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Dynamic Paris Day Two - Montmartre Stroll, Dinner, and Paris Cabaret
A winding cobblestone street in village-like Montmartre.

A winding cobblestone street in village-like Montmartre.

© 2006 Ashley Byock

Next stop: Montmartre

Directions: Take metro line 2, "direction Porte Dauphine" from Belleville to Anvers. Walk up Rue Steinkerque until you see an imposing hill with a white basilica atop it-- the infamous Sacre Coeur.

  • The steep cobblestone streets, ivy-covered buildings, and charming cafes of Montmartre are one of the reasons why Paris retains its aura of quirky artistic charm. While many places around Montmartre have become tourist traps, plenty of authentic nooks remain-- and let's face it, the touristy spots are essential, too. Get lost in Montmartre. You won't likely regret it.

Places to explore:

  • Sacre Coeur basilica: the exterior and panoramic views of Paris are best.
  • Place du Tertre: Giants of modern art once sold their paintings on this square.
  • Le Moulin de la Galette: Montmartre's famous windmill reveals the district's village roots
  • Le Bateau Lavoir: Pablo Picasso once had his studio here, and other French avant-garde luminaries met here regularly.

Final stop: Dinner and Cabaret at the Moulin Rouge or La Bonne Franquette

Directions: To get to the Moulin Rouge, either take the metro line 2 at Anvers one stop to the Blanche station, or walk from Anvers north down Boulevard de Clichy.
Address and contact info:
82 boulevard de Clichy
Tel: 33 (0) 153.098.282
Reservations are a must.
What better way to culminate two days in the city of light than a classic dinner and cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge? Your stroll in Montmartre should have put you in the mood for a Parisian evening like you've dreamed.

To get to La Bonne Franquette: return to Place de Tertres. The restaurant and cabaret is just behind the plaza, on Rue des Saules.
Address and contact info:
Corner of 2 rue des Saules and 18 rue Saint Rustique
Tel: +33 (0)1.42.52.02.42
La Bonne Franquette is another Montmartre bistro and cabaret worth spending an evening at.

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