Montmartre can be pretty crowded, especially in the summer, tourists and hawkers are everywhere and sometimes it can feel a bit too much. However, it’s a beautiful part of the city and not to be missed, and it’s not because the Place du Tertre is crowded that you can’t find a quiet place frequented by locals where you can relax and feel a bit more like a local yourself. Try La Halle Saint Pierre, it’s just a stone’s throw away.
The Halle is a wonderful example of a 19th century metallic ‘Balthard’ building, and used to be a market, then a school. Now it’s home to a contemporary art gallery. As well as hosting a permanent collection of Naive art, it also hosts temporary exhibitions, concerts, lectures and conferences, and houses a great café and a fantastic bookshop.
Pop in for a coffee or lunch whilst you’re in the area, it’s a perfect antidote to the crowds outside, and could be just what you need before or after climbing the ‘Butte’.
Open daily 11.00 – 6.00
- Halle Saint Pierre, 2 rue Ronsard, 75018 Paris, metro Anvers or Barbes Rochechouart
Halle Saint Pierre website