Amélie’s Most Picturesque Filming Locations in Paris

Amélie is a poetic French movie released in 2001, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

« Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain », which is set in the district of Montmartre, is a poetic depiction of contemporary Parisian life

It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of the people around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. The film is to date the most popular French-language film released in the United States, and one of the biggest international successes for a foreign movie.

The popular French movie Amélie (in French « Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain ») is mainly set in Montmartre, which is part the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Not so much in the most touristy neighborhood around the Place du Tertre, but rather in the more peaceful western part of the district.

A quiet street of Montmartre
A quiet street of Montmartre

With a group of photographers, we got the idea of taking a stroll in Montmartre along the locations where the film was set and was actually shot. As a matter of fact, film director Jeunet’s picture of Montmartre is idealized, but the actual locations of the movie Amélie – in French « Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain » – were real.

Montmartre courtyard and garden
Montmartre courtyard and garden

Going up rue Lepic, you will recognize some of the local shops, fruit and vegetables shops that Amélie described to a blind person. You will in particular recognize the Café des Deux Moulins where Amélie was a waitress.

The poster for the film is well displayed inside and although the tobacconist’s is no longer there, the bar still has the zinc counter of an authentic Parisian bistro. If you are a fan of the film, treat yourself to a crème brûlée and break the sugary crust with the end of a teaspoon …

Café des Deux Moulins, Paris
Café des Deux Moulins, Paris – Amélie’s Filming Locations in Montmartre, Paris

A second not to be missed venue is the grocer’s store Maison Collignon: it took its name from the film. It still sells fruit, vegetables and other foodstuffs, as well as a few souvenirs of Amélie – postcards and posters.

Grocer’s store Maison Collignon in Amélie - Amélie's Filming Locations in Montmartre
Grocer’s store Epicerie Maison Collignon in Amélie – Amélie’s Filming Locations in Montmartre, Paris, France

If you’re in the area, you’re only a few steps from Le Moulin de la Galette, which is a restaurant in an old windmill

Moulin de la Galette, Paris
Moulin de la Galette, Paris – Amélie’s filming locations in Montmartre

While walking the streets of Montmartre, you might be lucky enough to encounter a sculpture called Le Passe-Muraille (the Passer-Through-Walls). Le Passe-Muraille is the title of a story by Marcel Aymé about a man named Dutilleul who discovers that he can walk through walls.

Le Passe-Muraille, Montmartre
Le Passe-Muraille, Montmartre

And now to the little public garden with its old-fashioned merry-go-round, below Sacré-Cœur basilica. To get to the top of the butte (hill), take the flight of steps that line the lawns … or the funicular.

Sacred Heart Church in Montmartre
Sacred Heart Basilica in Montmartre – Amélie’s Filming Locations in Montmartre, Paris

On arriving at the heart of the village of Montmartre, leave behind the Place du Tertre and its busy environment, to find Amélie Poulain on Rue Saint-Vincent, bordering Montmartre vineyards.

Vineyards of Montmartre, Paris
Vineyards of Montmartre

Then take the Allée des Brouillards, among the little squares, little streets, little gardens, and fairy-tale houses among which she liked to dream … The metro Lamarck-Caulaincourt is just a few flights of steps away and, this time, it is Amélie’s station.

Have you seen the French movie « Amélie » (« Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain »)? What did you think of the film?

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