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Known as the center of a flourishing artist community from 1907 to 1914, Montmartre now has a thriving nightlife. While shopping in the boutiques in this lively historic area, you'll still see reminders of the artists who lived and worked here, including Picasso, van Gogh, Dali, Duchamp, and Monet. You'll recognize the neighborhood when you see the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Coeur rising from the hill's summit. The red-light district just downhill to the southwest has a wide variety of stores and concert venues featuring rock music and experimental contemporary music. Arrange to visit Montmartre and other attractions in Paris using our Paris travel planner .
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  • I had one reason for going to Montmartre - to see the basilica. In general, I liked the area below the basilica (so all the way down the stairs and keep going till you get to the village-y part) - lot...  more »
  • The butte Montmartre has kept much of its cachet with its pretty houses and its plush mansions. The set off a certain serenity under the Parisian swarming that was elsewhere. The only regret or failure is the number of shops to tourists that penalize a bit overall. Otherwise the mood is good child and friendly.
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  • And cafes all over the place, staff where to go. It is ideal to take a walk. Shops in America. I think that should go once if you come to Paris.
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