The Montmartre of Amélie Poulain

Bygone Paris, full of poetry, artists and cobbled streets … steals the limelight

Paris, film

No, there is nothing wrong with your sense of direction! Although Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of Amélie, took a few liberties with the topography of the district, the Blanche metro station would be Amélie’s (Audrey Tautou) station. Nevertheless, the spot is a great place to start your walk.

Going up rue Lepic, you will recognize some of the local shops, fruit & veg shops and the horse butcher shop sign that the young woman 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 …

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.

Paris, métro Les Abbesses, film

And now to the little Willette public garden with its old-fashioned merry-go-round, below Sacré-Cœur basilica.The telephone box and trail marked with arrows: it is indeed there! To get to the top of the butte (hill), take the flight of steps that line the lawns … or the funicular. On arriving at the heart of the village of Montmartre, leave behind the place du Tertre and its busy surrounding, to find Amélie on Rue Saint-Vincent, bordering the vines. Then lose yourself, (why not?), near to 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 indeed Amélie’s ‘station’.

In a few minutes, you are at the Gare de l’Est. Recent embellishment work has changed the place, but with a little imagination, you can see the central hall, and even find a photo booth to immortalize your walk. This finishes by the canal Saint-Martin, the other favourite district of Amélie. Try your hand at skimming a flat stone across the water!

Butte Montmartre

Street, area of interest
Parvis du Sacré-Coeur, Paris, 75018

Montmartre is a district full of authentic charm, famous for the Sacré-Coeur basilica and a magnificent view of Paris. For the......

Rue Lepic

Street, area of interest
Rue Lepic, Paris, 75018

Rue Lepic is one of the most famous (and one of the liveliest) streets in Montmartre. The itinerary starts in Place Blanche, near......

Café des 2 moulins

15 rue Lepic, Paris, 75018

Why not start your day with an exquisite French breakfast in one of the most famous Parisian cafes? The Café des 2 Moulins......

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre

Place of worship
Parvis du Sacré-Coeur - 35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Paris, 75018

The Sacré-Coeur, consecrated in 1919, is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. At the top of the Butte Montmarte, it has one......

Place du Tertre

Place (square)
Place du Tertre, Paris, 75018

Here, folklore is in full swing, between the restaurant terraces and asels belonging to the artists who share 140 spaces, giving......

Funiculaire de Montmartre

Public transport
Butte Montmartre, Paris, 75018

The funicular at Montmartre takes you from the bottom of the hill up to the Sacré Cœur in Montmartre. The journey lasts 1 minute......

Gare de l'Est

Train stations and left-luggage
Place du 11 novembre 1918, Paris, 75010

Located in the heart of the 10th arrondissement and just a 10-minute walk from Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est welcomes 37 million......

Canal Saint-Martin

Street, area of interest
Quai de Jemmapes, Paris, 75010

Extending over 4.5 km, of which 2 are underground, the canal has linked the Port de l’Arsenal to the La Villette canal basin......