With its cobbled streets, majestic Basilica, local artists, and lively bistros Montmartre is bursting with charm. It’s hands down our favorite area to stay in while in Paris. In my mind, it’s one of the dreamiest and loveliest places on Earth. I blame the movie Amélie for my obsession. 🙂 Here are some of our go to places to grab a drink or a meal when we are in the area.
To Grab a Drink
The Café des Deux Moulins takes its name from the two nearby historical windmills, Moulin Rouge and Moulin de la Galette. It’s a great place to have a drink and people watch. This café was also featured in one of my favorite movies, Amélie. I’ve seen this movie some many times I can quote it…in French. The staff is quirky, the drinks are strong and the decor is fantastic. Located at 15 Rue Lepic.
This is one of the first and best beer bars in Paris. We stumbled across this hidden gem back in 2015 during our first trip to Paris and have made a stop in for a pint upon every return. They have a great selection of French beers as well as other breweries in Europe. They recently started serving food at their new and larger location (something good to come out of the pandemic!). We popped in for lunch and the food was SO good as well. Located at 17 Rue Boinod
To Grab a Meal
Oh my yum! If you are looking for delicious, fresh seafood this lovely art deco restaurant is a must. Briny oysters from Cancale? They have them. Seafood towers that Anthony Bourdain would indulge in? You bet! And the best mussels you’ve eaten in a loooooong time. Oui! The staff is also top notch, super nice and knowledgeable about the menu. Located at 52 Rue des Abbesses
With ivy cascading down this timber framed building, it looks like something out of a fairy tale. The food here is amazing and the service is friendly. We’ve enjoyed both lunch and dinner at Le Basilic and were so impressed with both meals. The portions are quite large but make sure to save room for dessert! The Crème brûlée is SO good. Located at 33 Rue Lepic
Great spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch while people watching. It’s not touristy at all and the prices and atmosphere reflect it. The food is classic french and they do a great plat du jour as well. Located at 38 Rue Lepic. (Are you seeing a trend here? It’s one of our favorite streets.)
Le Saint Jean
This is a wonderful spot to grab a bite and an Aperol Spritz! We ate lunch here after checking in to our hotel and the food was just what we were looking for. I had a Croque Monsieur and Andrew had an omelet. Very reasonably priced, delicious food and friendly service. Located at 23 Rue des Abbesses
It may seem strange to see an Italian restaurant on this list but it definitely deserves a mention. This place is quite popular with locals and it can get a little lively while eating outside. We stopped here for a late dinner; excellent service, ambiance and food. Located at 41 Rue Lepic.
Bouillons are typically known for being cheap and festive. This restaurant was recommended by our friends who live in Paris. We weren’t able to dine at La Bouillon de Pigalle because there was a line down the street so we ended up eating elsewhere. It turns out though that the queue moves super fast and we should have just jumped in. Oh well, next time! The food looks delicious and nothing on their menu is more than 13 euros. Located at 22 Boulevard de Clichy.
Sandwiches made with fresh bread and ingredients sourced entirely from France are the staple, but salads, crepes and quiche are also available. You can take your food to go and enjoy it picnic style near Sacré Cœur. Melty raclette with a view? Yes please. Located at 55 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre.
There are so many wonderful restaurants in this area and I’m sure that I’ve left a few out. Paris is one of our favorite places so if you have recommendations let me know! 🙂