t see from Boulevard de Clichy
    • Origin of the Villa des Platanes
    • Episode of the Paris Commune (1870)
  • La Cité-du-Midi
    • Origin and charm of the impasse Cité-du-Midi
    • Guided tour of the most unusual buildings with their history

Continue in the same direction on Boulevard de Clichy. The Place de Pïgalle is 100 m away.

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Place Pigalle (Square)
Pigalle Quarter
Place du Quartier Saint Georges
75009 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ‘, “) 48° 52′ 26″ N 2° 20′ 15″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.88239 2.33701

Access

  • Metro: lines 2 and 12 – Pigalle or Anvers station (Equal distance from La Cigale)
  • By bus : get off at Rochechouart – Martyrs – Lines 30, 54, 67
  • Vélib’ : terminal in front of la Cigale. There is a bicycle path all along the boulevard Rochechouart

Short description

The Pigalle Quarter is the name of a district of Paris, located around the Pigalle square, it includes the streets located on both sides of the boulevards of Clichy and Marguerite-de-Rochechouart, and extends on the 9th and 18th districts. The square is named after the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (1714-1785).

The district is renowned for being a tourist mecca (it is located at the foot of the Montmartre hill). Even if the time when mobsters, policemen and clients met in Pigalle seems long gone, there are still some sex shops and specialized bars. However, the nightclubs, the famous cabarets, the multicolored and neon signs that give the image of a hot district are for many today a decor for tourists.

More détails on Pigalle in English or in French

  • Pigalle Quarter, a tourist area
  • The history of Pigalle Quarter starts in 1881
  • The arrival of the “criminal underworld” in the Pigalle Quarter
  • The kingpins of the white slave trade
  • The golden age of Pigalle Quarter between 1930 and 1960
  • Films shot in or about Pigalle
  • The song and Pigalle
  • Literature on Pigalle

Place Pigalle is the last point of interest of this Walk Museum of Montmartre to Pigalle via Moulin-Rouge. We hope you have enjoyed the information we have put together in this walk. But we can also be wrong and we would be grateful if you could report any errors, shortcomings or others using the feedback form.

We remind you that we have at your disposal more than “20 walks in Paris“. Each walk ends where the next one begins, which allows us to cover all the different tourist areas. And we can eventually include in the itinerary of the walk the address of your hotel as a departure and/or return point (on request)

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