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Staying in Montmarte - 4 nights early May 2012 - thoughts?

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Staying in Montmarte - 4 nights early May 2012 - thoughts?

Our second time to Paris. We stayed in the 17th last time and whilst handy, not much to do/see to/from the hotel. So we went on to the Forum and looked at threads such as where is the best place to stay etc. And of course everyone had a different opinion so we went for Montmarte for a number of reasons. We are staying at Le Relais Montemarte on Rue Constance. Any feedback on this hotel and its location?

We will be seeing lot of the usual suspects in the city centre but any suggestions for anything within walking distance to Montmarte/ the hotel apart form the big white obvious one lol

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There is so much to see in Montmartre that it is hard to relate it all here. i would recommend that you get a good book of guided walks (and I particularly like "Insight Guides:Paris Step By Step.") Not only will that book give you a great route through Montmartre, but through many other parts of Paris as well.

Here are some links to walking routes. I hope they help, but there is no substitute for the "overall" picture and orientation you can gain from reading a good guidebook:

Montmartre Walk beginning at Lamarck-Caulaincourt: http://www.paris48.com/montmartre-walk.html

A Montmartre walk beginning from the other side, with a Pigalle starting point:

frommers.com/destinations/…0062020033.html

This is David Leibovitz writing about the ethnic market I visited at Barbes-Rochechouart:

davidlebovitz.com/2010/…_

Here is an article about Paris markets and market streets--you can read the sections on rue Lepic, rue des Martyrs, and the Barbes market:

yourgreatdaysinparis.com/po_takeparispersona…

Strange and interesting walks--one includes the Opera Garnier and one includes Montmartre:

http://www.tomsguidetoparis.com/SIWalks.php

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Turn left out of the hotel to Rue Lepic, a traditional market street. For a drink or coffee and chilling out try Bar Lux. Across from Lux is a great jazz club (name eludes me). Rue Lepic climbs uphill an meanders off to the left. Two good places to eat are La Pomponnette Nd Zebre. There is also a Relais de Gascon for good salads and food of the South West. La Mascott on Rue des Abbesses is a local bar with an excellent restaurant in the back, great for sea food. You'll also find the only vineyard in Paris, Picasso's studio. It's a great area to hang out in, the locals are very nice and transport to tourist central is by line 12 or 2. Emjoy

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Turn left out of the hotel to Rue Lepic, a traditional market street. For a drink or coffee and chilling out try Bar Lux. Across from Lux is a great jazz club (name eludes me). Rue Lepic climbs uphill an meanders off to the left. Two good places to eat are La Pomponnette Nd Zebre. There is also a Relais de Gascon for good salads and food of the South West. La Mascott on Rue des Abbesses is a local bar with an excellent restaurant in the back, great for sea food. You'll also find the only vineyard in Paris, Picasso's studio. It's a great area to hang out in, the locals are very nice and transport to tourist central is by line 12 or 2. Emjoy

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Turn left out of the hotel to Rue Lepic, a traditional market street. For a drink or coffee and chilling out try Bar Lux. Across from Lux is a great jazz club (name eludes me). Rue Lepic climbs uphill an meanders off to the left. Two good places to eat are La Pomponnette Nd Zebre. There is also a Relais de Gascon for good salads and food of the South West. La Mascott on Rue des Abbesses is a local bar with an excellent restaurant in the back, great for sea food. You'll also find the only vineyard in Paris, Picasso's studio. It's a great area to hang out in, the locals are very nice and transport to tourist central is by line 12 or 2. Emjoy

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Turn left out of the hotel to Rue Lepic, a traditional market street. For a drink or coffee and chilling out try Bar Lux. Across from Lux is a great jazz club (name eludes me). Rue Lepic climbs uphill an meanders off to the left. Two good places to eat are La Pomponnette Nd Zebre. There is also a Relais de Gascon for good salads and food of the South West. La Mascott on Rue des Abbesses is a local bar with an excellent restaurant in the back, great for sea food. You'll also find the only vineyard in Paris, Picasso's studio. It's a great area to hang out in, the locals are very nice and transport to tourist central is by line 12 or 2. Emjoy

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6. Re: Staying in Montmarte - 4 nights early May 2012 - thoughts?

thanks light thanks light thanks light thanks light lol, and thanks mcal, good to get these short cuts and well-informed advice.

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7. Re: Staying in Montmarte - 4 nights early May 2012 - thoughts?

Montmartre is a nice place to hang in the evening -- although you will want to stroll along the Seine and its bridges at least one night -- lots of great sidewalk places on Rue Abbesses near the Abbesses metro --

We liked the little family restaurant L'Homme Tranquille on Rues des Martyrs just downhill and around the corner from Abbesses metro -- reserve a day ahead as it is small -- or even at noon of the day you want

Our favorite restaurant for celebrations is Le Cottage Marcadet a couple of blocks f rom the Lamarck Caulaincourt metro -- 35 E lunch menu is a great bargain for elegant dining -- tiny place with elegant presentation and service -- you can reserve on line

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tks janet

we are lining up some restaurants as well. Have only booked Jules verne so far but am looking other nice options closer to the hotel

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Be sure to take a stroll on the north side of Sacre Coeur along Rue Caulaincourt and its adjacencies. Far less touristed, and very colorful/charming. One of my favorite areas of Paris.

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thanks travel...... looks very nice