Julie & Julia (2009), Chef (2014)… We sure do love a movie that combines food and travel. It helps when the foodie film is shot in some faraway, gorgeous locale like middle-of-nowhere France. But, exactly where was The Hundred-Foot Journey filmed?
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) is based on a novel about a rivalry between a Michelin starred French restaurant and the new Indian restaurant across the street. Exactly 100ft opposite. The Kadam family must prove that Maison Mumbai is a fine establishment while Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) objects to their presence.
You will be disappointed to find out there aren’t many The Hundred-Foot Journey filming locations in France, or anywhere for that matter. Director Lasse Hallström shot a lot of the movie in Cité du Cinéma studio just north of Paris. And he used a heck of a lot of CGI and green screen on the locations that do exist so in real life they are almost unrecognisable. But don’t worry! There are still some beautiful The Hundred-Foot Journey locations you can visit and I’ve listed them all and provided a map, too.
Where Was The Hundred-Foot Journey Filmed?
The Hundred-Foot Journey Filming Locations in France
1. Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Tarn-et-Garonne
The film opens with the Kadam family in Mumbai, India. Terrorists bomb their restaurant over a political issue, so the family seek asylum in London, England before settling in Midi-Pyrénées. The first The Hundred-Foot Journey location in France is an ambiguous one. Hallström filmed for nine weeks in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, situated in the Tarn-et-Garonne department. So, most of the street scenes and countryside scenes next to the river are in and around this town.
I’m just not exactly sure where! Because as I mentioned, a lot of the scenes are rife with CGI. If you know of any specific filming locations, do let me know.
2. Castelnau-de-Lévis, Tarn-et-Garonne
I’m not sure if Castelnau-de-Lévis is one of The Hundred-Foot Journey film locations or not. My research tells me it might be! It’s really close to Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the same region. Maybe the scene at the beginning of the film when Marguerite helps tow the Kadam family to the garage? Who knows! Beautiful village either way.
3. Carlus, Tarn-et-Garonne
This is a The Hundred-Foot Journey filming location I am 100% certain exists. Not long after rolling into town, Papa Kadam (Om Puri) stumbles across a dilapidated farmhouse/restaurant. He sees the potential to turn it into a high-quality Indian restaurant-cum-home for his family. Madame Mallory’s restaurant Le Saule Pleureur is directly opposite his.
I’m sure you already sensed there is some CGI at play here. In fact, there is a lot. Maison Mumbai is an actual farmhouse that the film crew rented for a few weeks. But Le Saule Pleureur? The facade is half set, half CGI and the landscape surrounding the two restaurants is mostly CGI. The Hundred-Foot Journey shot the exterior restaurant scenes in a very small village called Carlus just off the D84 road. I’ve pinned the precise farmhouse on the Google map at the top of this post.
It is a private residence so unfortunately, you probably can’t rock up and have a wander around.
4. Halle de Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Place de la Halle, Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val
Fortunately, this is another The Hundred-Foot Journey film location that is very real. It’s the farmer’s market in the centre of the town. The characters purchase fresh produce for their respective restaurants from Halle de Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in Place de la Halle. The main structure dates back to 1840 but most of the market sprawls out onto the streets. The market takes place every Sunday morning and has existed in one form or another for over a century.
Throughout the film, characters sit at various restaurants and cafés in Place de la Halle. One of which is Glaces Café.
5. Chateau La Durantié, Lanouaille
The exterior of La Saule Pleureur might be an illusion, but the interior is very real. It is extremely swanky Chateau La Durantié in Lanouaille. It boasts well-lit, bright white dining rooms, high ceilings and I’m sure the food served at this place is top-notch too.
6. Georges, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Madame Mallory hires Hassan, Maison Mumbai’s top chef, and he promptly earns her a Michelin star. Soon, all the top Parisian restaurants want to hire him so he leaves Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val to work at La Baleine Grise, a modern French fusion restaurant. In reality, the restaurant is Georges which occupies the top floor of Centre Pompidou in Paris. It has an industrial design with glass walls so customers are treated to a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
So, where was The Hundred-Foot Journey filmed? All of these filming locations in France! Have you watched the movie or visited any of The Hundred-Foot Journey filming locations? Let me know in the comments below!
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