There is no doubt that a trip to Montmartre is a great day out for the whole family. Located in North-West Paris, this beautiful, peaceful and exquisite part of Paris showcases quaint, picturesque and colourful houses, great eateries and of course, the magnificent Sacre Coeur.
The summit of Montmarte is where the church is poignantly positioned. Below which, you will find an artists square with musicians, dancers, painters and the expansive and breathtaking views of all of Paris.
It is a steep climb! When you look at the top of the hill from the bottom of the stairs the inevitable question comes to your mind! “Is there another way?”
Luckily, there is. The funicular can take you up to the top for the price of a metro ticket in 3 minutes. Kids love it. Alternatively, get on board The Little train de Montmartre. This is heaven for your offspring. Jump on board opposite the Moulin Rouge and take the trip all the way to Sacre Coeur. En route, you will be given insight into the area and facts about the church – so an informative and fun trip for just €6 for adults and €3.50 for kids. It’s a winner! Go to metro Blanche for easiest access to this train.
Once you’ve travelled on the train, ventured into the church , which is free, and had the children’s portrait done by one of the many artists there. You can sit in the sun on the steps munching sandwiches or venture to one of the many restaurants nearby.
One of our favourite places is La Maison Rose. Painted pink and positioned on a corner by the side of the church, this adorable little restaurant – which has more seating outside than in – has a relaxed vibe and a delicious menu. There is a great choice of food on offer too, including easy pasta for the little ones and…the Onion Soup, ooh la la! C’est magnifique! Delicious, fresh, filling….just perfect.
2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris, France
To get to Montmarte Métro: Line 2, Anvers; 12, Abbesses; 4, Barbes-Rochechouart
Bus: 30, 31, 54, 80, 85, Montmartrobus (from Métro Jules Joffrin or Pigalle)