The best new places to eat in Paris' Montmartre, like SyLon with its wooden shop front.SyLon de Montmartre – Ali Postma

After living in Montmartre for several months, I would like to think that I know the area well. But even the small village around metro Abbesses is constantly evolving with new cafés, restaurants, and shops opening all the time. If you find yourself in the 18th arrondissement visiting Sacré-Cœur or the Moulin Rouge, make sure to stop by some of my favorite places that have opened recently:

The new cafés in Paris' Montmartre to go to like SyLon, where the faces of the artists who lived in the area are painted on the walls.SyLon de Montmartre – Ali Postma

SyLon de Montmartre

SyLon de Montmartre is a newly opened cafe located on rue Piémontési alongside the famous potelets by Le CyKlop, which are painted with the faces of renowned artists who lived or worked in Montmartre. With a wooden facade that you cant miss, and leather couches inside, SyLon de Montmartre is a cosy cafe perfect for enjoying a flat white or a slice of delicious carrot cake. Owner Carine is passionate about coffee and offers speciality brewing methods such as AeroPress, Chemex, and V60.

The place to go for brunch in Montmartre is Coutume Izakaya, with its window-fronted space that looks out onto a cobblestone street.

New restaurant in Montmartre, Coutume Izakaya serves delicious Japanese tapas (left) as well as breakfast, as the handwritten sign says on the window (right).Coutume Izakaya – Ali Postma and Coutume Izakaya*

Coutume Izakaya*

Already an established favourite in the 7th arrondissement, Coutume have opened their most recent venture, Coutume Izakaya* on rue Caulaincourt. The new address has a Japanese twist, serving not only speciality coffee but also traditional Japanese cuisine (they also have a cafe in Japan). On the menu for lunch is Donabe, a warming winter dish consisting of vegetables, meat and broth cooked in a clay pot. Being an izakaya (a Japanese pub), they’re also open for dinner, serving Japanese tapas and sake.

*permanently closed
Inside new Montmartre restaurant VAVA, with its exposed stone walls and timber tables.
A beetroot small plate at new restaurant Vava in Montmartre (left) and delicious fresh octopus (right).Vava


Owned by two longtime friends, Rida Amajod and Enzo Nicaise, VAVA is a neo-bistro with a Mediterranean influence. Chef Benjamin Mathieu trained in the kitchens of Alain Ducasse (Louis XV) and Eric Frechon (Bristol). Located on rue Veron, the restaurant is intimate and dimly lit with lovely decor, making it an ideal date spot. The menu focuses on seasonal, fresh produce. The service is excellent and the place is always busy, so reservations are recommended.

One of the best Italian restaurants in Paris' Montmartre, is Roberta, for its homemade pasta and pizza and canteen style interiors.

The chefs at Paris Italian restaurant Roberta, making fresh pasta in the kitchen, with the glass counter with fresh pasta on display in the foreground.Roberta – Ali Postma


Roberta is an Italian restaurant, epicerie fine, and traiteur owned by mother-son team Roberta and Michele. Housed in an old artisan workshop next to le mur de je t’aime on Place Abbesses, the restaurant offers a selection of mozzarella, salumeria, antipasti, and gelati as well as their specialist di pasta fresca from their very own Fresh Pasta Lab. The delicatessen features nearly 300 products, 100% of which are imported directly from Italy including charcuterie, marinated olives and artichokes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tartufo butters and oils, and passata.

The fresh produce, like hams and cheeses, in fridges at best Italian restaurant in Paris, Roberta.

Hams and cheeses in fridges at Roberta Italian restaurant in Paris' Montmartre area.Roberta – Ali Postma


Located at the base of the stairs leading up to Sacré-Cœur, (magasin) is a concept store which stocks both French and international up and coming brands. The store sells trendy footwear by the French brand Pairs in Paris, clothing for both men and women by Danish brand Samsoe and Samsoe, ceramics by Japanese brand Kinto, candles by Skandinavisk, tea from UK brand Teapigs and more. Myriam and Maxime – the young couple that own the store – are friendly and helpful, and theres a small cafe at the back for tea, coffee or cake.

One of the best places to eat in Montmartre, is Roberta, an Italian restaurant with a wooden facade and a window looking out onto a cobblestone street.Roberta – Ali Postma

SyLon de Montmartre – 4bis Rue Piemontesi, 75018.  +33 (0) 1 42 57 58 10. Open Monday, Wednesday – Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm. Metro: Abbesses (ligne 12).

Coutume Izakaya – 122 Rue Caulaincourt, 75018. +33 (0) 1 44 85 73 15. Open Tuesday – Saturday 9-12am. Metro: Lamarck – Caulaincourt (ligne 12).

VAVA – 42 Rue Véron, 75018. +33 (0) 1 53 41 15 40. Open Tuesday – Saturday 12-2.3opm, 7.30-11pm. Metro: Blanche (ligne 2).

Roberta – 5 Rue la Vieuville, 75018. +33 (0) 1 42 59 33 32. Open Monday – Friday 12-3pm, 7-10.30, Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm, 7-10.30pm. Metro: Abbesses (ligne 12).

(magasin) – 35 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018. +33 (0) 9 83 33 96 05. Tuesday – Friday 11am-7.30pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm. Metro: Abbesses (ligne 12).

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Written by Ali Postma for HiP Paris. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, Tuscany, Umbria or Liguria? Check out Haven In.


Ali Postma

Ali is from Melbourne, Australia, where she studied Art History and Art Curatorship at Monash and The University of Melbourn. She has worked in various art galleries. Passionate about all things arts and culture, she has a particular interest French film, Nordic noir, photography, street art and architecture. Ali has lived in Paris since 2016 and has written extensively on art, food, beauty and more. Her work has in publications including BW Confidential, Oh My Mag, and HIP Paris.

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