Au Soleil de la Butte

Movie The Spanish Apartment Cédric Klapisch (2002)
Au Soleil de la Butte is the scene of the separation of Xavier and Martine in Cédric Klapisch's film The Spanish Apartment.
Au Soleil de la Butte Paris
Au Soleil de la Butte Paris. Photo credit: Fantrippers

I told you that because… because… I knew it would hurt you. I know you loved me, but sometimes you just need to hit it where you know it’s gonna hurt.

Martine (Audrey Tautou) talking to Xavier (Romain Duris)

Xavier (Romain Duris) comes back from Barcelona on purpose to talk with Martine (Audrey Tautou). They meet at the Soleil de la Butte to talk over a beer.

The young woman takes the lead and chooses to break up with her friend. They smile at each other. There is no animosity between them and they even hug each other. Xavier knows that this is the last time they will kiss.


The number of collaborations between Romain Duris and Cédric Klapish before the shooting of The Spanish Apartment.

It was while visiting his sister, an Erasmus student where she was living with other young Europeans, that Cédric Klapisch had the idea for “Spanish Apartment”. It was this motley mix that caught his attention.

As a result of the film, the expression “Spanish Apartment” has become commonplace to describe this form of shared accommodation between people from different cultures and countries.

Au Soleil de la butte
At the Soleil de la Butte theatre of the break-up between Xavier and Martine in The Spanish Apartment (Cédric Klapish / Ce qui me Meut / France 2 Cinéma / Mate production)

Au Soleil de la Butte

At number 32 rue Muller, stands Au Soleil de la Butte, a restaurant located in Paris in the 18th district. It offers traditional French cuisine.

Au Soleil de la Butte is a popular place in the 18th arrondissement. During the day, the restaurant welcomes visitors to enjoy traditional French cuisine.

At night, the place receives night owls for a nightcap. Open until dawn on weekends, Au Soleil de la Butte has a room in the basement to accommodate groups of musicians or theater groups.

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Friday, October 8, 2021

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