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Living the Parisian Lifestyle in Montmartre

September 29, 2020
If you watched the 2001 hit musical film, 'Moulin Rouge!' you might have caught a glimpse of Montmartre. In that film, the Parisian district was depicted as a hotbed of deviants, home of bohemians, and the birthplace of liberation. Though this may have been the history of the neighborhood, it's far from what it is now. Today, Montmartre is actually one of the most popular places in Paris to settle down in. It still retains its bohemian charm but the district has opened up more to families and tourists alike. Some may even argue that it's where you can truly live out a quintessential Parisian lifestyle.

Living the Parisian Lifestyle in Montmartre

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One of the More Affordable Parisian Neighborhoods

Perhaps one of the main reasons why many people think this is the perfect place to live out a Parisian lifestyle is because homes here are more or less affordable. Sure, it still has its fair share of luxury apartments, but most of the places you could rent here won't require you to shell out a ton of money every month. Everyone knows that living in Paris is quite costly, but in a neighborhood like Montmartre, you don't have to be on the brink of bankruptcy all the time. You can still live as you choose whilst managing your finances wisely here. 

Living the Parisian Lifestyle in Montmartre

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A District Full of History & Character

As the film "Moulin Rouge!" already depicted, Montmartre's history is quite a colorful one, to say the least. The center of bohemian at the time, you can still see relics of that exciting yet tumultuous past. These cobblestone streets that you walk on every day are the same streets that revolutionaries, philosophers, and more walked on. And while that may not affect your normal life, that's still quite an impact in itself. You'll also see that many 1920s hotspots, those frequented by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, and Ernst Hemingway, are still open for business. They're the perfect historic places to go to on weekends with friends! 

Living the Parisian Lifestyle in Montmartre

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Better Chances to Live in A House Here

Living in a house in Paris? C'est possible? Oui! Here in Montmartre, there are loads of townhouses just waiting to be occupied by new residents. And the best part is that they're mostly old structures, so the nostalgic charm overflows in every corner. These are the types of homes that are perfect for families, having ample space, and secure enough to keep everyone safe from harm. You'll see them covered in vines, have terraces perfect for a cup of coffee on a sunny morning, and located near bakeries, cafés, and the like. It won't get any more Parisian than this! 

Living the Parisian Lifestyle in Montmartre

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A Friendlier Community

You might imagine Montmartre as this loud and bustling place in Paris. And for the most part, it is! But that doesn't mean the people here are unfriendly! Far from it! You can expect that most who live here are pleasant people, will great you as they pass you by, and you might even form long-lasting friendships with your neighbors. The communal spirit has long been one of the defining characteristics of Montmartre, arguably even beyond its bohemian past and nightlife identity. Sure, the place is perfect for younger people to share rooms in an apartment. But it's fitting for families with little ones as well. 

Living the Parisian Lifestyle in Montmartre

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Café Society is Alive and Well Here

If you want to eat breakfast or spend an afternoon in a café, you're in luck. Living in Montmartre will give you a ton of options! Coffee shops are a dime a dozen in this district, with one set up in practically every corner. From established hotspots to unique startups, you'll find no scarcity of cafés here! Café des Deux Moulins is a particular highlight, having been around for decades now. it's one of those 1920s places which saw historic writers and artists congregate and discuss ideas in. The Hardware Societé, on the other hand, is a brunch place you'll have to try at least once in your life here! 

Living the Parisian Lifestyle in Montmartre

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Suitable Area for Roman Catholics

Despite being a diverse city that's open to all faiths and beliefs, Paris is largely a Roman Catholic-dominated city. After all, it does house one of the most famous churches in the world, Notre Dame. However, even here in Montmartre, the Sacré-Coeur, that shining basilica right on top of Montmartre hill, makes the district another haven for practicing Roman Catholics. It helps that the iconic church also hears masses in English, so foreign residents can still go her every Sunday for worship. Meanwhile, other churches like Paroisse Saint-Pierre de Montmartre and Paroisse Saint-Jean de Montmartre also provide perfect places for worship. 

Living the Parisian Lifestyle in Montmartre

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Extremely Affordable Shopping

Shopping in Paris doesn't always have to mean luxury. Sure, French designer clothes are worth spending money on, but if you can't afford it, what are you gonna do? Shop in Montmartre, of course. If you lived in this area, you can still have a wardrobe full of Paris style staples without shelling out a ton of money. How so? Because of the flea markets! There's one every weekend—at times, even weekends too!—and you can shop till you drop it won't affect your bank account all that much. Who knows? You might even find a vintage piece you otherwise wouldn't have found anywhere else! 

Living the Parisian Lifestyle in Montmartre

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Living in Montmartre is perhaps the closest to living out a quintessential Parisian lifestyle as one could get. Here, you'll be able to do whatever you want and live an exciting life, possibly full of romance, adventure, and more!

 




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