Montmartre would have to be one of the most iconic areas of Paris. The Sacre Coeur Basilica, which sits right on top of the hill, gifts some of the most magical views of the French capital. The narrow cobblestone streets are lined with artists and museums, and, if that’s not enough, this arrondissement is chock full of hip and happening watering holes, making bar hopping in Montmartre an effortless and enjoyable experience.
While the area’s popularity may have resulted in some overly-priced tourist traps, we’ve compiled a list of our most adored drinking hot-spots. So book an apartment in Montmartre, take the worry out of your planning, and head to one of these bars for a drinking experience with a difference.
Café la Fourmi, 74 rue des Martyrs
This trendy little gem is one of those places that’s hard to find, but impossible to forget. The unassuming front entrance, on Rue de Martyrs, is a dead giveaway that this is not your usual tourist trap.
Furnished with eccentric wood paneling, Café la Fourmi is the favored watering hole of local painters, musicians and artists in general. It’s a hip and chilled out joint, just perfect for an after-show drink (or two).
Sancerre, 35 Rue des Abbesses
Sancerre is an institution in Montmartre and attracts crowds from all walks of life. The outdoor seating is perfect for a daytime brunch, and provides the perfect pole-position for Paris’ favorite past time: people watching.
The unassuming bar develops a cheeky personality after the sun sets, making it a popular staple with locals and tourists alike. Don’t let the ‘tourist’ thing throw you off however! The best thing about Sancerre is that the mix of people is so extensive; no-one looks at you funny if you order bacon and eggs for breakfast on a Sunday morning!
The food and drinks menus are extensive and reasonably priced; this small family-run business could easily become your favorite bar whilst holidaying in Paris. The décor is gorgeous: rustic murals, paintings and furniture give this small joint a true authentic French feel.
Au Rendez-Vous des Amis, 23 Rue Gabrielle
Now this is one bar we absolutely love! From the Arabic influenced bistro, to the live bands and trendy locals, the Rendez-Vous is definitely one place you don’t want to miss whilst holidaying in Paris. The bar is decorated with innumerable quirky artifacts, you could easily spend hours looking at the paintings and sculptures you may even forget to order a drink!
Get here early to snag a ‘back room’ table and settle in for an interesting night. Chat to locals, order one of every cocktail and savor the very local atmosphere. Boasting friendly staff, great food, drinks, and prices…Au Rendez-Vous des Amis really can’t be beat.
Les 2 Moulins, Rue Lepic 15
Oh yes we know, the ‘two-windmill’ café and bar is about as unknown as the Moulin Rouge or the Eiffel Tower. But there is a very good reason for that! Not only was it the setting for the enchanting French film Amelie Poulain (if you haven’t yet seen it, you really should before you visit Paris!!), but it is one of the longest established cafés in Montmartre, and the local clientele seems not too bothered about the café’s recent thrust into the limelight. On the contrary, they sit rather bemused, and watch as tourist after tourist arrives demanding to sit at Amelie’s table. It is really quite entertaining.
So snag a table, pretend you don’t care about Amelie, and evoke some wonderful cinematic memories on the inside. The bar is open until 2am and is fully stocked. German beer is on tap and the wine list is extensive, with both local and imported brands. The best part of Les 2 Moulins is that all this attention seems to have gone unnoticed with the owners, and prices here are amongst the lowest in Montmartre.