Party Earth Review Montmartre’s cobblestoned Rue du Steinkerque, which leads past countless little cafés, brasseries, and shops selling everything from football jerseys to watercolors of quaint Paris scenes, finally deposits trekkers at... ... read full review
Parvis du Sacré-Coeur
Dawn to dusk
Montmartre - 18eme, Paris –
Montmartre’s cobblestoned Rue du Steinkerque, which leads past countless little cafés, brasseries, and shops selling everything from football jerseys to watercolors of quaint Paris scenes, finally deposits trekkers at Sacré-Coeur Basilica, the stunning white cathedral perched on top of a hill overlooking the city.
Visitors will want to climb the stairs up to the castle-like basilica to get the full effect of this spired masterpiece of architecture, and then continue their climb into the dome to enjoy a spectacular view from the highest point in Paris.
On the way back down, they can stop at the special viewing deck to peer through the binoculars there or, in the summer, join the scores of sunbathers lounging on the sloping lawns along the steps.
On some weekends, there may even be a small market on the cathedral level where local vendors sell French pastries and candy, and there are always local street performers to provide music and entertainment.
Although the area draws many international tourists, it is still a vibrant community and is usually just as full of Parisians going about their daily lives.
In fact, the area surrounding Sacré-Coeur has much to offer, so visitors should allow some time for aimless wandering – and at sunset, join the crowds as they gather to watch the lights of Paris begin to twinkle.
There’s so much to do and see in this area for people who are willing to wander a bit. Merely a few blocks west of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica is the Place du Tertre, a famous square where many artists gather and offer on-the-spot portraits. Anyone in the mood for French cabaret can check out one of the numerous affordable venues in the area.
Locals and travelers of all ages.
Street performers and musicians.
Cafés and restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood.
Funicular to the top €2.50.
On a clear, sunny day or at dusk.
For €5, patrons can jump on the Petit Train de Montmartre, just to the left of Sacré-Coeur, for a 35-minute train tour around the entire hillside.