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Paris's 18th arrondissement - the best of the outer circle

The 18th arrondissement of Paris lies on the right bank of the Seine, in the outer circle of districts. This would appear to rule it out as one of the more desirable areas, but this is not actually the case due to the fact that the 18th is home to some of Paris's best loved sights.

Paris's best loved sights
Here you can find not only the Bohemian café society of Montmartre, with its inherent colourful crowd of artists and intellectuals, but also the vast and ever fascinating flea markets which continue to command huge amounts of interest today as ever. The 18th arrondissement also has the famous dance venue of the Moulin Rouge, whose can-can dancers provide one of the most enduring images of Parisian life, and also the beautiful wedding cake structure of the Sacré Coeur which sits atop the hill and makes a most arresting sight.

Possibly the best flea markets in the world…

The 18th arrondissement is famous for its vast areas of flea markets, and if your idea of heaven is a balmy Parisian morning spent browsing for treasures in this rarefied atmosphere, then you couldn't find a better place than this. The Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen Port de Clignancourt has over 2,000 stalls, stretches for over sixteen kilometres, and offers everything from fine antiques to bric-a-brac and vintage fashion.

Bilingual Burlesque at the Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge is such a famous institution that it would seem almost criminal to spend time in the 18th arrondissement and not take in a show! Be prepared to spend some money, however, as the shows are not cheap. Popular with tourists and with Americans in particular, the shows are bilingual and quite spectacular.

The Sacré Coeur

This lovely church is a stunning sight, decked in white as it is and sitting on top of the hill on which Montmartre is built. Consecrated in 1919, and designed by a massive team of architects, the basilica offers a view of Paris second only to that obtained at the top of the Eiffel Tower. The Sacré Coeur is open daily for visitors, but there is an admission fee to pay.

The Place du Tertre

The Place du Tertre is the place to go if you are an art lover, or if you simply love the creative buzz that surrounds the artistic crowd. Here many artists bring their wares to see and be seen, and often settle down here to paint .You could have your portrait painted "while you wait!" You never know, the artist might become famous one day!

Wining and dining

Are there any good restaurants in the 18th arrondissement? Come on this is Paris! Of course there are some great restaurants, in fact, you can eat in almost any style and for any price here, but highly recommended for atmosphere are the café bars favoured by the arty set. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the food in this truly unique part of Paris.

The Kube

And if drinking is your thing and you want to be part of the cool crowd, why not try the Kube? Possessing an extensive drinks list and an array of extraordinary features, the Kube is best known for its Ice Kube Bar which serves chilled vodka in ice glasses in sub-zero temperatures. Found not far from Montmartre, this bar/club will not fail to amaze even the most adventurous of you.

How to get there

Paris is easy to access from the UK, as being a capital city it is well served by flights and airlines. Fly to Charles de Gaulle with Air France, easyJet, Jet2, bmi, bmibaby, easyJet, BA and Thomsonfly. Rail travel is another excellent option, as you can take Eurostar from London to Paris, and let the train take the strain!

Property prices and availability in and around Paris - 18th arrondissement

Parisian property is not cheap and although prices are rising, it still compares favourably with London property, making it a realistic investment for British buyers. Apartments are the norm here, and it helps if you are prepared to renovate, as many of the apartments are situated in old buildings which are in need of a little TLC to bring out their true glories.

Properties go quickly in the 18th arrondissement

The 18th arrondissement is not the most expensive area of Paris, but it does attract its fair share of property seekers, so prices can tend to be keen, and good properties sell quickly once available (average price is £3,180* per square metre).

Most reasonably priced properties
The most reasonably priced properties in the 18th arrondissement seem to be near the town hall, with prices between 5,000* and 5,600* euros per square metre. In fact some apartments here are being valued at between 4,000* and 5,000* euros per square metre.

Rising house prices
However, prices have been rising sharply since 1997, particularly in the streets leading up to the Sacré Coeur. Another relatively expensive area now is the Buttes, which is home to wealthy artists. Here, in the picturesque Quartier des Abbesses, ordinary properties in old buildings with no lifts are selling for more than 6,000* euros per square metre, while those on the top floors with panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower can reach 8,500* euros per square metre. (Be warned that there are limited parking spaces in this area. The locals don't perceive this to be a problem though as an electric minibus serves the Buttes, which they use instead of driving themselves.)

Rue Lepic
In Rue Lepic, opposite the Moulin de la Galette Ballroom, a south-facing 32 square metre apartment needing work was recently sold for 200,000 euros after the first viewing. In a beautiful building in this quiet area, a 42 square metre apartment with wooden floors and open views of the Sacré Coeur went for 275,000 euros.

Rue Caulaincourt and Avenue Junot
Meanwhile, family apartments on the noisy Rue Caulaincourt go for 6,000-7,000* euros per metre square, and those on the Avenue Junot, the most sought after street in the area, go for between 7,500* and 9,500* euros per square metre. Recently, a 60 square metre apartment in an Art-Deco building with a courtyard, went for 478,000 euros.

* 2006 prices.

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Paris Butte-Montmartre (arrondissement 18) AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Paris Butte-Montmartre (arrondissement 18)?

The 18th arrondissement of Paris is located on the right bank, on the northern outer circle of the city of Paris.

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Population: 30,739

Access: By air: Fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport with a variety of airlines. By rail: The Eurostar will take you from the UK to Paris.

Economy: The 18th arrondissement has a typically diverse city economy. There are some particularly large flea markets in this area, and it also benefits from tourism.

Interesting fact: Be prepared for a weird and wonderful international community, some of whom can be somewhat "colourful" in character, if you are buying here. And don't forget that this area does have an established red light zone, along the Boulevard de Clichy.

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