In 2001, the French film Amélie conquered critics and audiences from Japan to the USA. The movie is, for the most part, set in Montmartre, not so much in the most touristy part around the Place du Tertre, but rather in the lesser-known Western part. Here’s a little Amélie-inspired checklist of some of the movie’s more recognizable locations:
Lamarck-Caulaincourt, Amélie's beautiful Metro station with the double staircase.
The busy food market on rue Lamarck and the mouthwatering delights that Amélie describes.
Les Deux Moulins (Place Blanche): the café where Amélie worked. One of the nicest cafés in the neighborhood, it’s always busy and filled with locals and tourists – searching for Amélie.
La Maison Colignon (56 rue des Trois Frères): Amélie’s grocery store. The grocer has kept the sign Maison Colignon, fondée 1956 from the movie. One of the shop's windows is now a showcase with newspaper clippings about the movie and the shop.
Allée des Brouillards, which means "fog" a very appropriate name for the place where Amélie sometimes came to do some day dreaming.
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