Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A walk in Amélie's footpaths: Abbesses

One of the most charming areas in Paris is Abbesses. It is also a treasured place for all those who cannot help but smile when they think of the film "Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain".

Enjoy a walk in the cosy streets, and let the Parisian old-fashioned ambiance fill your mind: Rue des Abbesses with all its cafés, Rue Lepic with all its fabulous food shops (and the "Café des Deux Moulins" from the film), Rue Yvonne le Tac, Rue des Trois Frères...

In Rue des Abbesses you find a wonderful bakery called Coquelicot ( where you can buy tasty "pains spéciaux", for instance olive-bread and bread with gooseliver bites.

When coming from Rue des Abbesss, I recommend you walk Rue Lepic both downwards and upwards - all the way to Place M.Aymé where you will find a very charming theater. Continue straight ahead towards Place Dalida, and then take Rue de l'Abreuvoir. If you stay on the west-side of the cathedral, you will find lots of enchanting streets and houses.

If it is your first time in Paris, it is worth to walk up the stairs from Place Saint-Pierre (or take the funicular), enjoy the spectacular view and have a glimpse at the Sacré Coeur cathedral - but elsewise focus on Abbesses and avoid the touristic area near the cathedral.

Métro: Abbesses, line 12.
"Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain" trailer: (English trailers are also available on youtube)

1 comment:

  1. For those who have seen Jean-Pierre Jeunet's romantic French film, here is some background information and the filming locations of Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain in and around the Montmartre district of Paris.

    À bientôt,
    Alexandre Fabbri
    Brasserie Alizé