This arrondissement includes lively, bustling immigrant neighborhoods such as Barbes and La Goutte d'Or, but is probably best known for the poetry-drenched Montmartre: the legendary center of the early modernism community. Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and countless other artists and writers worked their magic here, and the narrow, cobblestone-paved streets, steep stairways, hidden gardens, cemeteries and vineyards betray the fact that Montmartre was, until recently, a village in its own right, tucked away from the city.
With its towers and white onion dome, Sacré-Cœur – the Sacred Heart Church is a striking building that offers views of the city unsurpassed anywhere but from the Eiffel Tower. Montmartre Cemetery has a number of famous occupants, but the real reason to visit this cemetery is to see the ornate tombstones and sculptures. Artists paint portraits of tourists at Artists' Square, place du Tertre, and kids and adults can learn to paint at Môm'artre, an arts center hosted by neighborhood artists.
Widely-acclaimed as the largest flea market in all of Europe, the sprawling Clignancourt Flea Market is made up of winding, sometimes chaotic arcades selling everything from fine antiques through to collectible kitsch and bric-a-brac.
Many of the hotels of the 18th are within walking distance of Gare du Nord, so visitors arriving via train could consider walking or taking a cab from the station. From other parts of Paris, the best way to access the area is by Métro. The 18th is primarily served by the Métro 4 and 12 lines from the centre of town, or the 2 from the east and west.