75004 Paris, France
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Montmartre is a bustling, lively, artsy historic neighborhood in the 18th arrondissment. Situated atop a high hill, it's a place where tourists and locals rub shoulders; where you can enjoy a neighborhood park or spent a fortune on silly souvenirs; visit a museum; buy artwork from one of the many street vendors; and enjoy the people watching as your kids drink steaming hot chocolate so delicious you'll be sure it was made from melting the finest chocolate bars. Once a completely agricultural area known for its vineyards, here adventure and nightlife abound.
Babies: Little neighborhood parks with swings and slides are easily stumbled upon in Montmartre.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Will enjoy bounding up and down the stone steps (and they'll go much faster than you), checking out the sidewalk cafés, and riding the funicular
School-Age Kids: Take the funicular from the foot of Mont Martre (rue Tardieu) to Sacre Coeur, which gives you a fantastic view of the city then walk down the quaint stair streets after you explore the summit.
- Take the Metro (and prepare to walk… a lot). You can walk to the top of Montmartre from Metro Anvers or Abbesses. Though Abbesses is a longer hike, it is passes several nice cafes and shops, where you can cool your heels on the way.
- Don't go at night. Bustling by day, a different element (and one you don't want to expose your kids to) takes over at night. Paris police recommend tourists avoid Place Pigalle and Place Clichy at night.
- If you like trees. Visit the cemetery, which has an arboretum inside.
- La Basilique du Sacre Coeur. Part of the charm of Montmartre is meandering the streets and going where the wind blows you, but if you can't live without a tourist fix, the Sacre Coeur Basilica is a gorgeous 19th-century basilica that has beautiful mosaics, distinctive white stone façades, and astounding views of the city below.
Just the Facts
Hours: Accessible 24/7
Recommended Time: Half day