Oh Amélie! What a darling girl in a darling little film. Who could believe it’s already been 15 years since this beautiful, whimsical Jean-Pierre Jeunet film came out. It was a massive hit in France and worldwide, winning a host of film awards. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of this delightful film on this, my 15th trip to Paris, I collected a ton of information for you and will give you ALL the details you need to know to find your own little piece of Amélie Poulain in the beautiful district of Montmartre, in Paris, France. You may even see some photos of me dressed up as Amélie! *chuckle*
Chapters in this post:
- Photos of Amélie film locations and an Amélie inspired costume photoshoot
- Amélie film locations map with a Walking tour around Montmartre
- The real life Monsieur Collignon
Part II: Behind the scenes (coming soon)
- My love affair with Amélie…
- About this Blogpost
- About the Photoshoot
- Travels of my garden gnome
- Why you should visit Montmartre
All Amélie screen captures from Screen Musings
Most photos are taken by myself, Livia © Chamelle Photography
All other photos (myself in an Amélie costume) are taken by Julien © Julien LB Photography / Pic my trip
(NB: All retouching was done by me. I’ve adjusted the colour in my and my photographer’s photos to look like scenes in the film).
Photos of Amélie film locations and an Amélie inspired costume photoshoot
Rue Saint Vincent
Notre Dame Cathedral
Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris
Tel: 01 42 34 56 10
Café des Deux Moulins (Two Windmills Café)
Address: 15 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris
Tel: 01 42 54 90 50
This is the little supermarket/greengrocer (épicerie) where Monsieur Collignon and Lucien work and where Amélie usually does her grocery shopping. She also lives in the apartment right behind it. The owner of the supermarket has kept the ‘Maison Collignon‘ sign on the roof [see below for more info about the real life Monsieur Collignon.]
Maison Collignon Supermarket (real life: Au Marché de la Butte / Maison Chez Abdel)
Address: 56 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris
Canal Saint Martin
The canal lock in the film is located at the southern end of the canal, around Rue Dieu or Rue Léon Jouhaux. You cannot walk across the lock like she does though.
Abbesses métro station is located on Line 12 (dark green line). The entrance/exit is on the corner of Rue des Abbesses and Rue la Vieuville. You’ll notice that the Abbesses signs, the framing around the ads and the seats have all changed.
This is the scene where Amélie describes where she grew up (Enghien-les-Bains) and where Nino grew up (Square des Batignolles, Paris), 9km away.
This view can be seen from the Tour Montparnasse (Montparnasse Tower) 56th floor observation deck
Address: 33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris
This is the scene where Amélie leads the blind man around Montmartre before dropping him off at the métro station.
Lamarck-Caulaincourt métro station is located on Line 12 (dark green line), the same as Abbesses. This shot is taken from Rue Lamarck. This architectural design is unique because of its double staircase.
Palace Video (real life: Toys Palace)
Address: 37 bd de clichy, 75009 Paris (Pigalle)
Tel: 01 45 26 29 86
Place Saint-Pierre near Rue de Steinkerque.
The park between the carousel and the basilica is known as Square Louise-Michel (previously Square Willette). The phone booths are not there in real life 🙁
This is the costume hire store where Amélie buys the Zorro costume.
Au Clown de la République
Address: 11 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris
Tel: 01 42 72 73 73
Amélie takes photos of herself dressed in a Zorro costume in a photobooth. I found an old-fashioned black and white photobooth in this location, which could have been the one Amélie used. However, it may not be open all the time. See Part II for more details.
Address: 53 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris
This is the métro station where Amélie puts up the “Où et quand ?” (“Where and when?”) posters and Nino finds them.
Barbès-Rochechouart métro station, located on both Line 2 (dark blue line) and Line 4 (crimson/magenta line).
Rue Saint Vincent, 75018 Paris
Amélie film locations map with a Walking tour around Montmartre
I’ve created for you a simple walking tour around Montmartre, similar to the one I took (although I did it over several days and visits). I would leave yourself at least 2 hours to do this walk (more if you are a photographer). Honestly, I’d advise you to spend a whole day in Montmartre. There really is so much to see…
Start by taking the métro to Abbesses station. You’ll see that this is station that Amélie walks through. Note the tiling on the walls and the green Art Deco style signage at the exit of the station. [See pics in Part II of this blogpost]
This has got nothing to do with the movie but well worth a look. Not far from the métro exit near the little garden (Square Jehan Rictus) is the Mur des je t’aime (The wall of I love yous). It is easy to miss if you don’t look for it. I was lucky enough to have a local friend show it to me during my first visit. It really is a beautiful piece of artwork conceived by Frédéric Baron in 1992. Calligrapher Claire Kito and mural specialist Daniel Boulogne helped him create his vision: A wall with over 311 written declarations in 250 different languages of “I love you“. The 600+ tiles, with the scattering of red shards represent the pieces of a broken heart. Sitting in the little garden and looking at the wall is said to mend any broken heart. Aww…
Walk east along Rue Yvonne le Tac. I was lucky because the first time I came to Montmartre I had a friend show me around. Please don’t do what all the tourists do and immediately get on the funicular or take the steps to the top. By doing so you’ll miss seeing the beautiful courtyard where that phone call takes place. I’ve been to Basilica many many times now and that view of the Basilica sitting perched on top of the hill is a sight to behold. Whether looking up to it or looking down from there (and seeing the Paris skyline view), you cannot miss seeing the park Square Louis Michel.
