Now that you have covered almost all the area around Rive Gauche and Rive Droite, it is time to head the opposite direction and up the hill. We are headed to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
Paris, France City Guide | Part 3
Take the train to Place Des Abbesses, and walk up the stairs to Place de Tertre. If you haven’t reached the church at the top, just keep walking up, you will run into it eventually. Take a tour of the church or the famous tombs underground but make sure to walk around the backside of the building. There’s a enchanting park that gives a great perspective of this black stained church.
After, walk back to the front and down the stairs to where all the merchants are. This is a great place to pick up a painting or sketch (it is the artist’s district). After enjoy the Montmartre district and take a lunch at one of the local cafes.
If you are feeling up to it, you can walk down the district over to the iconic Moulin Rouge and see the famous windmills. You will probably have a good portion of the afternoon to spend elsewhere. Go back to the area where you loved the most.
Through out these itineraries I have not recommended any food and for a reason. If I had it my way, I would eat every meal in the district of St Germaine at Cafes Flores or Les Deux Magots. It is hard to say what is a good place to eat as the restaurants change very often. Most of the cafes will have a sign if they are top rated by Fodors or TripAdvisor. For meals you can expect to pay 5-10 euros for the prefix breakfast. Lunches which are pret-a-porter (ready to go) an average of 10-12 euros and sit down more around 15-20. Dinner can run anywhere and always depends on the district. The average a person for an appetizer and entrée is around 25-30. And always remember, it is cheaper to go to the bar and order an espresso then it is to sit down. Also note that tipping is not customary but it is nice to leave the change or 1-2 euros a person. Service is not alike to America so do not expect someone to hold your hand the whole time nor a sense of urgency. The French like to enjoy their meals and be left alone.
I hope you found these itineraries helpful!