Paris: Top 10 locations of Midnight in Paris

Through timeless encounters with the greatest artists of Paris in the 1920s, Woody Allen made a real declaration of love to the capital while signing his greatest box-office success. Follow in Gil's footsteps for inspiring walks. Without waiting for the twelve strokes of midnight.
Reality/Fiction Midnight in Paris

You don’t have to wait until midnight to walk around the capital. With the Paris guide of the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels under your arm, explore the city at any time of the day.

1. Saint-Etienne du Mont Church

Saint-Etienne du Mont Church - Midnight in Paris
Saint-Etienne du Mont Church – Midnight in Paris

It is on the steps at the foot of the north portal of the church of Saint-Etienne du Mont, on the side of the Place de l’Abbé-Basset, that, every evening, Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) waits for his strange friends from another time. Very heterogeneous, this church mixes Gothic, classical and Renaissance decoration. A marriage that can be explained by the very high construction time, since it lasted between 1492 and 1626. Sculptures and statues were not added until the 19th century.

Address: Place Sainte-Geneviève, 75005 Paris, France

2. Bistro Paul

Bistro Paul - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Bistro Paul – Photo credit: Fantrippers

During another night stroll in Paris, Gil (Owen Wilson) and Adriana (Marion Cotillard) sit on the terrace of the bistro Paul. It was built at the very beginning of the 20th century and has preserved the architecture of the time. After being sold several times, the establishment is a key figure in the Parisian landscape.

Address: 15 place Dauphine, 75001 Paris, France

3. Palace Le Bristol

Palace le Bristol - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Palace le Bristol – Photo credit: Fantrippers

After a visit to Monet’s gardens in Giverny, Gil and Inez (Rachel McAdams) meet her parents at the Hotel Bristol. During their entire stay in Paris, they occupy the 320m2 panoramic suite. With 188 rooms, this palace has the largest private garden in Paris, a swimming pool overlooking Paris and the Sacré-Coeur, a spa, a three-star Epicure gourmet restaurant, a brasserie, a bar and even its own bakery.

Address: 110 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France

4. Fitzgerald’s party

The crazy Fitzgerald dance party was filmed at the Fairground Arts Museum and Gil participated in it on his third magical night. This museum reconstructs a decor of rides of yesteryear, whose attractions can be used by visitors. Like his main character, Woody Allen is also a lover of Paris, he even declared that he would live there if his home was not in New York.

Address: 53 avenue des Terroirs-de-France, 75012 Paris, France

5. Le Grand Véfour

Le Grand Véfour - Midnight in Paris
Le Grand Véfour – Midnight in Paris

Gil, Inez (Rachel McAdams) and her parents are having lunch at a table in this 18th century establishment, while discussing a typically French subject: politics. This is the second time Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson have played a couple of lovers after Wedding Crashers, released in 2005. Opened in 1784 first as a café, in 1820 it became one of the very first gastronomic restaurants in Paris.

Address: 17 rue de Beaujolais, 75001 Paris, France

6. Gertrude Stein’s apartment

During his second night of magic, Gil is taken to the poet, writer and playwright Gertrude Stein. Arriving in Paris in 1904 to join her brother, the American feminist quickly became interested in the artistic effervescence of the City of Light. His apartment was known as one of the places where artists and intellectuals from all over the world met every Saturday. This is the real address where Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. lived. Toklas.

Address: 27 rue de Fleurus, 75006 Paris, France

7. Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare and Company - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Shakespeare and Company – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Now almost a Parisian, Gil strolls through the famous English-speaking bookstore in the 5th arrondissement. It is even said that Owen Wilson, Gil’s interpreter, is a regular visitor to this place during his stays in the capital.

Address: 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

8. Duluc Agency

Agence Duluc - Midnight in Paris
Agence Duluc – Midnight in Paris

At Duluc Detective, a real private detective agency, Inez’s father hires someone to follow Gil. Established on this site since 1945, the agency was founded in 1913. For the spy scene in the car, Gad Elmaleh’s only instruction was to act according to his vision of a detective undercover. Appreciating the actor enormously, Woody Allen decided to trust him completely and to let him go free.

Address: 18 rue du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France

9. Musée de l’Orangerie

At the Musée de l’Orangerie, Gil and Inez enjoy another enlightened visit alongside Paul (Michael Sheen) on the occasion of an exhibition devoted to Monet. Built in 1852, the building was originally a winter storage shed for the orange trees in the Tuileries garden. Transformed into a museum in 1927, Claude Monet installed his wall ensemble of Water Lilies there, following a proposal by Georges Clémenceau. Monet paid for the interior fittings himself and donated his work to France.

Address : Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France

10. Jean-XXIII Square

Square Jean-XXIII - Midnight in Paris
Square Jean-XXIII – Midnight in Paris

In the Jean-XXIII square, Gil has the Rodin museum guide (Carla Bruni-Sarkozy) translate Adriana’s memoirs. He then discovers that the muse is in love with him and he will try to seduce her that very night. This park has an area of 10,797 m2. Funnily enough, the ex-First Lady of France was paid an extra fee of €150 a day for the scenes she shot while her husband was still President of the Republic.

Address: 4 parvis Notre-Dame – Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

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The Paris guide to the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels

The Paris guide to the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels

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The café of Amélie, the mansion of Untouchables, the jazz club of the finale of La La Land, the Hôtel du Nord of the mythical replica of Arletty “Atmosphere”, the cinema of A bout de souffle, the restaurant of Ratatouille, the quays of the Seine of Midnight in Paris, the secret places of the Da Vinci Code, the grocery store of January in La Traversée de Paris , the Bridge of Inception and Peur sur la ville, the addresses of the spectacular scenes of Mission Impossible 6, but also series Call my agent, Gears, Le Bureau des légendes, Sense8, Sex and The City, Gossip Girl…

Etienne Daho’s Café de Flore, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s hotel in Nas in Paris, Serge Gainsbourg’s Poinçonneur des Lilas metro station, Serge Reggiani and Marc Lavoine’s Mirabeau Bridge, Mc Solaar’s Lyon station…

The places evoked in the comics Adèle Blanc-Sec, Largo Winch, Blake and Mortimer, Michel Vaillant…

But also in the novels of Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo, Leo Malet, Daniel Pennac, Marc Levy, Guillaume Musso… you’ll find all the must-see places of Parisian Pop Culture in this new guide.

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By Damien Duarte

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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