A good movie? Studio 28 at 10 rue Tholoze, just off rue des Abbesses is a real treat. All the films are shown in
the original format with French subtitles when needed. The theater was designed by Jean Cocteau and is the
oldest continually operating cinema in Paris. If you don’t want to stand in line, just go to the café inside and have
a drink or a pastry. They will wave you into the theater when the film starts. (On their site check “programmes et
horares”, then “Pour imprimer le programme cliquez ici” for the latest film listing.)
Below and parallel to rue des Abbesses, stretching and winding from rue Lepic to rue Houdon is a small lane, rue
Véron. It’s a bit of a secret, with its small cafés, bars, shops and ateliers. Don’t miss it. It’s especially in character
late on a misty night when the cobble stones glow and the “ladies” of the night come out”.
Climb up to the top of the Butte Montmartre and the famous Basilque du Sacre-Coeur. Wander the rues!
Keep going and in a short while you will be in the “tissues” area where the colorful shops sell fabrics of all kinds –
and for some reason Middle Eastern belly dancing costumes. Beyond is the Goutte d’Or This fascinating area,
the location of many of Zola’s nineteenth century novels is largely populated by immigrants from France’s former
African colonies. Located on rue Dejean is one of our favorite cafés, Le Titanic. The Saturday/Wednesday
market under the metro tracks is one of the most fascinating in Paris.
Pigalle, lies just down the hill. It is a bustling urban area open 24 hours a day, and very colorful in its own way.
Need I say more?
At the end of rue des Abesses is rue des Martyrs. This is the rue that St. Denis marched in the third century
carrying his own head! It is still one of the most colorful rues in Paris equaling rue des Abbesses and rue Lepic in
its selection of shops and cafés.
Beth's Place is located in Montmartre, specifically the 'quartier' of Abbesses. You can go in any direction and its
All of Paris is literally at your feet! It is much smaller than one would think and the entire city can be walked from
end to end in less then two hours.
One block down and you are on rue des Abbesses, where there are wonderful neighborhood shops and cafés;
the bank and the post office and occasional street entertainment.
Just down rue Durantan are the boucheries and the many cafés on rue des Abbesses, turn down rue Lepic for
even more. If you have seen the wonderful quintessential French film “Amelie” you will recognize many of the
local sights. The area is one of magic at all times: on Saturdays when it seems everyone in Montmartre is
shopping; Sundays when the streets are closed to traffic and French accordion music wafts out from the cafés;
indeed at anytime. Sit in the cafés and watch the passing crowds.