Street photography spots IV : Rue des Abbesses – Montmartre


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 TroisFrères, 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)  










4 Responses to “Street photography spots IV : Rue des Abbesses – Montmartre”

  1. Suzy dit :

    Sadly, I am not in any of your photos, but if I were to hide within any one of them it would be inside the heart of the little girl looking through the CD case. Precious.

  2. Ania dit :

    I love the last two pictures. In the third, I like the girl in the right corner. So lovely. We can hear the sound. :-)

  3. dishio dit :

    The last photo is fantastic.