Movie fan or not, some of these spots, immortalised forever on celluloid (or something rather more digital these days) are definitely worth adding to your ‘must see’ list in Paris. From entire neighbourhoods like Amelie’s Montmartre to the chicest of hotels made famous in Sex & The City or the cosiest of bookshops, as we all know, Paris is packed with the most picturesque of places.
The Shakespeare and Co. bookshop
Shakespeare & Co. © Hannah Swithinbank/Flickr
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s romance had us hooked in Before Sunrise when the young travellers, Jesse and Celine, fall in love in Vienna, but, it’s in Before Sunset that Paris gets a starring role, specifically The Shakespeare and Co. book store, a quaint English-language bookshop on the Rive Gauche where Hawke’s character has a book signing. By the by, rumour has it Owen Wilson is a regular, after he discovered the gem, when filming a scene of Midnight in Paris there.
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The Pont Bir Hakeim aka the 'Inception Bridge'
Pont de Bir-Hakeim and view on the 16th Arrondissement © Daniel Vorndran/DXR
The Pont Bir Hakeim became famous thanks to director Christopher Nolan who used the column features in his movie: Inception. Thanks to a mirror image, continuing the bridge ‘forever’, it’s part of a dream sequence where the movie’s stars Leonardo Di Caprio and Ellen Page bend the realms of reality. Eagle-eyed moviegoers will also recognise it from the first shots in Last Tango in Paris.
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Saint Sulpice church © Wikimedia
The second largest church in Paris, after Notre Dame, Saint Sulpice shot to fame when it was featured in the blockbuster: The Da Vinci Code. Set in a quiet back street in pretty Saint Germain, south of the river, the impressive 12th century church plays a key role in the film, with the Rose Line running through it. Because the church did not allow filming inside, the interiors were recreated in studios and rumour has it the resident priest isn’t a fan of the film, or visitors asking to see the fictitious Rose line and keystone, so it’s best for Dan Brown fans to keep quiet during their pilgrimage...
Café des Deuz Moulins © Facebook
The whole world fell in love with Audrey Tautou as Amélie Poulain, and even more so, with the romantic streets of Montmartre. Don’t miss a coffee at Amelie’s place of work, the Café des Deux Moulins at 15 Rue Lepic or even a hot crème brulee, named after the whimsical heroine. The grocery store Au Marche de la Butte is at the corner of rue des Trois Freres and rue Androuet, while the apartment is just around the corner at 56 rue des Trois Freres.
The Plaza Athenee
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
On one of Paris’ most beautiful avenues, the Avenue Montaigne, you’ll find the legendary Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Sex & The City addicts will immediately recognise its signature red awnings, the Athenee’s revolving doors and the Eiffel Tower view from the bedroom balcony where Carrie inhales the Parisian air while daydreaming about Big. Other movies shot here include Jack Nicholson’s Something’s Gotta Give and the Devil Wears Prada which features Meryl Streep stepping out in front of the famous façade.