Oh la la, the Seine banks, the Haussmannian architecture, the typical brasseries, the old subway, the paved streets, the covered passages, the parks, the view from Montmartre, the fashion... Who has never dreamt about a trip in Paris?
Since we live abroad, we enjoy going back to the city of lights more than ever. Wandering around Canal St Martin, getting a fresh croissants from the boulangerie, seeing an exhibition in Beaubourg, all that stuff that used to be part of our life now make us dream. And while waiting to hop on a plane destination Paris, when we sometimes get homesick, there's always cinema to take us there for a couple of magical hours.
Discover a list of 10 movies that will make you want to visit Paris -and please, share in the comments YOUR favorite Paris movies! Merci, et bon voyage...
Discover 10 movies that will make you want to visit Paris
Winter is coming with its cold and cosy nights, there is no better time to enjoy some movies that will feed your wanderlust. Here's a list that will make you want to plan your next city trip... to Paris! Note : it is highly recommended to watch them with a box of macarons by your side. Just to set up the mood! ;)
#1. Amelie (2001)
How could I write a list of movies set in Paris without talking about Amelie? This classic takes you to the most charming parts of the city, from Montmartre's steep streets, Le Pont des Arts, Pigalle to the Canal St Martin in a beautiful vintage style. Movie scene location spotted : Le Café des 2 Moulins exists! 15, Rue Lepic, in Paris 18. ❤
#2. Ratatouille (2007)
Paris AND some gastronomic food... What else could we be asking for? How about a cute little rat who dreams of becoming a French chef? From the Eiffel Tower to the luxurious restaurant La Tour d'Argent, Ratatouille offers a poetic tour of the capital. ❤
#3. Moulin Rouge (2001)
Paris to our screens -the BIG way! This musical tells the story of a romantic poet falling in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, a cabaret actress and courtesan. Prepare to enter into a dreamy, sparkling kind of Paris...
#4. Midnight in Paris (2011)
While traveling in time, Midnight in Paris makes you explore the city of light in the jazz age. Like in its New York's movies, Woody Allen shows us the best the city has to offer -the Left Banks' lovely shops, the Parc Monceau, the Eiffel Tower, the double-decker Pont Bir Hakeim, Monet's Garden, Le Bristol, Place Vendôme, Pont Alexandre III... Movie scene location spotted : the church steps are located in the 5th, behind the Pantheon, on the left side of Eglise St-Etienne-du-Mont.
#5. The Aristocats (1970)
This classic Walt Disney movie takes us on a lovely story of Paris, from the rooftops of the city to some beautiful classic Haussmannian apartments.
#6. Inception (2010)
This science fiction movie directed by Christopher Nolan takes us on a rather original journey, featuring some fabulous shots of Paris. The famous endless bridge was filmed under the Pont Bir Hackeim in the 15th, near the Eiffel Tower.
#7. intouchables (2012)
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. Despite their differences, they soon become friends, offering a beautiful drama story set in the beautiful quarters of Paris. ❤
#8. Julie & Julia (2009)
This movie takes place between Paris and New York, starring talented Meryl Streep in the role of Julia. She does her grocery shopping in Rue Mouffetard market, shops on the Left Banks, visits the BHV and eats her favorite onion soup in Le Pied de Cochon. And definitely makes you want to eat some French Food!
#9. La La Land (2016)
If most of the movie takes place in Los Angeles, there's a scene set in Le Caveau de la Huchette, as an underground jazz bar in the Latin Quarter of Paris. It might be featured only briefly in the film, but the jazzy / old school Parisian atmosphere is irresiiistible! ❤
#10. Marie-Antoinette (2006)
Sofia Coppola's movie actually doesn't take place in Paris but at the Palace of Versailles, transporting you in the royal Parisian lifestyle of Marie-Antoinette. It traces the life of the archduchess of Austria who becomes crown Princess then Queen of France through her marriage with the future Louis XVI. You won't see Paris in this one, but you'll see enough Parisian gourmandises to make you want to buy a one way ticket to the French capital... right now!