Friday, November 1, 2013

A perfect day in Montmartre DIY Tour

Spend a Petite Perfect Day in Montmartre, Paris!
Petite Paris’ must see, do, eat and drink places in the romantic village of Montmartre. Like a little Paris within Paris, this is Paris’ famous artistic neighbourhood! Forgoing the touristic places away from the ‘Amelie’ strip, to discover some secret gems in this region of Paris not typically covered in guidebooks!

Start with a delicious French Breakfast:
9am Go to MARCEL CAFÉ – a New York style local institution in a quiet residential area serves one of the best breakfasts in all of Paris, with special brunch menu on the weekends. Rub shoulders with les Parisians here. 1 Villa Leandre 75018 

On a fully happy belly walk the streets slowly:
10am On the same corner as Café Marcel see VILLA LEANDRE - A discreet street named after local comedian Charles Leandre. It is one of the quietest and expensive streets in Paris where you will find yourself in a world that does not resemble Paris. Houses built in the Anglo-Saxon style with traditional front gardens, ceramic items, steps, and lanterns giving a feeling of a British island atmosphere. Sit on pavement or a bench and enjoy the fairytale image - its very impressive. Villa Leandre 75018 

Slowly but surely:
10.30am Keep strolling 20m ahead of Café Marcel and Villa Leandre to SQUARE SUZANNE BUISSON – This small square is hidden from the public eye. Most tourists never hear of this square or even see it, unknowingly walking past the entry steps as it sits elevated above Rue Junot. An area terraced in 1951 in art deco style it has a statue of St Denis in the centre of the garden, a children’s playground and fresh open space and benches to be still for a Montmartre moment. 7 bis Girardon 75018

On to a dreamy Tea-scape:
11.00am Discover the AMOUR CAFÉ @ HOTEL PARTICULIER – A café between lovers in a stunning garden tearoom that’s a hidden secret, in a cozy nook that’s unseen from the street. This is a tranquil space and a celebrity haunt. Order a croissant and spend a moment cooing at each other and the birds.  23 Ave Junot 75018 

Some retail loving:
12.00pm Move on to RUE LA VIEUVILLE and RUE des MARTYRS for a colorful mix of unique designer, vintage, boutique, home ware and stationary retail stores. Note: La Boutique Noir, Chine Machine, Les Chaise Lounge, Maje, Les Petites and Antoine et Lili. Rue La Vieuville

‘Walk’ up an appetite:
1.30pm Walk to the back of the Sacre Coeur for Lunch @ LE GABINA small, family-run, restaurant in an unassuming street. Any weary visitor who has just braved the bustle at the Basilica and prefers to shy away from the crowded chaos, will breath a sigh of relief at this intimate, non touristy, haven. Classic French fare is on the menu, delicious and inexpensive. 20euro for appetizer, main course and wine or dessert. 25 Rue Lambert 75018 

A Romance Museum:
3pm Walk to and explore the Museum and gardens @ MUSEE DE LA VIE ROMANTIQUE – A tribute to the 18th-19th Century French Romanticism, the quaint, free permanent exhibition museum stands at the foot of Montmartre Hill in a 1830s hotel particular facing two twin-studios, a greenhouse, a small garden not to be missed and a paved courtyard. 16 Rue Chaptal 75009 

Get an eye-full of the Eiffel
5pm Aperitif hour @ TERRASS HOTEL – Sip on cocktails at the elegant rooftop terrace restaurant with stunning views of the Paris panorama rooftops and be dazzled by the light show the Eiffel Tower occurring each hour on the hour. 12 Rue Joseph de Maistre 75018 

Bon appetite:
7pm A short walk to Dinner @ CAFÉ BOURQ – another local hot spot, this is a funky Monmartre Bistro open late, Parisians love this small convivial eatery.  Modern French deliciousness awaits, decently priced. 6 rue Bourq 75018

French cinema to end the Magic of Montmatre:
9.30pm Enjoy a movie at independent art house cinema STUDIO 28 CINE. Featuring the latest French blockbusters. Warning: French only/no subtitles. 10 Rue Tholoze 75018 

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