During the Fête des Vendanges (Wine harvest festival) the park was closed and I was forced to take the horrible stairs, all 225 of them. If you cannot walk then you’d have to wait and pay for the funicular. Although there are also steps by going through this park it’s so picturesque it doesn’t seem like a chore climbing them.
Basilique du Sacré Coeur – if you wish, visit the inside of the basilica. It was beautiful but I was a little underwhelmed to be honest, probably because I think Lyon‘s Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière is more impressive on the inside 😉 and without crowds or security measures to deal with. Also, you are not allowed to take photos inside the Sacré Coeur.
Walk around the left side and back of the basilica, then go west along Rue de Chevalier de la Barre and Rue Saint Rustique or Rue Norvins until you reach the intersection where Galerie Butte Montmartre and Le Consulat restaurant are. You’ll notice that it’ll be super crowded around here and hard to take any decent photos. It is really picturesque though!
Head north down Rue des Saules, I say ‘down’ because the street descends. At the intersection of Rue de l’Abreuvoir you’ll see a pretty pink house/café called Maison Rose (Pink House). This has got nothing to do with the film but well worth a look. It’s the house of Maurice Utrillo. He was the son Suzanne Valadon, an acrobat and model encouraged by Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir. He is buried in the nearby Cimitière Saint-Vincent (cemetery).
Rue de l’Abrevoir is worth a look for its picture perfectness. I was lucky to come during autumn and see the beautiful leaves starting to change colour.
Otherwise, you can continue along Rue des Saules. At the corner of Rue Saint Vincent, you’ll see some vineyards (Clos Montmartre). Unfortunately they are private and not opened to the public except during the Fête des Vendanges (but not on the day I was there). The harvest gets about 1500 bottles of wine per year. I commented about ‘secret’ vineyards on my Instagram and it seems like nobody knows there are some in the heart of Paris. I’d first seen them during my first visit to Montmartre in 2011 and forgot about it till I looked at my photos again!
Rue Saint Vincent is also another picturesque street to have a look at if you have time. On the corner of Rue Saint Vincent and Rue des Saules is a cute little cabaret, Au Lapin Agile (The Agile Rabbit) which been there since around 1860. It was once frequented by poets and artists such as Picasso, Apollinaire, Utrillo, Modigliani, Orlan, Carco, Dorgeles, Max Jacob, Paul Fort, Blaise Cencrars and many more. …
Continue down Rue des Saules and turn left onto Rue Caulaincourt and then Rue Lamarck until you end up at Lamarck-Caulaincourt métro station entrance. This is where Amélie leaves the blind man.
You’ll now have to climb up the double staircase to get up to the next street. If you spend any amount of time in Montmartre you’ll soon realise that there are stairs everywhere!
Go south along Rue Pierre Dac and you’ll come to the other end of Rue Saint Vincent. If you walk about 100-200m up this road it’s where the opening and closing scenes were shot. But be warned it’s not easy to take photos in the middle of this street since there are always cars coming. You’ll notice the ancient Roman style aqueducts on this street.
Continue down Rue Girardon. You’ll come to one of many squares in Montmartre, Place Dalida. Keep going until you get to the inserction of Rue Lepic. Here you’ll see Le Moulin de la Galette restaurant. The café Les Deux Moulins (The Two Windmills) is named after the two windmills here, the Moulin Rouge and this one.
Go down Rue de l’Orchampt, Rue Ravignon and Rue des Trois Frères until you come across the cute little greengrocer in the film, Maison Collignon or Au marché de la Butte in real life. You’ll also pass Amélie‘s apartment along the way 😉 [see the section on “The real life Monsieur Collignon” below.]
Just a few metres down from Maison Collignon east along Rue des Trois Frères you’ll see a building with a black façade and if you’re lucky, the photomaton photo booth might be there too!
Go back along Rue des Trois Frères then Rue Garreau OR take Rue Ravignan and Rue des Abbesses until you hit Rue Lepic. Are you ready for it? I’ve saved the best for last!
After at least 2 hours of walking all over cobblestoney streets in hilly Montmartre, I’ll bet that your feet will be aching and you’ll be pretty exhausted. Now is the time to take a tea break, or lunch or dinner at everyone’s favourite cafe, Le Café des Deux Moulins! 🙂
This is where Amélie works of course and the real life café with the very same name actually exists. They receive a ton of patrons, locals and tourists alike so if you want to get a seat I’d suggest going at a less busy time, ie not a weekend. I had brunch there and it was not bad indeed. Unfortunately I did not get to try their crème brûlée!
After a snack or a meal I’m sure you’ll have more energy to keep walking! So if you’re still feeling motivated, you can walk down to the Blanche métro stop to see the famous Moulin Rouge (Red Windmill) building.
And if you really want to see as many Amélie sites as possible, and if you dare, walk along Boulevard de Clichy with its dozens of sex shops, and you’ll find the one that Nino works in called Toys Palace (Palace Video in the movie).
On my Amélie film locations Google Map you can see where I’ve marked other filming locations that aren’t in Montmartre.
The real life Monsieur Collignon
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to interview him properly as I’d wanted to (because he had to get back to work) but 55 year old Monsieur O. (I won’t publish his name for privacy reasons) told me he has owned and worked at this little grocery store for 30 years! He’s from Morocco and actually lives in Gennevilliers, in the suburbs north-west of Paris. It’s coincidentally located halfway between Montmartre and Enghien-les-Bains, where Amélie‘s father lives. It was kind of cool to meet the real life Mr Collignon, who – fortunately – wasn’t like the one in the film. 😀
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