Restaurant “La Bonne Franquette”
Angle 2 rue des Saules / 18 rue Saint Rustique
Montmartre – 75018 Paris

Friday 27 March 2020 – 07:30 hrs PM

The welcome dinner organized as part of the Rotary Presidential Conference at UNESCO will take place in the historic restaurant of Montmarte, “La Bonne Franquette”, near the Sacré Coeur and the Place du Tertre in Paris.

This year the Basilica of Montmartre celebrates its 100th anniversary: its construction, the result of a national subscription, was decided after the defeat of 1870 and completed in 1914 but its consecration only took place in 1919. This jubilee leads the organizers of Rotary Day to suggest that you rediscover, at your convenience, the Butte Montmartre, La Place du Tertre, a Parisian tourist, artistic and mythical place, then conclude this walk with an on-site dinner.

La Bonne Franquette, less than 100m from Place du Tertre, was at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century a meeting place for major artists: Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Monet, Zola… were thirsty under the arbours of the garden after the ascent of the Butte… In addition, Suzanne Valadon and Utrillo and many others came to it…

Many street children, homeless, hungry, were hanging around the streets of Paris and Montmartre at the beginning of the century, sometimes stealing for food. They were an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Francisque Poulbot and still remain today, through Stanislas Pozar’s drawings, an essential image of the Montmartre landscape. These children, traditionally known as Poulbots, will welcome us joyfully when we arrive at the restaurant in La Bonne Franquette, site of the Republic of Montmartre.

Montmartre is a district full of authentic charm, famous for the Sacré-Coeur basilica and a magnificent view of Paris.

For the price of a metro ticket, visitors can take the funicular to the top of Montmartre hill. More sporty types can climb the 222 steps leading up through the Louise Michel public garden.

After visiting the basilica, visitors enjoy strolling around this historic area: there is Place du Tertre and its famous caricaturists, the Espace Dalí, the Montmartre grapevines ,the cabaret du Lapin Agile, the Musée Montmartre …The walk continues down to the world famous Moulin Rouge cabaret.

On the way, there is plenty to interest visitors: arty and trendy shop windows in rue des Abbesses and rue Tardieu, shops in rue Lepic, the cosmopolitan rue de Steinkerque, the saucy Pigalle district (sex shops) and Montmartre cemetery.

A few minutes walk from the Moulin Rouge, in SoPi (South Pigalle), the tea room in the garden of the Musée de la Vie Romantique is a delightful place to stop for refreshments.