Visiting the 18th arrondissement of Paris? Read on to discover my favourite restaurants in lovely and eclectic Montmartre:
In This Paris Travel Article You Will Discover:
- The Best Breakfasts
- Lively Late-Night Dining
- Classic French Cuisine
- Sumptuous Coffee
- And More!
Montmartre proved the ideal place to start and finish our days in Paris. Cafes and patisseries welcomed us every morning; lively late-night restaurants closed-out our nights. In fact, the only aspect that rivals the quality of local eateries is the quantity. How to decide?
You could follow the well-trodden path to those touristy diners that swarm the west side of the Sacre Coeur (not recommended). You could roam the streets until the right place appears at the right time (recommended).
Or you could read on and discover seven spots that truly made our mornings and evenings memorable (highly recommended):
33 Rue Lamarck
Soul Kitchen deserves consideration simply because they brewed the best filter-coffee we had in all of Paris. But it truly earns its honour as one of my must-dine breakfast joints by baking the tastiest scones I’ve had anywhere. Pretty and friendly, Soul Kitchen invites drawn-out sips and leisurely morning chats. Locals love it and you will too.
10 Rue Lamarck
Come hungry. Owned by Australians and located right alongside the Sacre Coeur, bright and stylish Hardware Société serves up sumptuous brunches in ample portions. (The scrambled eggs could feed two.) Plus, because the proprietors are from Melbourne, the espresso is of the highest calibre. Best coffee I had in all of Paris, in fact. We visited twice.
8 Rue Lamarck
We awoke from a jet-lagged late-afternoon nap at 10:00 p.m.—hungry and without dinner reservations. Le Grand 8 was one of the few nearby restaurants that stayed open late on a Sunday, so we wandered in and were promptly treated to one of our best dining memories of the trip. The place was full of locals shouting at one another and glugging wine. The waitress welcomed us like family. The rotating menu melded classic and modern French fare. We stayed well past midnight, satiated in every sense.
50 Rue de Clignancourt
A small and popular restaurant in east Montmartre, Sacrée Fleur was the only spot where I had trouble getting a reservation. A couple of days after my initial inquiry, we finally strolled in to savour crispy frog’s legs, overfull plates of duck and lamb and reasonably priced wine. I was exhausted and my rudimentary French wasn’t functioning; the waiter switched to English with a smile. Little wonder why it’s so tough to get a table.
15 Rue Simart
A late-night option set on the outskirts of Montmartre, Au Fond du Bar is a high-energy locals’ pub tucked away on a corner you might never otherwise discover. The fedora-wearing waiter is energetic, eccentric and welcoming. Ensure you haven’t eaten anytime in the past six hours, however. When our “beef dinner for two” arrived, we had to re-check the menu to see if it wasn’t meant to feed four. We practically had to be carried out after finishing that feast.
3 Rue Poulbot
Le Poulbot was the right restaurant at the right time. Set just around a corner from the tourist traps west of Sacre Coeur, you could blink and miss the entrance to this cottage-house eatery. It was quaint, quiet and decorated like your grandmother’s basement; we had the place to ourselves that chilly November evening. Escargot, duck cassoulet and boeuf bourguignon were complemented by a carafe of robust cabernet. It was hearty French home-cooking on a night when we needed it the most.
83 Rue Lepic
Le Moulin de la Galette had the highest potential to disappoint. It’s the most well-known of the bunch. It’s the most expensive, too. And we saved it for our last night—so expectations were lofty. But Le Moulin delivered. My duck was absolutely perfect and the service was impeccable. We capped off our dining experience with a plate of local fromage. If you’re looking for a stylish restaurant that typifies Parisian fine dining, you’ve found it. (Reservations a must—even in the off-season.)