Montmartre & Pigalle, Paris
The steps just under the Sacre Coeur are polulated by tourists suring the day...when the sun goes down, the place is taken over by the young locals who go there to drink, talk with friends, play music and sing.
Very authentic and relaxing "nightspot". The only warning: be very careful with the pickpockets! They tend to think that drunk tourists on the steps are easy targets...one of them just sat right beside me after talking to his mate...it was very strange...I just moved over and sure enough, he left as well very soon...
Dress Code: Very casual
We had to go to Pigalle just for the experience, and what an experience it was. Once in the bar I turned to discover 4 transvestites sat at the table across from us. It made for really interesting " people watching " Also outside we could see people walking past the Moulin Rouge ( or should I say trying to walk past ) as they were being nearly dragged in by the men on the door!!!
Dress Code: Anything goes and I do mean anything
Pigalle is a must see when in Paris, just to see the night spots, and what is on offer!! We had a drink in Le Chat Noir, rather overated and pricey, but great for people watching. Great atmosphere.
Dress Code: Anything I think is acceptable in the whole area, 4 transvestites where at the table opposite us, " Dressed to kill "
Very well located, just at the bottom of the "Butte Montmartre", Au Baroudeur offers great cocktails (taste the irish coffee...humm...) and comfortable sofas or sits. Just relax, while smoking a cigar or a cigarette !
Would it be possible to go to Paris without walking one night around Montmartre, descending the narrow streets to Pigalle, and watching one of the liveliest quarters of the world?
For us that was the whole program, but for who wants something else.
All other kind of programs are available and openly offered.
Stroll around the Abbesses metro station during the evening and you will find many little bars and cafés that serve food and drink for locals and tourists alike. Very nice if you want to taste a more Parisian ambiance as opposed to clubs downtown.
I went up to the Sacre Coeur at night thinking it might be romantic and beautiful, having seen the church lit up in the distance from my hotel, and I found the grassy areas around the base of it were covered with a lot of people lying around with boxes of beer getting drunk, and with empty bottles and other rubbish thrown all over the place. It looked a complete mess and I felt like the atmosphere was quite rowdy, slightly threatening and depressing. I went back during the day and it was much better and I was amazed how well they had managed to clear up, until I saw an ornamental pool which had a huge pile of rubbish in it, that had been overlooked. The view is good and the building itself is impressive, but I wouldn't particularly advise going up at night unless you are also in the mood to get drunk with a group or friends, in which case maybe it will seem different to you. I found the Pigalle area a night a bit depressingly seedy and got insulted by a lout outside a club because I didn't want to take his business card. I guess it might be different though if you are with a group - I was just taking in the sights on my own.
In redesigning Paris, Haussmann pushed many residents to areas such as Montmartre on the outskirts of the city. At this time, Montmartre was officially outside of the city and was free of taxes. This meant alcohol was cheaper here than in Paris itself. Montmartre became the place for nighttime entertainment in Paris which still continues today.
Me & Patrick explored The Montmartre Hill & we came to Place du Tetre...
This is another famous area, which is just next/behind Sacre Coeur.
Paintings & painters, people watching, people shopping, people drinking...many activities ! It is a lively area during the day !
At the time when we were there, almost midnight, there weren't that many activity anymore...
Montmartre is alway a place to return. Go there at night and chose an italian, indian, arab, fast food, francese, brazilian (...) restaurant. There will be always a choice to what you want. After, you may seat on a nice cafe, tasting a good wine and just look around.
Me & Patrick walked back to our hotel; Again, we passed through some night scenes around Montmartre Areas...I took one photo of a cafe; So lively, even after midnight.
We didn't go in to any of them because we had to go back for an early morning train back to London. [please click]
We passed by some stalls selling fruits, selling pizzas...I just love the scene !
I felt good walking around at night but then always be careful, take extra precautions not because this is a 'red' area but anything can happen...Make it good or bad, depends on how you want to look at it !
More stalls there on my photo !
Some are opened till early morning ! Most people who own these stalls are not Parisiens but rather immigrants who later can be called La (or Le, ??) Parisiens...
I don't mind coming to Paris like this !
J'adore Paris !
A fun area there ! A night spot area...Pigalle, this name I knew for a long time ! Edith Piaf (no, I'm not that old !) had a song on this place !
In the last century, in the 40's & 50's this area was the 'happening' area in Paris !
By the way, Moulin Rouge is also nearby...
Hhmm, what do we have here ? Sex shops, lingerie shops...all the French kinkyness that you would expect, seeing is believing !
No, I didn't go in...
Notice the apartments at the top of those shops ? I'm sure there are many scandals happening in those rooms ! Those windows are the witnesses !