If you are looking for inspiration to book a trip to Paris, France, then watching one of the most charming and sumptuous films every made, Amelie, would certainly seal the deal. It is what La Dolce Vita was for Rome and most Woody Allen films are for New York. Here are some of the best locations to include on your trip around Paris with the film Amelie.
Rue Saint Vincent
The northern hill of Montemarte is the stage for much of the film and being a thriving artistic and sentimental district it makes perfect sense to shoot a film like Amelie here. The hill rises through cobbles of quaint little back streets to the summit of the shiny white dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. Picasso and Dali have been inspired by the colour and vibrancy of the area in the past and the gentle rue des Trois Freres is where Amelie lives and where the film begins as a film.
Line 6 Station
Amelie spends her time in strange places and the Parisian Metro is one. Throughout the film she collects passport photographs from the floor of the stations and the one used in the film is La Motte-Picqet-Grenelle. Opened in 1906 this station is a vital link in the Metro chain as it bisects three lines and gets very busy during commuter time. The male lead in the film, Nino, scatters posters around the station platform for Amelie to find.
Palace Video, 37 boulevard de Clichy
In case you don’t know already, the Moulin Rouge is all about love and lust, which brings us near to the famous theatre on this street where you find the location for where Nino works. It’s quite out of character for him and certainly out of character for the film too but this real sex shop fits in very nicely with the rest of the Pigalle area.
Playful Amelie sets up a treasure hunt for her man Nico that provides us with a clever way to take in much of the site surrounding the famous church on the hill. As Nico follows the arrows up the long steps leading to the top of the entire City (on land that is not up a certain tower). As you walk you’ll be greeted by children playing, tourists snapping and mime artists…standing very still, just like Nico did in the film. When you reach the top why not pop a coin in the telescope like our friend did too and take in the view.
Café des Deux Moulins
I’ve saved the very best until last. If you know Amelie then one location that will be in your heart is the beautiful art deco café where she works and ponders the cards she’s been dealt in life. The great news is that it’s a real working café and now totally indebted to the film for its roaring business all year round. Everything you remember from the film is more or less inside, apart from a poster of the character Amelie, which signals the owners debt to the film. It’s not the easiest café to find in Paris, which I think makes it even more special. Head down Rue Lepic until is forms part of Rue de Abessess and it’s right on the corner.
Hotels in Paris
Hotel Nord et Champagne
Average Price: €55
Average Rating: 6.9
Belambra City Hôtel Le Magendie
Average Price: €58
Average Rating: 8.1
Grand Hotel Amelot
Average Price: €81
Average Rating: 7.2