Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain is the loveliest French film I’ve seen, which, well quite frankly, is the only one I ever watched from beginning to end without losing interest. I suppose it’s the unique, whimsical and charming manner in which Amelie was presented that won my and viewers’ hearts everywhere. Not to mention that it’s set in my favorite city in the whole world, so I guess I’m a bit biased…
So, without question, my cousin (a fellow fan girl) and I just had to try and see the notable spots featured in the film during our previous (and hopefully not last) visit to the city of lights.
We got off this Metro station, hoping to get into Montmartre (at least from what I remember). Had to walk quite a bit, ending up in Pigalle where we found the Moulin Rouge, and then the Amelie cafe just a street behind it.
Note of advice: Never attempt to climb out of this Metro station . The winding stairwell was torture – it went on forever! For anyone coming here, I suggest riding the elevator up to street level.
Beautiful street view
The infamous Moulin Rouge in the raunchy Pigalle district. In the film, Nino worked in a sex shop in the same district.
A definite *whee* moment when we finally spotted the cafe! The famed cafe/resto where Amelie worked as a waitress
Another *whee* moment, when we entered the cafe.. we made it!
The place was obviously Amelie-fied to suit the fancy of fans visiting the place.
Of course the garden gnome was here too
A little shrine of sorts found in the back of the cafe towards the loo
Deux cafe et creme brulee, si’l vous plait…and a molten chocolate cake, too
flower shop down the street outside the cafe