What to do in the 18th arrondissement of Paris
The 18th arrondissement offers some of the most spectacular views of Paris from its setting on a hill. The area’s village-like charm attracts plenty of visitors eager to embrace its abundance of restaurants, patisseries, coffee shops and bakeries. Discover the best things to do in the 18th arrondissement here
Place du Tertre
The cobbled and tree-lined streets of the place du Tertre are famous all over the world as a hub for painters and artists. It is a popular place for residents of the 18th arrondissement and visitors alike, who come to the quaint square to enjoy one of Paris’s most famous spots at the heart of Montmartre. Have lunch at one of the local restaurants or sit and have your portrait painted by one of the many artists – a great souvenir of your visit to the city.
Place du Tertre, 75018 Paris
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre
Known as the smallest hotel in Paris, Hotel Particular Montmartre is a hidden gem. Located within a private garden, between the famous avenue Junot and rue Lepic, the hotel has an air of exclusivity and charm. It has five suites, each individually and beautifully decorated, and the vibrant and cosy restaurant is the perfect place to escape the crowds.
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, 23 avenue Junot, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)1 5341 8140
Spree is among the city’s leading concept stores. The gallery and fashion outlet is the perfect place to shop in the 18th arrondissement, with all items carefully edited and hand-picked to include both designer and vintage pieces. Brands include Marc Jacobs, Pierre Hardy, Acne Studios and MM6, and there is an impressive selection of vintage and contemporary designer furniture.
Spree, 16 rue la Vieuville, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)1 4223 4140
Located just a couple of minutes from the Gare du Nord station, Café Lomi is the perfect place to begin your stay in Paris. The café was originally a roasting atelier before it expanded into a coffee bar, and now offers terrific coffee in an original setting. Serving a variety of single-origin beans from Central America and Africa, as well as house blends, this is a true hotspot for discerning coffee lovers.
Café Lomi, 3 rue Marcadet, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)9 8039 5624
Basilique de Sacré-Cœur du Montmartre
The Sacré-Cœur is one of the most iconic buildings in Paris and is visible from many spots around the city. Its front steps offer one of the best panoramic views of Paris and energetic visitors can also climb to the top of the central dome for stunning views of the city. The basilica is open every day from 6am to 10.30pm.
Basilique de Sacré-Cœur du Montmartre, 35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)1 5341 8900
Le Mur des Je t’Aime
Paris’s historic Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge has long been a place for couples to show their love and the 18th arrondissement has an equally romantic location. The Mur des Je t’Aime (Wall of Love) is a must-see for couples from all over the world. The mural features the words ‘I love you’ written in 250 languages and is one of the sweetest monuments in the city.
Le Mur des Je t’Aime, square Jehan-Rictus, place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)6 5218 0172
La Mascotte is one of the oldest restaurants in the 18th arrondissement. Established in the 1800s, the restaurant is a great place to take in Paris’s traditional bistro cuisine and customers can dine on oysters and mussels, as well as seafood platters. The décor is formal but the atmosphere and friendly staff make this a welcoming place for lunch or dinner.
La Mascotte, 52 rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)1 4606 2815