No visit to Montmartre would be complete without a wander around the Place du Tertre to observe artists painting at their easels and showcasing their work. This bustling area also boasts some of the oldest restaurants in Paris, including La Mère Catherine founded as far back as 1793. La Mère Catherine
is bursting with symbols of the old days, with the ambience of old Montmartre captured in the paintings that line the walls, live musicians singing the likes of Piaff
as they circle the red and white gingham-dressed tables and a menu of copious French classics, including onion soup bubbling with melted cheese, frogs legs and the famous apple pie known as tarte tatin. In the summer months, La Mère Catherine shares the Palace du Tertre with the artists, setting up a secluded terrace and providing an excellent spot to linger over a long lunch to the sound of the bells chiming from the nearby Sacré Coeur.