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18TH ARRONDISSEMENT OF PARIS GUIDE: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Welcome to the 18th Arrondissement of Paris:

18th-Arr-Place-du-TertreIf you’re looking for things to do on your next trip to Paris, the spectacular sights to see ‘city on the hill’ of Montmartre and the Sacré Cœur are sure to be high on your list. After you’ve taken in the expansive views that this district has to offer, indulged in a croissant at one of the many outdoor cafes and had your face sketched by a local artist, you will soon come to realise that you’ve only just scraped the surface of the attractions that this region overlooking the city of lights, arguably one of the most bustling in Paris, has to offer. This region, known for its historic artistry and village style atmosphere has a wide range of things to see and do which cater to all delights.

Explore the district on foot!

It won’t cost you a euro to do a self-guided walking tour of the historic village atmosphere. Be sure to visit some of the many famous former art studios on your way, and of course pass by the Moulin Rouge, take in the panoramic views from the Sacré Cœur and view the works of local artists at the Place du Tertre as you wind your way down cobblestone streets to gardens, churches and old houses en route towards the infamous red light district. If you prefer to have a little more structure to your stroll, book a walking tour to explore the district, join a tip supported free tour for some local insight into the history of the area. If you’re short on time take a ride on the Petit Train de Montmartre which allows you to experience the region on a 40 minute guided tour.

Satisfy your appetite…

18th-Arr-Basilica-of-Sacre-Coeur-in-ParisIt is not by accident that the terms most widely attached with dining, ‘cuisine’ and ‘appetite’ come from this country. Food and culture abound in the 18th arrondissement and you won’t have to venture too far find something to delight. And the best thing is fine food does not necessarily have to equate to pricey. Make your way to the patisserie at Les Petits Mitrons where you can choose a few of the artisan fruit tarts, pies and quiches from the mouth-watering selection on offer to replenish your energy before continuing to explore the city. Or for a light lunch, head to the popular Chez Léon, where you will be greeted by charming and friendly staff serving old fashioned French style cuisine.

And if that doesn’t seem like enough to fill you up, join a three hour gastronomy tour which will allow you to taste culinary specialties and engage with the locals as you wander through the quaint streets of the Montmartre region with a knowledgeable and friendly guide explaining its history and architecture.

Make it a night to remember

The area saw a surge in popularity after the release of director Baz Luhrmann’s film, Moulin Rouge. Find out what the buzz was about for yourself by booking tickets in advance for dinner and a show at the iconic cabaret venue of the same name. It’s sure to be a memorable and entertaining evening in a lively and exciting atmosphere.

Or what better way to experience the beautiful ‘City of Lights’ than by a private tour at night? Ride in a classic Citroen on an hour long drive as you sip champagne and gaze at the illuminated buildings and stunning sights.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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