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Rue De L’Abreuvoir In Montmartre (+ History And What To Do)

Want to learn more about Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre? This article will give you everything you need from its history, what to do, to how to get there!

Rue de l’Abreuvoir is a famous street in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris, known for its picturesque charm, colorful buildings, and rich artistic heritage.

Lined with colorful old buildings that date back to the early 18th and 19th centuries, it is safe to say that Rue de l’Abreuvoir is one of the oldest streets in Paris and a visit to the artistic neighborhood of Montmartre is not complete without strolling through it.

Houses on Rue de l'Abreuvoir
Houses on Rue de l’Abreuvoir

Given its charm, past (especially since it was a popular spot for artists and writers for many years), and recent cultural significance, I decided to put together this article so that we can take a closer look at the fascinating history and attractions of Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre to explore the unique character of this enchanting street.

History of Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre

old building on Rue de l'Abreuvoir
Another old building on Rue de l’Abreuvoir in winter

Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre dates back to the Middle Ages when it was used as a path for bringing livestock to nearby drinking places.

In fact, “Abreuvoir” means “drinking trough” named after a trough that used to be located there for horses to drink from.

But before then, it is believed to have been called “ruelle qui va au but” (alley that goes to the end) in 1325, then “Chemin de l’Abreuvoir” in 1843 until it changed to Rue de l’Abreuvoir in 1863.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the area became a popular destination for wealthy Parisians seeking a countryside retreat.

Rue de l'Abreuvoir in summer
Rue de l’Abreuvoir in summer

By the mid-19th century, the neighborhood had become a hub for artists and writers, including Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and more.

The street’s charming architecture and peaceful atmosphere made it a favorite subject for many of these artists, and their paintings increased the place’s popularity.

In the early 20th century, the street was immortalized in the work of French author Marcel Proust, who featured it in his famous novel “In Search of Lost Time.”

Today, Rue de l’Abreuvoir remains a popular street for tourists seeking to experience the charm and history of Montmartre. Actually, it is one of the best places to visit in Montmartre.

What to Do at Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre

Apart from capturing some beautiful shots of the street’s colorful buildings, here are some things you can do at Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Paris.

1. Admire The Buste de Dalida

Dalida statue in montmartre along rue de l’abreuvoir.
Dalida statue in Montmartre along Rue de l’abreuvoir.

Buste de Dalida is a bronze statue in a small square known as Place de Dalida which was named after the famous French singer, Dalida by the Paris city hall in 1996 to honor her memory.

One year later, the bust was created as a tribute to the singer and actress who lived in the neighborhood during the peak of her career.

Created by the sculptor Alain Aslan and unveiled in 1997, ten years after Dalida’s death, the statue has since become a popular spot for her fans to pay their respects, take photos, and rub her breasts, because apparently, it brings good luck.

If you look closely, you’ll see that the breasts have completely changed color due to increased touching compared to other areas of the bust.

The bust is located near Dalida’s former home, Maison de Dalida on Rue d’Orchampt, which you can admire from outside since it’s not open to the public.

The house is easy to miss but keep your eyes open and you’ll see the commemorative plaque indicating that it is her former house.

2. Dine at La Maison Rose

La Maison Rose is one of the places to see in Montmartre Paris.
La Maison Rose in the summer

La Maison Rose or the pink house, a famous Montmartre restaurant and cafe on Rue de l’Abreuvoir is recognizable by its distinctive pink façade.

An iconic symbol of the neighborhood, this restaurant has a long history dating back to the 1850s when it is believed to have been built.

It was initially used as a painting studio by the original owners but it was later converted into a restaurant.

Over the years, it was frequented by many famous artists, including Suzanne Valadon, Albert Camus, Dalida, Pablo Picasso, and Maurice Utrillo, a famous French painter who actually made it even more famous through his painting, “The Little Pink House.”

To date, La Maison Rose’s goal to serve delicious meals hasn’t changed. It serves traditional French cuisine featuring classic dishes like escargots, steak frites, crème brûlée, and more. You can also pop by for Sunday brunch if you’re looking for brunch spots in Paris.

La maison rose in Montmatre
La Maison rose on a Sunday winter day

The restaurant also has an outdoor seating area that provides a picturesque spot to enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the charming surroundings of Rue de l’Abreuvoir.

Besides being a cute Parisian cafe serving delicious meals, La Maison rose has also become a popular Instagram spot in Paris with many Instagrammers and photographers using it as a backdrop.

So even if you don’t dine there, be sure to pass by and take some photos, but remember to be mindful of diners.

The best time to visit if you want to take some photos without bothering diners is on Sunday (from 3:00 pm) when the restaurant is closed. And if you want to dine there, be sure to make a reservation on the official website in advance to guarantee a table.

You can learn more about this cute cafe by reading my previous post on fun facts about La Maison rose.

3. Take in the views of Sacre Coeur

View of Sacre coeur from Rue de l'Abreuvoir in winter
View of Sacre coeur from Rue de l’Abreuvoir in winter.

While the view of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica is not directly visible from Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre, there are a few spots along the street where you can catch glimpses of the Basilica.

One such spot is the intersection of Rue de l’Abreuvoir and rue Girardon or right next to Place Dalida, where the Basilica is seen rising above the surrounding buildings.

View of Sacre coeur from Rue de l'Abreuvoir in summer
View of Sacre coeur from Rue de l’Abreuvoir in summer.

However, for a full and unobstructed view of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, you will need to walk uphill or take the funicular to the top of Montmartre hill, where the Basilica is located.

How to Get to Rue de l’Abreuvoir

To get to Rue de l’Abreuvoir, you can take Metro line 12 and stop at Lamarck – Caulaincourt. From the metro station, you’ll need to walk like 6 minutes to reach Rue de l’Abreuvoir.

Final Thoughts on Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre

Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre is a true gem of Paris with a rich history dating back decades ago.

There are multiple ways to immerse yourself in the culture and atmosphere of the street that has been a gathering place for artists, writers, and musicians throughout its existence but the ones above are your best bet!

So, if you’re planning a trip to Paris, don’t forget to add Rue de l’Abreuvoir to your itinerary and discover the magic of this unique and charming corner of the city.

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