The hilly neighbourhood of Montmartre is famous worldwide, meaning that it probably is better to avoid the Sacré Coeur church and painters’ market surroundings (unless you like to shoot masses of tourists). Nevertheless, wonderful spots are located a few blocks below the top of the hill, mainly around the very buoyant street of rue des Abbesses. This street has some of the ambiance and look of a small French town. Not only will you find crowded terraces located next to food shops displaying their tempting and colorful merchandise, but also fashion and artwork boutiques awaiting for their trendy customers. As Montmartre is famous for its bohemian spirit, you will most probably encounter some street artists here and there, the « La vie en rose » song will have no more secrets to you after a while. Moving on upwards to the parallel street des Trois-Frères, you’ll get great views over steep streets and everlasting stairs leading to the top of the hill. Patience will be your best friend as you wait for action to happen in your pre-selected compositions.
Pictures type : Trendy, bohemian, street artists, views over Paris, restaurant terraces, markets, stairs, tiny streets.
Your best lens : 50mm
Favorite spot : Rue des Abbesses
When to go : Lunch time
Must go : The stairs on Rue des Trois Frères.
Metro Station : Clichy or Pigalle
Map of area
Sample shots (click on pictures to enlarge)