AmÉlie (Le Fabuleux Destin d'AmÉlie Poulain), 2001

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Paris flights: Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport

Most of the locations for Amelie can be found around Montmartre, Paris (Metro: Abbesses)

Visit: Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris


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For more of romantic Paris, see Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, or Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset

If you're in Montmartre, you can see the steep flight of steps and the bar from Ronin.

Amelie film location: rue Saint Vincent, Montmartre, Paris

Amélie film location: the bluebottle: rue Saint Vincent, Montmartre, Paris

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who made the studio-bound Delicatessen and City of Lost Children, films on locations around the city of Paris, and risks jettisoning the darkness of those films to tread the fine line between charmingly whimsical and the wincingly twee.

Amelie film location: Notre Dame, Paris

Amélie film location: Amélie’s mother is killed: Notre Dame, Paris

Jeunet just about manages to stay on the right side, setting the tone when Amélie’s mother is killed by a tourist plummeting from the tower of Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris.

He turns Paris, and particularly Montmartre – the director’s home turf – into a brightly-coloured fantasy (though you might be surprised to know that the interiors were shot in the studio in Germany, in Cologne).

Amelie film location: rue des Trois Freres, Montmartre, Paris

Amélie film location: Amelie's apartment: rue des Trois Freres, Montmartre, Paris

The film opens with a bluebottle buzzing along the charming, cobbled rue Saint Vincent at rue des Saules, running behind Sacre Coeur in Montmartre.

Amélie's apartment and the grocery store alongside can also be found in Montmartre (close to the bar where Robert de Niro and crew meet up in John Frankenheimer's Ronin). The store is Au Marche de la Butte, rue des Trois Freres at rue Androuet, while the entrance to the apartment is just around the corner at 56 rue des Trois Freres.

Amelie film location: Au Marche de la Butte, Passage des Abbesses, Montmartre, Paris

Amélie film location: the greengrocer store: Au Marche de la Butte, Passage des Abbesses, Montmartre, Paris

And not far away is Métro Lamarck-Caulaincourt, the beautiful Metro station with the double staircase, where the blind man experiences a moment of transcendence as Amélie describes the mouthwatering sights of the bustling market on rue Lamarck.

Amelie film location: Lamarck-Caulaincourt Metro Station, Paris

Amélie film location: Amélie describes the market to the blind man: Lamarck-Caulaincourt Metro Station, Paris

Amélie (Audrey Tautou) searches for ‘Bretodeau’, to return his box of precious mementoes, in a phone booth at the northern end of rue Mouffetard at rue Clovis, down in the Left Bank's cosmopolitan Latin Quarter, not far from the Pantheon.

Amelie film location: La Verre a Pied, Rue Mouffetard, Paris

Amélie film location: Amélie returns the box of mementoes: La Verre a Pied, Rue Mouffetard, Paris

The bar in which she overhears the result of her good deed is just to the south, Le Verre a Pied, 118 bis rue Mouffetard.

Amelie film location: Pont des Arts, Paris

Amélie film location: a sudden surge of love: Pont des Arts, Paris

She's imbued with a surge of love and the desire to help mankind while crossing the wooden Pont des Arts, by the Louvre (scene of the failed suicide attempt in Boudu Sauvé des Eaux, Jean Renoir's 1932 classic, remade by Hollywood as Down and Out in Beverly Hills). It”s also the spot where Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) disappears at the end of The Bourne Identity.

Amelie film location: Line 6 Station of La Motte-Picqet-Grenelle, Paris

Amélie film location: Amélie sees Nino's “Ou et quand?” posters: Line 6 Station of La Motte-Picqet-Grenelle, Paris

Amélie sees Nino's “Ou et quand?” posters on the Line 6 Station of La Motte-Picqet-Grenelle.

She sets up a complicated assignation, involving following blue arrows, on the steps in front of Sacre Coeur, dominating Montmartre, and solves the riddle of the mystery man, who’s been leaving his photo everywhere, in the ticket hall of Gare de l’Est.

Amelie film location: Palace Video, Boulevard de Clichy, Pigalle, Paris

Amélie film location: the video store in which Nino works: Palace Video, Boulevard de Clichy, Pigalle, Paris

Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz) works in Palace Video, 37 boulevard de Clichy, a sex shop in the raunchy Pigalle district (where you’ll find the original, though rather touristified, Moulin Rouge nightclub is still operating).

Amelie film location: Cafe; les Deux Moulins, Montmartre, Paris

Amélie film location: Crème brulée: Café les Deux Moulins, Montmartre, Paris

But, of course, the location you really want to see is the lovely art deco cafe where Amélie works, which is, surprisingly, real. It’s Café des Deux Moulins, 15 rue Lepic at rue Cauchois. It can be a bit tricky to find. Rue Lepic winds down from Place du Tertre then seems to merge into rue des Abbesses. In fact, the street turns sharply south, and the cafe is south of rue des Abbesses.

And, yes, you can sample the crème brulée here, which is now named after Amélie.


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