Before Sunset Film Locations in Paris

Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy was made for the optimistic wanderlusters. Okay, that’s oddly specific but it’s best I can do to describe what kind of people the films will appeal to. So, being a fan of travel myself, and an optimist, it was inevitable I would want to track down all of the Before Sunset film locations in Paris.

Before Sunset (2004) is the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and the prequel to Before Midnight (2013). Celine is now living in Paris and Jesse is in town promoting his new book. The two meet and discuss their lives, hopes, dreams and that auspicious night in Vienna nine years ago.

Take a walk along the Seine river and maybe you’ll bump into Celine and Jesse falling in love all over again…

All of the Before Sunset Film Locations in Paris

Shakespeare & Company Bookshop, 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005

The iconic Parisian bookshop (once frequented by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce) is where we begin the film on the Parisian leg of Jesse’s book tour. He is promoting his book This Time, a retelling of his and Celine’s love affair in Vienna nine years previous. Celine tracks him down and surprises him here.

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Many, many streets – Rue Saint Julien le Pauvre, Rue Galande, Rue Des Jardins Saint-Paul, Rue de l’Ave Maria, Saint-Paul Village, Rue Charlemagne, Rue Eginhard, Rue Saint-Paul

After meeting at the bookshop, they reminisce as they walk through the backstreets of Paris. The streets don’t quite match up continuity wise as they are a little bit all over the shop. A few jump cuts here and there… But since it’s a film, we’ll forgive them that, won’t we?

Le Pure Café, 14 Rue Jean-Macé, 75011

After a good while of walking and talking, the old lovers stop for lunch at Le Pure Café. Hopefully, when you visit you’ll have better luck than me: it was January 1st when I visited this film location and it was sadly closed.

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Promenade Plantée, 1 Coulée Verte René-Dumont, 75012

This is a raised garden walk, not unlike New York City’s High Line. Celine and Jesse use the staircase at 90 Avenue Daumesnil to reach the platform walk.

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Quai de la Tournelle, 75005

After walking along the Promenade Plantée, Celine and Jesse bizarrely end up on the Left Bank near the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The location is pretty much right where they started at the Shakespeare & Company bookshop. They hop on a Bateau Mouche boat cruise and take a very short ride along the Seine river.

Quai Henri-IV, 75004

The couple docked the boat at this location, where there is a car waiting to take them to Celine’s apartment.

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Cour de l’Étoile-d’Or, 75 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, 75012

The address Celine gives the driver, 18 passage des Petites-Ecuries is not the real-life address of the apartment used in Before Sunset. It’s usually a gated community which must come in handy when you’re trying to shoot a film.

That’s all of the Before Sunset film locations in Paris! Have you seen Before Sunset or visited any of the film locations? Let me know in the comments below!


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Rebecca

I'm the human and hair behind Almost Ginger. I'm a cinephile travel obsessive vegetarian currently residing in Manchester.

2 thoughts on “Before Sunset Film Locations in Paris

  • 04/01/2018 at 1:44 pm
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    Very cool tracking down these spots. Unfortunately, I still need to watch these movies.

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    • 04/01/2018 at 8:07 pm
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      Thanks! 🙂 Yeah le Pure Cafe was AGES away from anywhere so it took a bit of time. Oh, I really like them but I’m always so hesitant to recommend them, a lot of people find them too talky.

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