Paris, France - Video tour of Montmartre (Part 1)

Uploaded by NewYorkHabitat on 30.03.2011

New York Habitat Video
with David Hill
Montmartre - Part 1, Paris, France
Hi, I'm David Hill with New York Habitat.
Today we're going to discover the lovely district of Montmartre.
Walking through its winding streets
you'll get the feeling that you're actually in a
bohemian village on a hill way outside of Paris.
But don't let that feeling fool you.
Montmartre is tucked away in the north of the city
just above Les Grands Boulevards and the Opéra.
It was one of the last towns to be amalgamated
into the 19th century Paris,
allowing it to retain a village-like atmosphere.
Since then its gently rolling fields
have been transformed into Paris' lively bohemian center.
Today the village feel and the city influence live in harmony,
making Montmartre one of the coolest and most
curious districts of the city.
This will be the first of a two-part series
on this fantastic neighborhood.
So be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel
and you'll be notified when Part 2
comes out in a few weeks.
If you're arriving in Montmartre by metro
be sure to take the stairs!
The metro station Abbesses is the
deepest subway station in Paris.
This is because Montmartre is the
second highest point in the city,
after the Eiffel Tower.
Montmartre, or "the Mountain of the Martyrs,"
probably gets its name from the martyr Saint Denis,
considered the first bishop of Paris,
who was beheaded here in the 3rd century AD
by the Romans
In the 19th century working class Parisians
and starving artists flocked to the area for the
the cheap housing and equally cheap wine.
Thus Montmartre became the playground of Paris
with its lively cabarets and dancehalls.
You may wonder why I hadn't mentioned the
Sacré-Coeur speaking of the history of Montmartre.
that is because the white domed church
on the top of the hill, is actually much younger
then it looks and was the subject of much
controversy when it was built.
Only consecrated in 1914,
the building of the church
helped lead tourism to the city
and especially to the area as the
French flocked to see the church.
However not everyone was happy with
the construction of a church
in the middle of Montmartre.
In fact the day of its opening.
the owner of the Moulin Rouge
just down the hill
he came up crying 'the Devil, the Devil'
of course others there responded
actually the Devil, my friend, is found in the Moulin Rouge.
This is the Moulin Rouge perhaps the most famous,
or rather infamous, cabaret in the world.
The red windmill was inspired by the
thirty or so windmills that dotted Montmartre
at the time it opened in 1889.
The once ultra-risqué birthplace
of the cancan has now turned into
a sort of tourist Mecca.
If you really want to absorb yourself
in the culture and daily life of Montmartre,
you'll want to forgo the hotel and book one of the
many vacation rental apartments that New York Habitat
has to offer in the area.
There's no better way to truly enjoy
your stay in Paris.
While the cabaret at the Moulin Rouge
was more for wealthy Parisian men,
the Moulin de la Galette held parties in the garden
for the locals to bring their sweethearts on the weekend.
It was in this very garden, hidden behind the windmill,
that the impressionist artist
Renoir painted his masterpiece
The Bal du Moulin de la Galette
which you can see on display
at the Musée d'Orsay.
While most of the cabarets down closer to the boulevards
were full of dancing girls
and well off Parisians,
the little Lapin Agile
was the artists' hangout.
This was where Picasso and his gang
could be found, occasionally exchanging a painting
for a pitcher of wine.
Montmartre continues to have a great nightlife buzz.
If you're after a drink or two amongst the cool Montmartois
head to La Fourmi,
if you're in the sparkling mood check out Call Me Bubbles
a tiny but trendy Champagne bar behind the Sacré-Coeur.
If it's clubbing you're after try the famous Folies Pigalle
or the recently revived Bus Palladium
with its live music or DJs,
style changes depending on the night
Well, I hope you've enjoyed our tour of Montmartre.
and of course, if I missed any of your favorite
corners of this little neighborhood
make sure you leave a message in the comment
section below
And don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel
so you can be notified when Part 2 comes out in a few weeks.
In Part 2 we'll tackle the art history of Montmartre
as well as where to shop and where to eat.
If you're planning a trip to Paris,
do yourself a favor, skip the boring hotel room
and rent a furnished apartment
through New York Habitat.
Visit our website at
You're just a few clicks away
from living like a real Montmartois.
I'm David Hill with New York Habitat.
And I certainly hope to see soon
in the City of Light!