There are many places in Paris that you can admire both the finest French architect and the city panorama. Montmartre is such an attraction.
It is located in 18th district, offering sweeping view toward Sein river and Eiffel tower. In my opinion, the site is best for a half day sightseeing. These are some options you could do in the area divided by day time and night time :
There are many ways to access Montmartre including a little train ride, car drive and metro.
The most common method is to stop at Metro line 2, station Anvers. From here, you can follow the crowd to ascend the hill. Another station is Abbess at line 12. It is a less touristic way with park encounters.
There are 4 buses that have stop right at the foot of the basilica. Bus numbers are 30 – 31 – 80 – 85
My tips : take a subway line 4 until Chateau Rouge than walk to Park Square Louise Michel, ascend by the other side of City park Nadar, a perfect spot for photography.
Important Notes – Avoid the Scam
I think there are many report about the matter of scam at the foothill of Montmartre yet I prefer to repeat it so you will not face any harassment upon arrival.
When you climb up the hill, there are dozens of black men who offer free bracelet. They will certainly tell you it is free, do not believe that ! the trouble will come right after a minute when they asked for money. If you do not know how to handle the situation simply say “j’habite à Paris” ( za bit a paris ) which means ” I live in Paris”
Sometimes, in front the cathedral, there are some girls asking you to sign on their paper. It seems like you give your support for an organization but in turns out to be a trap that you sign to give them money. Again, learn how to say ” no” in this case.
The basilica opens at 6.30am and closes at 10.30pm.
Visiting Sacré-Cœur is free of charge like many religious sites in France.
For more details, you can visit the official website at http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com
Morning Visit Idea
To start your morning in Montmartre, I suggest you make a visit to the Basilica for 30 minutes then keep a little time to shoot the panorama of Paris.
If you arrive at the market day, make sure you try the cheese stall with some grape and bread – a typical French way.
Head to the main square right at the back of the basilica for a coffee stop.
To pick a souvenir of this square, invest in a painting is a brilliant idea.
For brunch : Try Hardware Société. This restaurant has a fusion of French and Australian delicacies.