The Pigalle – Saint Georges district, often nicknamed New Athens because of its architecture, is undoubtedly the romantic Parisian neighbourhood. Charming little squares like the Place Saint Georges, or the Place Gustave Toudouze and delightful town houses (Hotel Mademoiselle de Mars, Hotel de Mademoiselle Duchesnois, Hotel Thiers…) bear witness to the romantic nature of this neighbourhood. However, this popular spot with tourists is also known as a red-light district because of its proximity to Pigalle district, with its numerous sex shops, bars, nightclubs and museum of erotica. You will also find Paris’ famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge, here since 1889. Despite the scandalous reputation attributed to the Pigalle – Saint Georges neighbourhood, the area has its more cultured side too: the Gustave Moreau Museum, in the painter’s former studio, has 13,000 of his works on display, while the Museum of Romantics, in the former house of painter Ary Scheffer, exhibits novelist Georges Sands’ memorabilia.
Also worth seeing: the charming Square Berlioz; the famous auditorium Elysée Montmartre; the Casino de Paris and the Cigale concert hall; the Church of the Sainte-Trinité is Italian Renaissance in style.