Welcome to the most “village-like” district of North-West Paris where you can wander as you please in the gentle family-friendly Batignolles district, immerse yourself in the joyful and popular Epinettes-Clichy Triangle, and climb to the top of Montmartre to enjoy an outstanding view over Paris.
Walking in the streets, alleys and cul-de-sac, you may encounter some famous figures who wrote many of the most beautiful pages of the literary, artistic and industrial worlds of the past two centuries.
“Cité des Fleurs” (City of Flowers), Batignolles Square, “Cinéma des Cinéastes” (art-house cinema), etc… All these charming spots are to be discovered following the circuit proposed by the Paris Information Office.
Montmartre and the Sacré Cœur Basilica
From your guest room in Cité des Fleurs, you can walk up to the heart of Montmartre district, a hotspot of French artistic life and paradise for painters. A change of scenery is guaranteed in this district with its steep streets bordered with small shops and animated by artists and craftsmen. Craving a little snack or thirsty for a drink? Not a problem! Restaurants, cafés and colourful bars offer a wide choice. And don’t forget to walk up to the top of Montmartre to visit the Sacré Coeur Basilica, one of the most famous monuments in Paris built from 1875, and enjoy an impressive panoramic view of the whole of Paris.
The bottom of Montmartre is also accessible by bus – line 54, stop at Anvers – Sacré Cœur.
You may prepare your visit using this website.
To know more about life in Montmartre and its most famous artists, do not miss the museum installed in the Maison du Bel Air, the oldest house in Montmartre, built in the seventeenth century (12 Cortot Street).
Jacquemart André museum – 158 Haussmann Boulevard, Paris 8th – Miromesnil station
This 19th century mansion was originally the house of a French art lover André and his wife (born Jacquemart) who progressively gathered one of the most remarkable private collections of paintings, sculptures, tapestries and works of art in Paris. After they died, and in accordance to their wishes, the mansion was bequeathed to the Institute of France and the museum was opened to the public in 1913. It is worth visiting the museum, for its permanent collection and to learn about the way of life in a large grand-bourgeois house decorated and furnished according to the era’s trends.
For all useful information, including on temporary exhibitions, visit the official website.
Nissim de Camondo museum – 63 Monceau Street, Paris 8th – Villiers or Monceau station
Located nearby Monceau Park close to the Jacquemart André Museum, the Nissim de Camondo Museum, opened in 1912, houses an outstanding collection of 19th century French furniture and works of art in a rich grand-bourgeois estate, preserved as it stood in the beginning of the 20th century
The “Marché aux Puces” market of Saint-Ouen (opened Saturday, Sunday and Monday).
30 Gabriel Péri Avenue, 93400 Saint-Ouen – Porte de Clignancourt or Garibaldi station
Created in 1870 when the rag-pickers of Paris settled along the Saint-Ouen fortifications, the “Marché aux Puces” market has the largest concentration of antique and vintage dealers in the world. This true institution in Paris is definitely worth a visit. Comprising 15 covered and open air markets, there is something for all tastes and at all prices: high value furniture, paintings, and works of art, as well as old records, etchings, toys, posters, books, photographs and other curious items. A truly atypical atmosphere in an unusual world at the gates of Paris!
Several restaurants and cafés are available for lunches or drinks.
Other sites to be visited in Paris
From you guest room in Cité des Fleurs, you may access the following spots directly by foot or public transport:
- Etoile Place and Arc de Triomphe : bus 31, stop at Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
- Champs Elysées Avenue: métro 13, Champs Elysées-Clémenceau station
- Seine river and Invalides Museum : métro 13, Invalides station
- Opéra : bus 66, stop at Opéra
- Le Louvre : bus 74, stop at Le Louvre-Rivoli
- Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame Cathedral : bus 74, stop at Chatelet
- Forum des Halles and Georges Pompidou Museum : bus 74, stop at Coquillière-Les Halles
- Bassin de la Villette and Canal de l’Ourcq : bus 54, stop at Quai de la Seine-Stalingrad
Martin Luther King Park – 147 Cardinet Street, Paris 17th
In the vicinity of Cité des Fleurs, the new Martin Luther King Park offers 6.5ha of green space to rest or to stretch your legs. Its resolutely contemporary layout has been designed around three themes: the seasons, according to which plants and species are selected; sports, with many game areas for all ages; water, with a biotope basin, wet moats and a canal. A rich and varied ecosystem in the heart of Paris.
Batignolles Square – 144 bis Cardinet Street, Paris 17th
Close to Martin Luther King Park, the Batignolles Square is a nice English-style garden created at the request of Napoleon III during the Second Empire. Slightly hilly, it is planted with beautiful trees, including four huge plane-trees planted in 1840 and 1880 that are among the highest in Paris!
Monceau Park – Courcelles Boulevard, Paris 8th – Malesherbes station
Monceau Park was designed at the end of the 18th century, under the leadership of the Duke of Chartres. Bordered with high standing buildings and majestic mansions, including the Cernushi museum (Asian arts), it is one of the most elegant parks in Paris. Once past the large gates, you are immersed in a green ocean of amazing trees strewn with statues and neo-classical architectural elements. This park is the one where André-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute jump in history in 1797, leaping from a hot air balloon.
Going out in Paris
The Moulin Rouge cabaret – 82 Clichy Boulevard, Paris 18th – Blanche station
A testimony of the Belle Époque founded at the end of the 19th century, Moulin Rouge is one of the most renowned cabarets in Paris, made famous by painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who used to hire its two main female stars as models. It is located on Clichy Boulevard, at the bottom of Montmartre. The sumptuous shows with its well-known French-Cancan are an absolute must.
Pathé Wepler Cinema (Multiplex) – 140 Clichy Boulevard, Paris 9th – Place de Clichy station
“Cinéma des Cinéastes” (art-house cinema) – 7 Clichy Avenue, Paris 17th – Place de Clichy station
Listening to classical music
Salle Cortot – 78 Cardinet Street, Paris 17th – Monceau station or by bus line 31
A 400-seat concert hall built in 1929 in the Art Déco style at the request of Alfred Cortot, one of the greatest pianists of the first part of the 20th century and an exceptional pedagogue. A Work of the architect Auguste Perret, its modernity and amazing acoustics come from the reinforced concrete structure and the okoume wood covering the walls.
Classified as a historic monument, it houses the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris. Tickets may be bought online or on site (only for same-day concerts). For further information, visit the official website.
Rex Club – 5 Poissonnière Boulevard, Paris 2th
After the disco music in the 70’s and rock ‘n roll in the 80’s, Rex Club has been proposing electronic music since 1993; this club, which welcomes French and international DJ’s, is considered one of the hotspots in Paris for techno music.
Program on the official website.