PARIS, FRANCE – Amélie needs no introduction. Whether it’s the cinematography, the music, or Audrey Tautou that got to you, one phrase (a la Liz Lemon) comes to mind: “I want to go to there.” Well, now you can. Next time you’re in Paris, head straight to the Montmartre neighborhood to live like Amélie for an afternoon:
Café des 2 Moulins
15 Rue Lepic
Find Amélie’s place of work, Café des 2 Moulins (The 2 Windmills), where Rue Lepic and Rue Cauchois meet. Take the metro to Blanche in the 18th arrondissement, head towards the Moulin Rouge (but don’t go to it — it’s lame), and turn right at Rue Lepic. Bonus: when you enter the famed and often crowded café, you’ll find the gnome chillin on the bar.
Basilique du Sacré-Couer
38 Rue du Chevalier de La Barre
Also in Montmartre is the beautiful Sacred Heart Church where the carousel happens to live at the bottom of the stairs. This is the scene near the end of the film where Amélie tried to solve the mystery that is Nino. You can ride the carousel and climb the stairs to Sacré-Couer, but you can’t use the pay phone. There isn’t one.
From the top of the hill that Sacre-Couer rests upon, mozy your way down the winding neighborhoods until you reach Café des 2 Moulins. This is a picturesque walk of sidewalk cafés, boutiques, bread and cheese shops, tiny cars, and windmills. It screams, “This looks like a movie set, but in fact, it’s Paris.” Lucky you.