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Tranquility Amid a Vibrant Neighbourhood
Address: rue Houdon
Metro: Abbesses, line 12 or Pigalle, lines 2 or 12
Building Level: 1st floor
Bedrooms: 2 (Sleeps 2-4)
Size: 59 square metres
Rates: 1200 Euros/week 240 Euros/night all year (min 3 nights)(100 Euros extra for use of sofa bed)
Special Note: This is a non smoking apartment
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If the ideal is to be on a quiet street (let alone in a courtyard building) in the middle of a vibrant neighborhood, then rue Houdon is the place to be. Just a block
long, this street provides a sort of side entrance to old Montmartre. At the bottom of the hill is the busy Place Pigalle, with its Metro station, bus stops, taxi stands
and late-night shops and clubs.
At the top of the street, just past the live jazz club, Cafe Houdon, is the storybook Place des Abbesses, which boasts an original Hector Guimard Metro station, a
classic Paris kiosk, a Wallace fountain and a children’s carousel, a vest-pocket park all in flower, an unusual brick church and the start of the climb up to the
We are in Amelie’s quartier, for those who saw the film. The Marche de la Butte, the picturesque produce shop where she hung out, is right off the Place des Abbesses.
Down the street is the rue Lepic, Montmartre’s best market street. Just off Abbesses in the other direction is the rue des Martyrs, another famous neighborhood market
If you want to steep in a Paris experience, you cannot do better: prize-winning, artisanal boulangeries and patisseries, flower shops, cafes, restaurants, boutiques,
bookstores, cheese shops, wine stores, all in endless supply.
A few blocks away, at the foot of the butte, is Paris's fabrics district (Marche St Pierre), including Dreyfus, six floors of every imaginable material, colour and
The neighborhood is also full of guitar stores. Down a side street off Houdon is a modest atelier where a master craftsman makes harpsichords.
Just on our little block-long rue Houdon are found the following: a cafe at each end of the street (one with jazz), an antique store, a music store (mainly guitars),
two local-designer women’s clothing boutiques, a beauty salon (male & female), an internet cafe, three restaurants (Indian, Thai and the wonderful Chez Grisette), a
little grocery store and, across the street from no. 14, the neighbourhood ecole maternelle
(public pre-school). The ATM is around the corner.
Upper Crust in Montmartre! In May 2011, Pascal Barillon, the baker at Au Levain d'Antan, the closest boulangerie to our flat at 14 rue Houdon, was named the 1st prize
winner of the Meilleure Baguette de Paris for 2011. Located at 6 rue des Abbesses, where rue Houdon meets Abbesses, Au Levain d'Antan (translation: Leavening of Long Ago
or Yesteryear's Yeast) has the honor for 12 months of exclusively supplying the presidential table at the Elysee Palace. 2011 was the 4th year out of the last 5 that
Paris's Best Baguette award was won by a baker in Montmartre. The winner in 2011 was Djibril Bodian at Le Grenier a Pain Abbesses, 38 rue des Abbesses.
Transportation to other parts of Paris could not be easier, with two major Metro lines (2 & 12) and multiple bus stops a minute or two away on
Bring your most comfortable walking shoes. You will walk everywhere in Paris, but if you stay in the neighborhood you will not run out of things
We have made arrangements with a chauffeur service to provide transportation from the airport to our apartments.