When you set a whimsical film in the heart of Montmartre and pair it with a sense of mystery and a modern day fairytale, then the results are well worth a watch. Also known as ‘Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain’ in French, here are all of the very best Amélie filming locations in Paris you’ll want to see for yourself!
For those unfamiliar with the 18th arrondissement of Paris (i.e. the district of Montmartre and where most of the Amelie film is set), it’s worth noting that this is one area of Paris you should place at the top of your French capital bucket list. After all, the 18th was once a small community in its own right that has since been absorbed into the fabric of Paris proper. As a result, visit at any given moment and you can expect to find cobbled lanes and a vintage ambience. Check here for the very best things to do in Montmartre!
Café des Deux Moulins
Literally ‘the two windmills café’, this is where Amélie works in the movie. And yes, it is a real café where you can go to eat, drink, and perhaps even order a coffee like a local… As you might imagine, the historic coffee shop takes its name from two nearby windmills, that of the Moulin Rouge and the Moulin de la Galette and can be found at No. 15, Rue Lepic.
Located in the 18e arrondissement, this ancient road is full of history and well worth a wander along, if only to check out the quirky architecture. In the film, Amélie walks down Rue Lepic every day on her way to work. It’s also where she shops and you can see stores like the greengrocers from the film. In real life, it’s along Rue Lepic where you’ll find the lost windmills of Paris.
Gare de l’Est
Gare de l’Est is one of the main stations in Paris, and chances are, if you’re visiting the city by train this may well be the station you arrive at. In the film, Gare de l’Est is where Amélie heads to use the photo booth. Although the interior has been changed since the filming of Amélie, you can still wander through the station and put your imagination to work!
Other than Montmartre, Amélie has a distinct love for Canal Saint-Martin and the 10e arrondissement of Paris. She heads here to hang out and skim stones. In real life, it’s a lovely body of water to wander along and also happens to be a great place to enjoy a Parisian picnic. Come summertime, chilling out along Canal Saint-Martin is a great alternative to sitting alongside the Seine.
The Sacré-Coeur is not only one of the best Amélie filming locations in Paris but one of those must-see iconic city attractions in its own right. In the movie, Amélie sets up a meeting between herself and the man she loves, Nino, at the base of the Sacré-Coeur.
She then arranges a treasure hunt where he has to climb the steps and up to the basilica itself. To reach the Sacré-Coeur from the base of the steps, you can either climb the steps for yourself, or you can take the Funiculaire de Montmartre. One ride to the top is the price of a single metro ticket. Before heading to the top, make sure to check out the beautiful vintage carousel that lies at the base of the steps!
Search for the Sinking house of Montmartre
Though not one of the actual Amélie filming locations in Paris, if you want to get a sense of the fantastical that the film so produces, then why not try your hand at making some of your own magic? And embark on a treasure hunt of your own along the way…
Near the top of the Sacré-Coeur stairs, if you tilt your camera the right way, you can make it look as if the house to the right is sinking into the grassy bank. Here’s where you can find the sinking house of Montmartre.
Wander around the rest of Montmartre
If you want to get a real sense of whimsical Montmartre and get a feel for the rest of the Amélie filming locations in Paris, then wander around the rest of the arrondissement, giving yourself plenty of time to soak in the ambience of it all.
Head to places like Place du Tertre (a hotspot for artists) and Place Dalida (home to one of the prettiest cobbled streets in the city). And if you want a guide for exploring Montmartre, here’s a self-guided tour of Montmartre by foot.