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Place du Tertre : the living heart of Montmartre

June 1, 2011

A few meters away from the Sacre-Cœur Basilica, the Place du Tertre is a must-see in Montmartre. Before it was absorbed within Paris’boundaries, this small Place used to be the main square of the Montmartre village. Poets, composers and painters such as Dali or Picasso used to go there in search of inspiration. A museum is now dedicated to Dali but the square is mainly surrounded by restaurants, most of which are called “Bistros”. In the early 1800s Paris was invaded by Russia, and “Bistro” was the word shouted by Russian soldiers who came for a drink at “La Mère Catherine”. The restaurant which is still here today, claims to be the first bistro ever opened in Paris.

Nowadays, the Place du Tertre is famous for its painters and caricaturists selling their crafts or vehemently asking tourists whether they can draw their portrait.
The Place du Tertre is often overcrowded as tourists visitingMontmartre always stop there and it is full of tables from all the surrounding restaurants from April to November. The best time to enjoy it is early in the morning, when painters are getting installed or after dusk, when it turns into a romantic spot.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alice permalink
    June 2, 2011 8:40 am

    One of the cutest places of Paris!


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