If you’re looking for the traditionalist street views of the idyllic Parisian lifestyle – head to the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. Simple!Situated on the edge of the city of Paris; the 18th arrondissement is famed for the iconic Moulin Rouge, but also houses the beautiful monument of the Sacre Coeur. And it is the steep cobbled streets spiralling down from the impressive structure that will offer you a truly memorable Parisian experience!After a day at the Paris Flea Markets (which trust me – you need all day for) which is generally thought to be the biggest flea market in the world (I will definitely be making time for another visit in the future), we were only a stone’s throw from Montmartre!
(If you want more info on the particular French flea market that we journeyed to, check out a detailed review with tips, here!)
So we made a swift change in the metro and emerged into the evening light of the 18th arrondissement, to explore and find dinner!Sacre Coeur sits proudly atop the highest point in the Paris area, and for good reason! The immense building is a must-see on any Paris goers list!
The structure sitting atop the ‘Mount of Martyrs’, which has been considered a place of worship from the Druids of ancient Gaul, through the proceeding religions to the Sacre Coeur that stands today. The ‘Sacred Heart of Christ’ can be thought of as more than its religious appropriation and move of an over encapsulating symbol overlooking Paris from its highest point.The views are spectacular, and incredibly satisfying if you’ve been dashing around the city for a couple of day already and can spot areas and landmarks you know!After getting our fill of the view at Sacre Coeur, and had enough of the other tourists taking photos, we headed back down to the uneven streets of Montmartre…This is the look that I sported for the day of extreme walking, and lots of sunshine! The awkward moment when you are wearing more clothing items belonging to your other half than of your own? (Including; sunnies, top and shoes!)
Top – Zara Men
Jeans – Cheap Monday
Shoes – Boyfriends (brand unknown)
Sunglasses – Polaroid
Bag – Asos
Here is where the evening became particularly special; I came to Paris roughly two years prior, and was lucky enough to stay in the Montmartre area during my visit. On one of the nights, at the end of my visit, we went to a small eatery that I have not stopped thinking about since that visit.
Without maps, or google, I was able to navigate us directly to the restaurant. Solely on memory of good food, and amazing rustic atmosphere – two year later – we arrived at the door of La Taverne de Montmartre!We were a little early for the opening (it’s doors open at 6:00pm, but food isn’t ready to start serving until 6:30pm), and so popped to the open bar next door to grab some red wine before dinner.When at any restaurants and eateries in Paris (or any city you’re travelling to) try and sit outside. Most of the time the weather is pleasurable, and taking in your surroundings helps you appreciate truly where you are!Once we were seated in La Taverne I explained that we would definitely be choosing the set menu for 20euro.
(There is also an option for a 15euro set menu, as well as general items you can pick and choose like any other restaurant.)The 20euro set menu includes; aperitif, starter, main, cheese board and dessert!
I explained to my other half, that it really does not matter what you pick from the menu – anything you could possibly chose would be delicious!For our starters we chose the soup of the day (which happened to be an delicious fish soup) and a portion of the escargot (snails!), which anyone who listens to French stereotypes will know is a must!For our mains we chose another fish dish, and I knew I had to have the same lamb rump that I had been lucky enough to feast on upon my first visit! (Our desserts were the chocolate brownie. We’re stubborn and don’t like to share.)
For the second time in two years, everything was divine!La Taverne de Montmartre is a must visit in my opinion. And I know that I will make the metro journey over to Montmartre again just so I can eat at this joint!If you need more convincing – remember that the area itself is beautiful to wander around, and of course you can visit the surrounding small eateries around the Sacre Coeur for snacks during daytime wanderings. Plus; this same area is extremely close for anyone who wants to visit the Moulin Rouge!