Now before you get excited, allow me to confess: I made this tour up. That doesn’t mean it is any less spectacular, just that you won’t be able to do it with a tour guide. Without further ado, here is the ultimate Amelie fan’s Tour de Paris:
Eat raspberries off fingers
Because this is what Amelie does in the title credits of the movie, and because it is irresistible passing by the beautiful fruit stalls of Paris, and fun to sit on a bench in the middle of Montmartre and eat raspberries off your fingers (trust me, I know).
Visit the Cafe des 2 Moulins
Yes! Believe it or not, Amelie’s café exists! Okay, it’s not quite as magical as it was in the movie, but you can definitely see traces of the café in its current form, and if you are a real fan it’s pretty awesome to be sitting in the café itself. Just be warned that you will be sharing the moment with a lot of Asian tourists, who are every bit as much a fan as you are.
Collignon’s grocery store
This too exists! But without the grumpy and delightful pair of grocers, what a shame!
Perhaps my favourite stop on the tour, this is where Amelie sets up the blind date to return the photo album… You can also climb the stairs Nino climbed, following the birdseed arrows, which are funnily enough directly below the Sacre Coeur! If you’re not a fan, this will sound like gobbledygook.
This is, regrettably, as far as my half-day tour reached, mainly because we wanted to have a lazy lunch and unwind before our overnight train to Milan. But if you’re curious, the other stops on the tour would be:
- Eat creme brûlée with a teaspoon.
- Skim stones on St Martin’s Canal.
- Eat sugarplum ice cream.
- Take photo booth photos.
- Go on the ghost train at the fun fair.
Let me know if you do any of these!
PS: Don’t know what all the fuss is about? Here’s the Amelie trailer: