The city of lights has inspired many directors to use its streets, buildings, and bridges as the backdrop for their movies. The city’s beautifully preserved historic sites are perfect for all sorts of movies such as romantic, drama and action.
Of course, the most popular attractions such as the Louvre and Eiffel Tower have been featured in hundreds of films, but we wanted to track down the lesser-known attractions that directors chose as their filming locations.
Here is Urban Illustration’s top 5 must-visit movie locations of Paris.
- CAFÉ DES DEUX MOULINS – AMÉLIE
Why not drink a coffee at the famous café des Deux moulins, which was featured in the iconic movie The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain. In the film, the main character Amélie works at this cafe during the day. It is located on the corner of a quaint Cobblestone Street in Montmartre. The café looks almost exactly as it did in the film and includes various photos of Amelie from the film shooting. Don’t forget to try their ‘Crème Brûlée d’Amélie’, a classic crème brûlée dish flavoured with vanilla beans, which featured in the film as Amélie’s favourite treat.
- MUSÉE RODIN – MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
An amazing film directed by Woody Allen, and starring big names like Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and the then-First Lady of France Carla Bruni. One of the most iconic locations in the film is the Rodin Museum, which is nested in Paris’ Left Bank in the 7th arrondissement. It is a breathtaking area surrounded by lovely gardens. You can spot this location in the film, in the scene where the museum curator (Rachel McAdams) explains the story behind Rodin’s art to Gil (Owen Wilson) and Paul (Michael Sheen). The museum itself is a beautiful 18th-century mansion dedicated to the life and works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The works are housed in the beautiful that calls this piece of land home. An interesting fact about this location is that Napoleon’s tomb can be found here!
- BIR-HAKEIM BRIDGE – INCEPTION
Wouldn’t you want to take a walk knowing Leo DiCaprio has been in that exact spot? Well, now you can! Visit the famous Bir-Hakeim Bridge aka the ‘the bridge from Inception.’ The bridge is one of the first places where Ariadne discovers that she can manipulate a dream, which makes it a significant scene in the movie. You can find the bridge in the heart of Paris, quite close to the Eiffel Tower. It’s a graceful steel bridge, with a unique double-decker steel frame that makes it the perfect place for a photo. If you’re a Christopher Nolan fan, then make sure you add this location to your Paris list.
- LE CAVEAU DU HUCHETTE – LALA LAND
Le Caveau du Huchette in the Latin Quarter is a jazz club featured in the musical romantic film La La Land. To be more specific, this location is visited by Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) on a night out. The space is similar to an old-time cellar style jazz bar from the 20s. Interestingly enough, the bar was not well known before the film. It has since seen a rise in popularity as more and more people have recognised it from the motion picture. Le Caveau du Huchette will be a night out in Paris you’ll never forget. A great opportunity to explore the scenes from your favourite movie in real-time.
- LE NEMOURS – THE TOURIST
Have breakfast at the very place Angelina Jolie ate hers in the opening scene of The Tourist. Just around the corner from Le Louvre where Elise (Angelina Jolie) burns a letter using the tealight keeping her pot of tea warm. Sit down at a table on their outdoor terrace and enjoy the atmosphere at this elegant Paris Cafe. The theatre Comédie Française, is right next door to the restaurant. In fact, it’s not uncommon, in the evening, to see actors dine at the brasserie after their performances. A fun way to imagine yourself in Angelina’s shoes, fleeing from the enemy in the heart of Paris. However, be cautious that this area is very central and can get crowded.
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