Few neighborhoods in Paris offer better views or more charming corners than Montmartre.
Once a bucolic hilltop hamlet in its own right, Montmartre soon became a place of refuge for artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Dali. Nowadays, the Bohemian neighborhood is one of the most-visited areas in Paris and home to some of the best restaurants in the capital.
After strolling up and down its cobbled streets and soaking in the views from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica—the city’s highest point—satisfy your hungry appetite at one of these non-touristy Montmartre restaurants.
Just read on for some of our favorite dining spots in this emblematic neighborhood!
1. Le Poulbot
Named after a famous Montmartre artist who spent most of his life drawing street children, this little gem of a Montmartre restaurant is where you’ll want to have most, if not all, of your meals.
The owners of Le Poulbot—twin brothers Thomas and Mathieu Bellair—have chosen to focus on offering delicious, home-cooked French classics. Traditional onion soup, snails, boeuf bourguignon and duck confit are served in a cozy setting and paired with a great selection of biodynamic wines.
2. Terrass”: Fine dining with a view
You’ll find Terrass” on the seventh floor of the hotel of the same name. Comfortably sat by the large bay windows, enjoy chef Eric Lurthy’s modern take on Parisian cuisine while admiring the most breathtaking panorama over the capital.
With stunning views all the way beyond the Eiffel Tower and a chilled glass of French wine in hand, you’re in for an unforgettable evening!
3. Le Moulin de la Galette
If you’re looking for an iconic setting in Montmartre, this is it.
Back in the 19th century, Le Moulin de la Galette was an old windmill that supplied Paris with flour. Soon, the place turned into a guinguette (a public place for drinking and dancing), that was immortalized by painter Renoir in one of his masterpieces.
In 2015, this legendary establishment re-opened as a restaurant, with a chic dining room and a pleasant terrace for summer days. Le Moulin de la Galette boasts a classic French menu and an impressive wine cellar, with more 150 references to choose from. Perfect for any occasion!
4. Hardware Société
Possibly Montmartre’s trendiest spot, Hardware Société is a breakfast and brunch restaurant for both hearty and healthy eaters. Here, you’ll find lots to choose from: sandwiches, egg dishes, French toast, and let’s not forget great coffees or chai lattes.
To this day, this brunch institution doesn’t accept bookings, but we guarantee the wait is worth it.
5. Le Jardin d’en Face
Generous portions and an unpretentious ambience make Le Jardin d’en Face a highly popular restaurant in Montmartre.
Don’t leave without trying their most famous starter: the oeuf cocotte (baked egg) with foie gras. For a main course, the tartiflette (cheese and potato gratin) with duck breast will have you raving for weeks.
Be sure to call ahead to reserve a table!
Looking for a change from French cuisine? Just steps away from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Babalou is a fantastic Italian restaurant, renowned for its excellent pizzas and pasta dishes. A great place to recharge batteries after exploring every corner of the hilly neighborhood!
7. La Boîte aux Lettres
Elegant dishes at exceptional prices: This is what you’ll get at La Boîte aux Lettres.
Chef Frederic-Paul Chartier is known for his inspired, seasonal cuisine and offers an enticing menu based on the freshest ingredients available. Located right in the heart of Montmartre, this quaint bistro is a truly special place for a romantic date, or any occasion in fact.