For a tranquil yet trendy shopping experience
Word to the wise: The area is small so combine your shopping with a visit to the Moulin Rouge or Montmartre up the hill.
Talk of the town: Café des Deux Moulins on Rue Lepic is featured in the movie 'Amélie'.
This small area may abound with hip boutiques, artisan boulangeries and shabby-chic bistros, but somehow it has retained its village atmosphere, and you can’t help but feel everyone knows each other from the stiff old gentlemen to the lost show girls.
Some unconverted cafes and odd junk shops survive from the old Montmatre, but mainly the area has been gentrified without losing its authentic charm, and for that reason it is a favourite hangout for Paris’ BoBo's (bourgeois bohemians).
Centred around the pretty little merry-go-round in the Place des Abbesses, the streets are lined with open-air stalls, cafes and shops, with the three main streets having a range of vintage, thrift and young brands such as Kookai, lingerie boutique Princesse Tam Tam and boutique Roxan.