Batignolles & Montmartre
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This walk will take you through artistic, hip, touristy and yet typically French northern Paris. You'll pass by touristy squares and monuments, but also walk through incredibly charming little French streets. From lesser-known Batignolles and the big markets, you'll walk past the Sacré-Coeur and Place du Tertre, and into the famous Montmartre neighborhood.
Batignolles is divided into a somewhat lower class section, and an area for yuppies. Montmartre also has two different types of neighborhoods—one very touristy, and the other typically French. An ideal combination. Despite the crowds that flock to see the sights and gather at Place du Tertre, Montmartre and Batignolles maintain a small-town feel. Originally, these neighborhoods were villages located outside the city limits. Later they were annexed to Paris, but their proud residents retain a sense of independence from the big city.
Pass behind the Sacré-Coeur to reach the rustic part of Montmartre. Here you will find the restaurants where Picasso came to enjoy free meals. Avenue Junot and Villa Léandre are desirable addresses with affluent residents. Stop at one of the many bakeries, where you can often sit down in the store for coffee and a treat. This neighborhood has beautiful shops, with original clothing and souvenirs.
The uphill climb is certainly demanding, but the view is definitely worth it. When you reach the top, you will see the entire city of Paris below. There is no better way to end the day than resting at the top of this hill, and watching the sun set behind all the monumental sights.