Where to Drink in Montmartre, Paris

Rub shoulders with film buffs at a legendary silver-screen bistro, sip chai lattes in our favourite Paris coffee shop and enjoy a cocktail-fuelled cabaret show far friskier than those found at the Moulin Rouge

Whether you're in the mood for a cappuccino or a cabernet sauvignon, Montmartre has you covered with coffee shops, bistro bars and cocktail-serving cabaret stops all jostling for space below the hill. From rooftop joints to hotel favourites, you're spoilt for choice in the 18th arrondissement. Here are three of our favourite drinks stops to take you from morning coffee to midnight martini.

The raw brick interiors of Two Doors Coffee


Two Doors Coffee

Sometimes, when Paris tries to do "Brooklyn coffee shop", the result can feel a bit forced, but this is absolutely not the case at Two Doors. Tucked away on Rue Francoeur, a cute street on the north side of the Montmartre hill, this friendly local spot offers coffee-shop faves like chai latte and filter coffee, plus tasty treats to keep you going. (Note, the cinnamon rolls tend to sell out in under an hour.) Laptop working is strictly prohibited, so don't even think about whipping yours out. Instead, grab a stool, relax and soak up the café's edgy ambience.


27 Rue Francoeur, 75018

A cocktail at CO 18 Paris


CO Paris 18

This idiosyncratic venue is like a tardis. Beyond the low-key entrance, you'll find a cavernous bar decorated with an eccentric hotchpotch of furnishings and accessories: think a Snow White doll to your left and a suspended shrunken head to your right. (It shouldn't work, but it does). Behind the bar, expert mixologists whip up life-changingly good cocktails. There's food in the evening and live jazz every Thursday. Downstairs, you'll find a cabaret with a lively roster of drag shows.


15 Rue Esclangon, 75018

A bistro in Montmartre, France
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La Renaissance

This is a classic Paris corner bistro, loved and frequented by locals… except, it's also kind of famous. A pivotal scene in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds was filmed here, no doubt thanks to its gorgeous period art deco features, in particular the stained-glass panels. It's a great spot for a traditional croissant and coffee in the morning; at lunch, a great little seasonal menu is on offer, with a mix of classics including tuna tartare, plus Asian-influenced vegan options like sweet potato curry. Sure, it's not quite as off-the-beaten path as we normally look for, but Montmartre residents were here long before Tarintino's film crew arrived - and they won't be chased out by a few film buffs.


112 Rue Championnet, 75018

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