Tourists and French film lovers alike have been hunting Amélie film locations in Paris since the film was released in 2001.
Amélie or The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain is the eccentric tale of an eccentric woman. She lives in Montmartre and decides to help people be happy. That is, of course, until she meets Nino and can’t help but try and be happy herself. However, in the world of Amélie, the course of true love was never going to run smooth.
The film’s director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, lived in Montmartre which is a neighbourhood in Northern Paris. Most of the film locations are there but a few are dotted around the city. The interior shots were filmed in a studio in Cologne, Germany. Some scenes were filmed in a different area of France, Val-d’Oise, just north of Paris.
Here, I’ve listed all of the Amélie film locations that I could track down in Paris. I’ve listed the ones in Montmartre first and then the rest of Paris. Just to pre-warn you, it’s an extensive list.
All of the Amélie Film Locations in Paris…
1. Café des Deux Moulins, 15 Rue Lepic
This is the café where Amélie worked. This film location is largely the reason why people love tracking down Amélie film locations. Not only is it a real café set and located in Montmartre, the exterior and interior were used in the film. It’s about as real as film locations can get.
The interior has changed somewhat since 2001 as there is no longer a tobacco counter, but take it from me: the cardamom Crème brûlée is magnifique.
2. Amélie’s Apartment, 56 Rue des Trois Frères
Amélie doesn’t live far from Café des Deux Moulins, just a short walk away.
3. Au Marché de la Butte (Maison Collignon), corner of Rue des Trois Frères/Rue Androuet
Amélie’s local grocery is not far from her apartment – it’s right down the street. Montmartre is a really compact neighbourhood. Amélie likes to stop and listen to gossip here and is friends with the shop assistant Lucien.
4. Rue Saint-Vincent
The film begins with a shot of this street, which is the street the blue bottle flies down as Amélie is born.
5. Abbesses Métro Station, 22 Rue des Abbesses
This station is where Amélie meets the blind man playing his record on the platform. It’s also where Amélie meets Nino for the first time as he searches for photos underneath the photobooth there.
6. Lamarck – Caulaincourt Métro Station, 53 Rue Lamarck
Later in the film, Amélie spots the blind man she met earlier. She takes him on a walk down the Rue Lamarck and comments on the sights as they pass. She leaves him at this Métro Station with the grand double staircase.
7. La Chapelle Métro Station, Boulevard de la Chapelle, 75018
The bridges near La Chapelle Station were used during the montage when Amélie was having no luck finding the right Mr Bretodeau. As you can tell, there are many, many Métro Stations in Amélie and it can be quite confusing! Sometimes two different real-life Métro Stations were used as one.
8. Palace Video, 37 Boulevard de Clichy
Nino works at this Adult video store, except on Wednesdays when he works at the Funfair. The real-life shop has now moved on from the adult video industry and is called ‘Toys Palace’ instead.
9. Sacré-Coeur Basilica, 37 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre
The famous Parisian church appears in the film when Amélie leaves blue arrows for Nino that lead him up the stairs to the Sacré-Coeur lookout. It also snatches a few cursory shots later in the film when Amélie rides with Nino on his scooter.
10. Funiculaire – Gare Basse, next to Louise Michel Square
The funicular stop is at the bottom of the hill leading to the Sacré-Coeur. This is where Amélie asks Nino to meet her by the merry-go-round and calls him from a payphone.
11. Rue Ernest Roche, 75017
At the very end of the film, this is the street where Amélie and Nino ride away on his scooter, looking very much in love.
The rest of Paris…
1. Notre-Dame Cathedral, 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004
Early in the film, Amélie’s mother is killed by a tourist committing suicide by jumping off the top of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Yes, Amélie is that kind of film.
2. Canal Saint-Martin, Folie-Méricourt, 75011
An iconic Amélie film location, the Canal Saint-Martin features early in the film. One of Amélie’s hobbies is to skip rocks from the bridge and throughout the film, she regularly picks up stones to presumably skip rocks at a later time.
3. Gare du Nord Train Station
This is train station Amélie frequents when she visits her dad’s home, just north of Paris.
4. Gare de l’Est Train Station
This is the train station with the most iconic photobooth in the film. It is first spotted in the film when Nino runs away from Amélie as she chases him, Garden Gnome in tow. The ticket hall, Salle des pas perdus, has seen a lot of refurbishment since the film was released, but I have it on good authority that a photo booth is still in existence.
5. Phonebox, near the corner of Rue Descartes/Rue Clovis
This is the phone box where Amélie returns Bretodeau’s box of mementoes for him to find. It’s a gorgeous open space and in the film, it is next to a huge flower stall.
6. Porte des Lilas Métro Station, Rue de Belleville, 75019
The station appears only briefly when Amélie tries to give money to a homeless man.
7. Le Verre à Pied Bar, 118 Rue Mouffetard, 75005
This is the bar where Amélie eavesdrops on Bretodeau sharing the story of her anonymous kind deed by returning his box to him.
8. Pont des Arts (Bridge), 75006
Upon overhearing that her good deed paid off, Amélie skips merrily across this famous and quirky Parisian bridge.
One thing I love about this film is that it sets each location exactly where it is in real life Paris. The Le Verre à Pied Bar is south of the river Seine, so of course, Amélie must head north over the bridge back to Montmartre. It’s also believable that she spends so much time in Métro Stations because Paris is huge.
9. Foire du Trone Fairground, Pelouse de Reuilly, 75012
This is the funfair where Nino works and Amélie visits and ends up on the Haunted House ride. If you wanted to visit, it is only open from April-May every year.
10. Line 6 Station, La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle Métro Station, Boulevard de Grenelle, 75015
This is one of the Métro Stations where Nino has plastered posters for Amélie to see. The posters read ‘Ou et Quand?’ which translates to ‘Where and When?’
And there you have all of the Amélie film locations in Paris! Have you ever visited a film location from Amélie in Paris? Have you always wanted to? Let me know in the comments below!