4. Abbesses

An original Hector Guimard entrance at Port Dauphine

Rue des Abbesses
As one of only two original art nouveau glass canopies, or édicules (kiosks), left in Paris, the entrance to the Abbesses Paris subway station is something to be admired. Built by Hector Guimard, the entrance was originally covering the metro at Hôtel de Ville, before it was moved to the picturesque area of Montmartre, home to the Sacré Coeur, in the 1970s. You might also recognise the station (and the area) if you’ve watched the popular cult film Amelie, too. Abbesses is the deepest metro station at 36m under the pavements of Paris and as you wind your way down the stairs to the platforms you’ll be able to see the brightly coloured murals and graffiti-covered walls which, in itself is something worth seeing.