The 18th arrondissement has undergone a period of revitalisation in recent years. Developed in the 1840s to provide housing for workers, it quickly expanded to become an area which is young, dynamic and “bobo” - an interesting mix of boho counterculture and bourgeoisie values. It's a very cosmopolitan neighbourhood.
The main points of interest include Sacré-Cœur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart), the Montmartre Cemetery and the iconic Moulin Rouge. The colourful and lively streets, cafes, restaurants and various shops give a glimpse of the lifestyle and French gastronomy that contributes to much of the charm of the 18th arrondissement.
Clignancourt and Pigalle are two neighbourhoods where you will find kitsch antique shops and jazz bars, along with various theatres which residents are fighting to preserve.
The Dali museum in Montmartre, with its many statues and paintings on the walls, symbolises the love, beauty and wholeness that characterise the 18th arrondissement. The neighbourhood, especially Montmartre, is much more than just bus tours or souvenir shops.