Montmartre – Batignolles

    Montmartre’s artistic and idyllic atmosphere attracts romantic souls from all over the world. Although in the past this Paris neighborhood was home to painters including Monet, Renoir, Picasso, and Van Gogh, today, the area is mostly inhabited by crowds of tourists, though it still retains its charm. The must-see Sacré Cœur Basilica resides atop the Butte Montmartre and the surrounding streets offer unbeatable views as well as plenty of cafés and restaurants. Just west of this famous hill lies Les Batignolles, an area with an exceptional park and calm café culture which was also home to several important artists including Manet, Verlaine, and Zola.

    Montmartre – Batignolles Neighborhood, Paris.

My life in the Neighborhood

Tucked away on the far edges of the quiet 17th arrondissement, Batignolles is a respite from the busy touristy attractions of Paris. A residential neighborhood home to many young families, it's reminiscent of a small town with its sleepy streets, a church, and a beautiful park - the Square des Batignolles.

I used to perch myself on a bench with a good sandwich from a boulangerie (whichever one I spotted on the road), and after a few minutes of basking in the peaceful scenery of those green lawns, wild flowers, ponds, a waterfall, and families taking their kids and dogs for a walk, I would forget I lived in the city.

I had an apartment on Rue Cardinet, so it was just a straight walk through the train tracks to get to the square. Batignolles has a village feel, and is less popular than other parts of town like Le Marais, so you'll be pleasantly amused without the stress of having to share the sidewalks with hordes of people.

I loved perusing the boutiques in the area (though I might add a tad more expensive than the norm). As for restaurants, there’s a host of delectable international cuisine to explore from Chinese to Middle Eastern to Italian. For those fans of the “Mamma” chain, there’s a Mamma Primi on Rue des Dames. This same street is dotted with contemporary bars for an evening of cocktails among friends - and this is the best part about Paris. Every neighborhood has its charm.

By Karina    
  • Sacré Coeur - Montmartre
  • Streets of Montmartre
  • Paris Square des Batignolles

Neighborhood Staples

  • Sacré Coeur

    Climb to the top of the butte Montmartre and visit the Sacré Coeur Basilica

  • Enjoy panoramic views of Paris from the lookout in front of Sacré Coeur

  • Wander the winding streets behind the basilica to see the Montmartre vineyard and snap a photo of La Maison Rose

  • Have a drink at the Café des Deux Moulins, famously featured in the movie Amélie

  • Square des Batignolles

    Relax in the Square des Batignolles. Lay on the lawn and listen to the sound of the stream that runs through the park


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