Four Romantic Movies Set in Paris and their Filming Locations

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Four Romantic Movies Set in Paris and their Filming Locations

The City of Light has been a captivating backdrop for some of the most iconic and romantic films in cinematic history. From dreamy romances to heartwarming tales, the city’s elegant streets, world-famous landmarks, and natural beauty have provided the perfect setting for stories about love and romance.  

If you’re a fan of romantic movies and planning a trip to Paris, here are some must-see films set in the city, along with the locations that have become synonymous with their tales. Consider exploring these spots on your next trip.

1. Before Sunset (2004)

Before Sunset takes you on a stroll through the rues de Paris as two former lovers reunite and spend an enchanting afternoon together. The film is the second in the ‘Before’ trilogy and takes place nine years after the couple’s encounter in Vienna. Jesse (Ethan Hawke) is in Paris for the launch of his novel, and he reunites with Celine (Julie Delpy) for a few hours, capturing the complexities of their relationship. The film unfolds in real time, following the characters as they engage in deep and intricate conversations as they stroll. It’s a love letter to a flânerie through the streets of the French capital, and the iconic Shakespeare & Company bookstore, nestled near the Seine and Notre Dame, is a must-visit location for lovers of this film. 

Shakespeare and Co. is an iconic location and features in many movies. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Shadowgate from Novara

Before Sunset Filming Locations

Rue Charlemagne, Rue des Jardins Saint-Paul & Rue Saint-Julien le Pauvre, 75004

Céline’s apartment: 75 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75011

Quai de la Tournelle, 75005

1 Coulée Verte René-Dumont, 75012

Le Pure Café: 14 Rue Jean-Macé, 75011

Shakespeare and Company: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005

2. Midnight in Paris (2011)

Midnight in Paris is a whimsical tale that transports you through time as the protagonist explores the streets of Paris at night. Gil Pender (Owen Wilson), an aspiring novelist, is thrown into a whole new era during his late-night walks, going back in time and meeting literary icons such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. The movie expertly crafts a romantic storyline that delves into themes of love and longing, making it a timeless romance. The Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont is one of the many iconic locations featured in the film, immersing viewers in Paris’s beauty and architectural splendor.  

Saint-Étienne-du-Mont on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève in the 5th arrondissement, near the Panthéon, contains the shrine of St. Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris. Photo credit: Bernard Laguerre / Flickr

Midnight in Paris Filming Locations

Le Café Saint-Médard, 53 Rue Censier, 75005

Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church, 68 Rue de la Montagne Ste Geneviève, 75005

53 Quai de Bourbon, 75004

Square Jean-XXIII, 75004

Musée Rodin, 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007

Deyrolle, 46 Rue du Bac, 75007

Pont Alexandre III, 75008

Rue Galande, 75005

Le Bristol, 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008

Restaurant Paul, Place Dauphine, 75001

3. Amélie (2001)

Amélie is a heartwarming and visually stunning film set in the charming neighborhood of Montmartre. The story revolves around Amélie (Audrey Tautou), a shy and quirky waitress who, after deciding to change the lives of those around her for the better, embarks on a quest to spread joy, leading her to find true love. The Café des Deux Moulins, where much of the movie unfolds, is a delightful spot to experience the same whimsical atmosphere that continues to capture the hearts of audiences worldwide.

This charming corner café was made famous by the movie Amélie, where locals and tourists alike enjoy classic French dishes and a relaxing atmosphere. Credit: Diogo Fagundes, Unsplash

Amélie Filming Locations

Amélie’s apartment and the grocery store: Au Marché de la Butte, 56 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018

Métro Lamarck-Caulaincourt, 75018

Café des Deux Moulins, 15 Rue Lepic, 75018

Sacré-Cœur, 75018

Quai de Valmy, Canal Saint-Martin 75010

Gare de l’Est, Rue du 8 Mai 1945, 75010

4. Paris, je t’aime (2006)

Paris, je t’aime is an anthology feature film that showcases 18 different five-minute segments, each depicting various narratives. The movie explores the plurality of love, with 20 filmmakers contributing to the project, and each segment is set in a different Parisian neighborhood, weaving together a single narrative. From the bustling streets of Faubourg Saint-Denis to the iconic Tour Eiffel, this film showcases the diverse and romantic tapestry of the City of Light. As each section is in a different arrondissement, there’s a wide selection of filming locations, one of them being the Tuileries metro station. Steve Buscemi breaks the carinal rule of avoiding eye contact and suffers the consequences, as directed by the Coen brothers…

The Tuileries metro station was chosen as the filming location by the Coenn brothers for their short segment in Paris, I love you. Photo credit: Arthur Weidmann/ Wikimedia Commons

Paris, je t’aime Filming Locations

Tuileries metro station, 75001 (actually filmed in Porte des Lilas, the abandoned metro station)

Place des Petits-Pères, 75002

Quartier des Enfants Rouges, 75003

Rue des Rosiers & Place des Vosges, 75004

Jardin Tino Rossi, Grand Mosque of Paris & Jardin des Plantes, 75005

Rue de Médicis & Café le Rostand, 75006

Eiffel Tower & Champ de Mars, 75007

Rue du Rocher & Rue Portalis, 75008

Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, 75010

Place de Bastille, Brasserie du Square Trousseau, 75011

Porte de Choisy, Rue de Tolbiac & Rue Nationale, 75013

Parc Montsouris, 75014

Parc Monceau, 75017

Place des Fêtes, 75019

Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, 75020

The “I Love You” wall in Paris. Credit: Shutterstock

Lead photo credit : Photo courtesy of Pixabay

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