Pigalle, which was once called as “Pig Alley” by the Allies during the Second World War, holds the reputation of being one of the most lively and animated neighborhoods in the City of Lights. As a result, most tourists who are on their Paris tour try to visit this Parisian neighborhood after covering the other popular tourist attractions in the city.
It is true that Paris’ Pigalle has a lot in store for tourists who are looking to make the most of their Paris private tour. Still several tourists often refrain themselves from visiting this lively Paris neighborhood because they have a misconception that Pigalle is a spot for cabaret lovers and the ones who are seeking adult-only entertainment. The reality is that Paris’ Pigalle is not just about adult-only entertainments.
The surrounding of Paris’ Pigalle conveys an almost “villagey” and authentic atmosphere, particularly in the Batignolles area and on la Butte Montmartre. Moreover, it does allow you to enjoy Paris city to its fullest. So, try to schedule a visit to Pigalle while you are going on a Paris private tour. Below are few things you should do near Paris’ Pigalle.
Sacré Coeur Basilica
The Sacré Coeur Basilica, which is situated on la Butte de Montmartre, is one of the most iconic churches in the City of Lights. The architectural beauty of this Roman Catholic Church and the interior lavish mosaics will make you fall in love with this structure. The Basilica of the building, which was built by internationally renowned architect Paul Abadie, is a classic example of the Romanesque-Byzantine style.
Batignolles, which is located near the Place de Clichy, served as the headquarters of famous French poets such as Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine. The famous French novelist, Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola and the French painter, Édouard Manet were also regulars of the cafes in this neighborhood. If you wish to get a taste of the authentic Parisian life, head straight to the Bobo bistros and have a drink on the terrace of any of these buildings.
Musée de la Vie Romantique
Once you have experienced the arty Batignolles and Montmartre areas of Paris, you might be a little bit tempted to know more about Paris’ Romantic era. Head straight to the picturesque Musée de la Vie Romantique, which is located in rue Chaptal. The secret garden and the courtyard café of this elegant museum transforms into a stunning tearoom during the summer months, which is something you don’t want to miss while you are exploring the romantic side of Paris.