Montmartre & Pigalle free walking tour

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English, Italian
Guru: Kristen
Quality Verified Registered on October 06, 2022

Hello! I'm Christian (Kristen). I'm a proactive pensioner, involved in many cultural and social projects here in Paris. I'm a history buff, with a strong interest in European and French history. I've lived for several years in Paris - at a short walking distance from Montmartre. I've lived in six European countries and visited all of them. I speak fluently English, as I'm British educated. I am a Norwegian-born Italian.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

The midday tour will start from the Pigalle area, and snake its way through the Montmartre streets and alleyways to highlight its history and its association with the impressionist painters.

While gradually walking up to the summit of the Montmartre hill, I'll be showing the best cafes with views, the locations of the famous artist's ateliers, interesting architectural features of the 'village' part of Montmartre, and other more recent artistic curiosities of 20th century Montmartre.
To save time, we'll not be entering the two Montmartre museums or the churches. But passing in front of them, I'll give a short presentation about each of them.
This tour will give you a good experience and feel of what Montmartre is all about, so you can claim to have visited this famous neighborhood.
The tour will also give you advice on what else to see, especially the interior of various buildings of touristic interest. So join me on this tour!
This activity includes:

  • Follies Pigalle & Bouillon Pigalle restaurant 
  • Chat Noir cabaret & restaurant 
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Van Gogh studio & home
  • French pop culture
  • Renoir  studio & home
  • Picasso studio
  • The two remaining windmills
  • Amélie filming locations
  • St. Pierre church (outside)
  • Tertre square ('village' square)
  • Sacre coeur church (outside) - end of tour

This  is a good introductory tour of Montmartre, with  over 20 stops in a little over two hours.

This is what you would call a ‘whirlwind’ tour of Montmartre, so  any place that inspires curiosity, can be explored more in depth after the tour. Which conveniently ends a short walking distance to Montmartre’s central square.

The maximum size of the touring group will be twelve persons, but usually it will be between two to six persons, as large groups can be an unsatisfying experience for the individual walker.

Two points of interest are restricted recently. That is the two murals. The ‘love wall’ has been cordoned off due to public works, and will not visited in our tour until April 2024.

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Pl. Pigalle, 75018 Paris, France
    Pl. Pigalle, 75018 Paris, France
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    Outside of the middle Pigalle métro station exit (middle métro station exit - I’ll be holding a blue folder & brown grey rucksack. Right opposite the Bouillon and the McDonalds restaurants, on the traffic island).

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Place Pigalle

    Introduction to tour. Description surrounding places and entertainment venues.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Boulevard de Clichy

    Present Pigalle area and now it all started as a commercial and entertainment area.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Restaurant Le Chat Noir

    Tell history of the Chat noir cabaret theatre.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Moulin Rouge

    Tell history of the Moulin Rouge cabaret theatre.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Cafe des Deux Moulins

    Present one filming location of ‘Amalia’s fantastic adventures in Montmartre’ , Oscar winning film from 2002.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    54 Rue Lepic

    Apartment where Vincent Van Gogh lived and worked for a year and a half.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Saint-Jean de Montmartre

    Presentation of Saint Jean modernistic church at corner of Place Abbesse.

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Le Mur des Je t’aime

    Briefly present Abbesse metro station and Love Wall mural.

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Jardin des Abbesses

    Replica of herbal garden of now demolished Monastery. Introduce Association of Old Montmartre.

  • 10
    Outside visit
    12 Rue Ravignan

    Cafe Le Relais de la Butte, first view over Paris

  • 11
    Outside visit
    Le Bateau-Lavoir

    Place where there was a co-operative of artists, first abode of Pablo Picasso.

  • 12
    Outside visit
    75018 Rue d'Orchampt

    House of Dalida , 1980s pop singer.

  • 13
    Outside visit
    83 Rue Lepic

    Galette windmill, first windmill

  • 14
    Outside visit
    Le Passe-Muraille

    Statue of book hero stuck in the wall.

  • 15
    Outside visit
    Imp. Girardon

    Presentation of second windmill, Butte fin, In a small park. Show statue of St. Denis.

  • 16
    Outside visit
    Bust of Dalida

    View over Montmartre, Sacré Coeur.

  • 17
    Outside visit
    La Maison Rose

    House of Maurice Utrillo, painter.

  • 18
    Outside visit
    Montmartre vineyard

    Presentation of only vineyard left in Montmartre.

  • 19
    Outside visit
    Musée de Montmartre

    Presentation museum and studio of August Renoir.

  • 20
    Outside visit
    Chateau d'Eau de Montmartre

    View over North side of Paris, iconic souvenir photo with lamp post.

  • 21
    Outside visit
    Place du Tertre

    Beautiful square, been there since the 12 th century. Despite being covered by restaurant tables and hordes of tourists, it’s still worth to see.

  • 22
    Outside visit
    Salvador Dali museum

    Presentation museum , other views south side Paris.

  • 23
    Outside visit
    Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre

    Second last stop of tour. The founding of the church with its associated Monastery was fundamental in creating the Montmartre village in the 12th century.

  • 24
    Outside visit
    Basilica of the Sacré Cœur

    End of tour, the Basilica will be presented, together with details on how to catch metro, see the best views and answering questions.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Silvia 09 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Lisa 08 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Kristen was very informative and professional . Thank you!
Benny 05 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
I suggest this tour for all people that want to discover Montmartre and most of its aspects
Anna 04 May 2024

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Travelled in family - May 2024
Ottimo tour, la guida molto gentile e preparata!
CELESTINO 02 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Piacevole tour nel cuore di Montmartre e Pigalle. Kristen ti fa vivere l’esperienza come un vero parigino regalandoti scorci mozzafiato della città e allietandoti con la storia del quartiere (con tanto di cartelletta in cui conserva le opere di cui ti parla)
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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