2016 marks the 15th anniversary of one of France’s most internationally beloved films, the Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, or in the English speaking world, just plain old Amélie. With our hostel nestled right in the heart of historic Montmartre and, our guests are mere footsteps away from many of the places seen in the film…
The Café des 2 Moulin (15 Rue Lepic)
Minus the tobacco shop, Amelie’s place of work remains just as it was in the film. The cafe unfortunately boasts none of the eccentric staff seen in the film, but it does however serve up Amelie’s now world famous crémé brulée.
Hostel directions: Take a right out of the entrance and the first right on Rue Veron and its a minute away acorss the street. Time: 2 minutes.
Maison Collignon (56 Rue des Trois Freres)
Known locally as Chez Ali, after its owner, Ali decided to keep the signs from the film above his real life grocers, which was featured heavily in the film and also the location of Amelie’s own apartment over the store. Today he sells copious amounts of Amelie souveniers alongside his fruit and veg.
Hostel directions: Take a left out of the entrance and a right on to Rue des Abessess. The second left leads you to Rue Ravignan, at the end of which you will find the store. Time: Less than 5 mins.
Studio 28 (10 Rue Tholozé)
One of Paris’ oldest picture houses, Studio 28 was featured briefly in Amelie’s cinema scene and is one of Montmartre hidden gems. A true Parisian experience, the one screen cinema is off the beaten tourist track and also houses a small cafe if you don’t fancy the film on offer.
Hostel directions: take a left our of the entrance and left on to Rue Des Abbessess. Take the first right on to Rue Tholozé and you’re right outside. Time: about 30 seconds.
Abbessses Station (Place des Abbesses)
Right next to the carrousel (which was much nicer in the film) is Abbesses station where Amelie assissts the blind man. Although the actual station used for the scene was Porte des Lilas, the small square Place des Abbesses was used throughout the film and will be recognisable to ardent fans .
Hostel directions: Left out the entrance and right on to Rue des Abbesses until you see the carroussel. Time: Maybe 2 minutes, give or take.
Not only home to one of the most iconic shots from the movie but also one of the most spectacular views of the city of lights (especially at night). France’s second most visited church (after Notre Dame), only the Eiffel Tower boasts a higher view of Paris than the one available from the dome of the Sacre Cœur.
Hostel directions: Head to Place des Abbessess and keep going and it will appear on your left. Time: Less than 5 minutes.