18th arrondissement

The 18th arrondissement is going through a revitalisation. It was first developed in the 1840s as a means of providing temporary housing to workers in the provinces, but it quickly grew into the landing area for European immigrants. This created a very colourful, lively and diverse neighbourhood. The shops are exotic and bazaar-like and the food stands offer a great selection of fruits and vegetables.

Some of the main attractions for tourists include Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Montmartre Cemetery and Le Moulin Rouge. The area still has a rough-around-the-edges reputation – however, locals pride themselves on that edge. The winding streets and the off-the-beaten-track cafés and restaurants offering a fresh spin on French cuisine are what makes the 18th appealing to so many.

Clignancourt and Pigalle are two areas where kitsch antique shops and jazz bars can be found alongside various fringe theatres halls, which local residents are fighting tooth and nail to keep.

The Espace Dali in Montmartre, with its many statues and paintings on the walls, exemplifies the love of beauty and playfulness that make up the 18th arrondissement. The quarter, but more specifically Montmartre, is much more than what the tour buses and souvenir shops present.

The experts say

The tramway line number T3 will be extended between Porte de la Chapelle and Porte d’Asnières offering 8 more stops. This is part of the resurrection of the 18th arrondissement and it will bring more dynamism.

The property market in 18th arrondissement

As the area is quite varied, prices differ between neighbourhoods. Goutte-d’Or is the more in demand area and has the more high-end properties to offer; of course, the Butte Montmartre near the Sacré-Coeur cathedral is also a very luxurious and high-demand area.

An 18th arrondissement property for sale, if a new apartment, starts at about €800,000 for a one-bedroom and escalates beyond the €1,000,000 price point to include a second bedroom. Near areas such as Clignancourt and La Chapelle, properties start at around €250,000 for a one-bedroom, which could be ideal for a Paris property investment.

The area’s reputation as an artful and eclectic neighbourhood makes it highly in demand with a younger demographic of locals and expats, or for a young entrepreneur looking for a Paris commercial property. The rental market is already quite high and constantly increasing with a price per square metre reaching 8,300 euros with more than 8% growth last year and nearly 19% in the past five years. The increasing dynamism of the district in particular with the extension of the metro line T3 is a big asset that will make the property value increase and the apartments more attractive to tourists - making it a great investment for rental incomes. Discover our exclusive collection of apartments for sale in Paris 18th arrondissement here

  • The area of Montmartre and most of the 18th arrondissement was heavily featured in the film Amélie (2001), which portrayed the neighbourhood in a modern way. Inevitably, it charmed audiences worldwide.
  • Moulin Rouge, in the Pigalle quarter, is where a multitude of French stars made their debut, including Edith Piaf. After many years of a rather questionable nightlife activity in the area, the quarter has started attracting new and modern bars, restaurants and hotels, which have made the 18th one of the trendiest arrondissements to go out to.

Three insiders tips for 18th arrondissement

GET – lost in the flea market Puces de Saint-Ouen. Since it opened in 1885, it has become the largest flea market in the whole of Europe.

DO – visit the Montmartre Cemetery, a lesser known but as interesting visit as Père Lachaise. It is a chance to pay your respects to many great artists, including painters Edgar Degas and Francis Picabia, and writers Emile Zola and Stendhal.  

SEE – a small obelisk from 1736 on Rue Girardon in the Grandes-Carrières Quarter.

At glance

  • Total Population – 199 135
  • Density – 33 133,9 per km sq
  • Area – 6 km sq
  • Charles de Gaulle airport: About 90 min by Métro
  • Orly airport: About 100 min by Métro
  • Châtelet – Les Halles: About 30 min by Métro
  • Eiffel Tower: About 45 min by Métro
  • Connected by the Métro lines 2, 4 and 12

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