Montmartre - 9th district
Le 9th arrondissement acts as the transition between the very bourgeois neighbourhoods of the 1st and the Place Vendôme and the more lively and bohemian area of Pigalle and Abbesses. The Opéra Garnier and the large department stores located in the south 9th gradually make way for streets bordered by a multitude of small shops like the rue des Martyrs which leads directly to Montmartre. The village of Montmartre was attached to Paris in 1860 and for several decades was the favourite haunt of artists and home to painters such as Pissarro, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and Modigliani. The butte Montmartre is now one of Paris’ most popular tourist sites with its splendid Basilique du Sacré Cœur and numerous cabarets and theatres which every year attract millions of visitors from across the globe. The narrow little streets have beautiful, charming apartments to sell or to rent as well as splendid houses with magnificent views of Paris.