Paris: Montmartre’s Cultural Treasure Trove

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Halle Saint Pierre, Montmartre

At the foot of Montmartre, before you mount the steps to climb to the big white church, is a former covered market called the Halle Saint Pierre. This building houses a museum, art gallery, auditorium, bookshop and cafe and specialises in fringe art (or art brut). This place is less than 20 minutes’ walk from my flat but shamefully I had never been in. I’ll be going back.

Banditi Dell Arte poster - Halle Saint Pierre 

Banditi Dell Arte poster from

Banditi dell’Arte is their current main exhibition, running until January 2013 – it features outsider Italian art from the likes of prisoners, inmates of psychiatric institutions plus there’s a section of contemporary folk art and includes paintings, sculptures, embroidered fabric and clothing and a dining room of all things …

They also hold musical concerts including jazz and piano, hold literary events and show films from time to time (see their website for details), and there’s a lovely quiet cafe that is especially welcome in such a busy tourist area.

Hey! magazine 

Hey! magazine cover –

The bookshop in the Halle Saint Pierre is a treasure trove of pop culture and art magazines, books for adults and children, and a wonderful graphic art mag called Hey!

So, next time you’re up at Montmartre, dodge the tourists and duck into the Halle St Pierre for a moment of calm and culture-spotting.

Halle Saint Pierre address etc

2, Rue Ronsard – 75018 Paris

M° : Anvers, Abbesses
Tél. : 33 (0) 1 42 58 72 89

Open from 10h to 18h

Saturday from 10h to 19h – Sunday from 11h à 18h


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