Place du Tertre

Place du Tertre: the Montmartre painters rendezvous

Place du Tertre, home to the Parisian bohemian lifestyle

The famous Place du Tertre is at the center of the old Montmartre village, over a hill that is the highest in Paris, called 'la Butte Montmartre' with its 130 meters of height. Its address is in the 18th arrondissement, one of the most touristic places of the capital, in the heart of a very popular neighborhood. In this picturesque and lively square terraces and restaurants spread along with a permanent exposition of 140 artistic easels (those of portraitists and caricaturists) exposing the work and giving brush strokes at the same time. The artists of the Place du Tertre have no schedule, and each one has a prearranged spot of 1 m².

The Place du Tertre and the surrounding neighborhood are spots that visitors from the whole world are seeking when coming to the City of Lights. Despite all the tourists there, you still feel bohemian when a portraitist calls you out to have your portrait painted for some coins. Artists on the cobblestone ground, a picturesque architecture, the Basilica and the Saint-Pierre Church in the background, small shops and hotels nearby… Everything here contributes to the unique and romantic atmosphere of the Place du Tertre, something you cannot describe unless you have experienced it. The place changes with seasons and offers an always renewed setting to locals and tourists.

The Place du Tertre is much more than just a tourist place with a specific soul, it is a place steeped in History right in the heart of the neighborhood. It was there where the first town hall of the Montmartre village was placed in 1790. Here, a village ambiance unfolds within the big city, with its alleys, its tables covered by gingham napkins and the celebrated 'Café Chez la mère Catherine', a restaurant founded in 1793 that became the first bistro in Paris. In fact, it is told that the world 'bistro' itself was born in this café in 1814, during the Russian occupation, when the Cossacks, having no time to wait, ordered a drink while shouting 'Bistro! Bistro!' ('Quick! Quick!' In Russian).

Other interesting places near the Place du Tertre

The square is near the Sacré-Cœur Basilica of Paris, and its court offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city, with its main monuments easily distinguishable in front of you: the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe... Montmartre has been such a rich place regarding the brewing of pictorial movements: Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism and Surrealism with painters such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Braque, Picasso or Van Gogh.

Stroll at your leisure around the Place du Tertre in the Paris Full Day tour by minibus or the combo tour “Historic Paris and Notre Dame + Montmartre and Louvre with priority access”. You must tread on its cobblestone ground to grasp the soul of Paris artists who came for centuries to find glory and live their passion in the capital of arts. Explore the Montmartre neighborhood and its picturesque streets: the Rue du Calvaire with its street art, the Rue Norvins with its traditional restaurant, and a Starbucks Coffee at the corner of the square.

When leaving the Place du Tertre, walk down the Rue Lepic and you will get to the famous Place Blanche after walking for 10 minutes. You are leaving Montmartre and you are already missing its atmosphere? Then you can head up to the Marais neighborhood in the 3rd arrondissement. Its arty and authentic atmosphere will seduce you for sure.

Getting there by metro

  • Station Jules Joffrin (line 12) + Montmartrobus (stop Place du Tertre)
  • Station Pigalle (line 12 and 2) + Montmartrobus (stop Norvins)
  • Station Anvers (line 2) + Funicular or stairs
  • Station Abbesses (line 12) + Funicular or stairs

Other famous squares in Paris

Place du Tertre, home to the Parisian bohemian lifestyle

7 tours

Musical Dinner at Montmartre

(1 reviews)

Go up to the top of Montmartre from Pigalle. Discover the Sacré-Coeur Basilica with a panoramic view of Paris from the esplanade, then dine in a musical ambiance on the Place du Tertre, famous for its artists, at “La Crémaillière” restaurant.

Duration : 4 hour(s)
From €79.00 See details
Discover Notre-Dame de Paris, Montmartre, Eiffel Tower in a Small Group Private tour

Discover Notre-Dame de Paris, Montmartre, Eiffel Tower in a Small Group

(6 reviews)

Small groups or private tours. Discover the Notre Dame Cathedral and other must-see landmarks: the Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Transport back to your hotel by minibus.

Duration : 3:30 hour(s)Tour language:
From €69.00 See details
Minibus Tour of Paris, Lunch at the Eiffel Tower with Skip-the-line access, and Seine Cruise Private tour

Minibus Tour of Paris, Lunch at the Eiffel Tower with Skip-the-line access, and Seine Cruise

(3 reviews)

Small groups or private tours. Guided tour of Paris monuments by minibus. Lunch at the “58 Tour Eiffel” restaurant on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Take a boat cruise on the Seine and visit Montmartre on foot. Depart from and return to your hotel in Paris.

Duration : 8 hour(s)Tour language:
From €223.00 See details
Visit Montmartre, Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Access & Cruise in a Small Group Private tour

Visit Montmartre, Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Access & Cruise in a Small Group

(7 reviews)

Small groups or private tours. Discover the picturesque Montmartre neighborhood before gazing upon Paris from a panoramic viewpoint on the Eiffel Tower. End off with a cruise on the Seine. Transport by minibus from and to your hotel in Paris.

Duration : 5 hour(s)Tour language:
From €115.00 See details

Guided Visit of Notre-Dame de Paris, Montmartre, Louvre Museum with skip-the-line access

(11 reviews)

Take a city tour through the Latin Quarter and the Marais, in the heart of the Paris student and cultural life. Guided tours of Notre Dame Cathedral, Montmartre (Place du Tertre and Sacré-Coeur), and the Louvre Museum. Opportunity to spend time at the Louvre and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

Duration : 9 hour(s)Tour language:
From €129.00 See details

Guided Visit of Montmartre + the Louvre Museum with Skip-the-line access

(6 reviews)

Discover the secrets of Montmartre with a guide: Place du Tertre with its painters, and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. The outing ends with a guided tour of the Louvre Museum: the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, the Coronation of Napoleon I.

Duration : 4:30 hour(s)Tour language:
From €81.00 See details

Musical Dinner at Montmartre and Moulin Rouge show

(1 reviews)

Go see the breathtaking show at the Moulin Rouge, the famous cabaret in Pigalle! But first, visit Montmartre, the Sacré-Coeur and the Place du Tertre and enjoy a traditional dinner with music in the air.

Duration : 6:30 hour(s)
From €199.00 See details